Wayne Thiebaud Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Wayne Thiebaud game that excites students. Teach your students about modern art as well as how to create tints and shades using oil pastels.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Wayne Thiebaud 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.
You will create a still life using this Wayne Thiebaud game by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to put it together.
- The first roll will determine the tasty treat you will make. Draw it very big.
- Then draw a simple background on your own.
- The second roll will decide what icing decoration you will add.
- The last three rolls are for a decorative lollipop topper, some candy, and an extra fun treat. Add as many of the decorations as needed to fill the space.
- Use oil pastels to color it in, starting with the background then the cake and decorations.
- Lastly, layer white pastel on top of all the cake colors to make tints of those colors.
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 Wayne Thiebaud 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.
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create a Wayne Thiebaud still life drawing with tints and shades in oil pastels
- Oil Pastels
- Construction Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Wayne Thiebaud Game)
- 9-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Wayne Thiebaud Background Information Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- 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)
Love this! I used it with my second graders and they loved being able to draw different things! – Laura C.
Thanks this came out awesome! We used the roll the dice more for ideas and for the students that just couldn’t get started, it really gave them the confidence to paint their own desserts – Rachel Jeter
Kids had so much fun with this activity. Who doesn’t love drawing cakes and ice cream? – Daniela P.