Victorian House Drawing Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons for distance learning? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Victorian house drawing project. The theme also ties in nicely with Autumn and Halloween. However, it’s presented in a way that’s more mature for middle school students. In this lesson, they will learn about Victorian era architecture, the elements of art called space, and how architects combine forms. In addition, it teaches students about combining watercolor and colored pencil for a mixed media effect.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Victorian house drawing 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, put them in a 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.
- First, draw your house design onto a sheet of heavy white drawing paper.
- Next, roll the die to pick a door from the first column and draw it. Feel free to simplify any of the designs if need be.
- Then, roll the die again to choose a doorway.
- Roll twice to pick two different types of windows from the third column.
- Then, roll twice again to pick two different decorative elements.
- And lastly, select a decorative siding.
- At this point you’ll want to add a background and any other personal details of your choosing.
- Next, outline everything in permanent marker and erase any pencil marks.
- Then, using either regular or liquid watercolors, paint your house. Use different sized brushes for different areas of the design as needed. Be creative and mix colors.
- Once it’s completely dry, create textures and shading using colored pencils. It’s best to hold the pencils on a steep angle so you don’t push hard with them. The goal here is to put a light layer of colored pencil on some areas, not on everything.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the victorian houses drawing game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
5th – 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to design a Victorian house drawing using authentic examples of 19th century architectural designs and mixed media.
- Permanent Marker
- Regular or Liquid Watercolors
- Colored Pencils
- Drawing Paper
You Will Receive
- 14-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Victorian Houses Drawing Game)
- 13-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Victorian Era Architecture Handouts
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Pages
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)