Ugly Christmas Sweater Art Game
Need a creative bulletin board for December? Imagine these cute sweaters in your hallway along with one of the two included writing prompts. This ugly Christmas sweater art lesson is perfect for classroom teachers wanting to learn how to paint with markers. Step-by-step picture directions are given for how to transfer the template to drawing paper. However, if you’re short on time, you can simply have your students design directly onto the template using colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide them from start to finish.
Are you going to be absent and need a last minute art lesson for the substitute? Or do you need something for students during indoor recess? Fill up your art sub plan folder with no-prep, fuss-free art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with drawing paper and markers. And leave copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. This works well for both classroom and art teachers alike.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your classroom? This ugly Christmas sweater art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will design an ugly Christmas sweater by rolling the die and collecting the different patterns required to create it. First, trace the sweater onto another sheet of heavy white drawing paper. Then, roll the die to select the neckline and draw it. Next, roll to determine which festive motif you’ll add to the chest area. Draw it big! Lastly, roll three more times to select cheerful words and patterns that can be added anywhere else in the design. Repeat them as much as you like.
Using washable markers, outline everything. Be sure to outline large areas where they meet parts of the design. Dip a small brush in water and carefully smudge it in the marker lines to paint in the shapes. If you need to neatly add more “paint” to larger areas, smudge some marker on a scrap piece of paper and use that as a paint palette. Allow each area to dry slightly before moving on to a neighboring area of the design.
When dry, cut it out. If you’re short on time, design directly onto the print out from page 4 and color with dry media such as markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
Simply print out the game and picture directions back-to-back, give them dice, and watch them have fun creating their own ugly Christmas sweater. Once completed, use the writing prompts to connect literacy to your lesson.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to design an ugly sweater using 5 unique patterns and paint it in using a marker painting technique
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Ugly Christmas Sweater Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- 2 Templates
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- 2 Writing Prompts
- 2 Coloring Pages
- Helpful Tips and Tricks
- Pattern Practice Drawing Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use on Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Microsoft OneDrive)
This was a great and easy to use station for the holiday season! It was amazing how easy to use and it was a great station for a holiday party! – Deirdre
This is a great resource! It was easy to set up and took almost no time to prep. The powerpoint was wonderful and I used it to go along with my sequencing unit. The students enjoyed the process and really made beautiful “ugly sweaters!” – Sarah H.
Love this activity. Students were able to have a little freedom to decorate but still on task during this chaotic season of school. – Dani