Collaborative Snowball Task Game

Task Game

(HYBrid and distance learning)

Student played a variation of the Snowball Game which is crumpling up paper after writing on it and throwing it across the room.  Then they chose a random paper and drew what was listed on it.  I showed them Oliver Herring’s TASK video to talk about Social Practice as a new art form and how that involves the audience as raw material for the actual art and process.  He holds large art gatherings and in this example, he has people write a task for someone else and put it in a box.  Another person draws an example from the box and does what it says.

I adapted this for distance learning by making Google Slides where each student could add in three facts about themselves as a get to know you activity and then write a drawing prompt for another student, who would then draw it.

Task Drawing Examples

This student’s prompt was to draw a Conga Line.

This task was to draw an imaginary creature.

This one goes with the prompt below that asks the other person to draw emotions on a sad day.

Posters for a Cause

Unit 5 Social Justice Poster/poster for a cause

(Hybrid and distance learning)

In this unit, students researched a variety of social justice posters ranging from 1960s French student uprisings to contemporary global warming, feminist issues, human rights and immigration. After researching, they came up with sketches on their posters after making a list of ideas. They then created the final poster using emphasis and contrast.
























Digital and Drawn Self Portraits

Unit 4 Self Portraits

(Hybrid & Distance Learning)

In this unit, students made three self-portrait drawings about a cactus drawing, digital or printed selfie drawing and a drawing in a reflective surface that was not a mirror.  The cactus drawing was first developed through a set of bio questions about themselves to help generate ideas and symbols for their artwork.  The second drawing was based of a prompt where they chose a hero and someone they admired and explored selifies using the individual face, snapseed or adobe express photo app and then draw digitally on their phone or printed on paper and drew to make the connection between themselves and another person.  The reflection drawing was made in any surface they wanted such as spoons, computers, phones or other objects.  It had to use shading and could have used color.

Part i Cactus self portrait Drawing



part 2 hero inspired selfie drawing










Part 3 reflection drawings



Elements & Principles Scavenger Hunt

Unit 1 Elements & Principles Scavenger Hunt

(Hybrid & Distance LEarning)

The first unit in Drawing and Painting I was an Elements of Art & Principles of Design Scavenger Hunt where the students needed to find images of all these categories such as color, shape, unity, pattern, rhythm etc. They could take photos or look on the Internet.   This was a great way to build a common vocabulary to start the beginning of the trimester.


Periodic Table Characters (Drawing & Watercolor)

Units 2 & 3 – Periodic table character generation

(Drawing and Watercolor Painting)

(Hybrid & Distance Learning)

This is a three part unit where  students created a character from the periodic table, made a watercolor background as a setting and wrote a story or made an animation about their persona.  They filled out a series of questions about their character, chose to sketch their character realistically or with cartooning and explored mark making and shading in order to arrive at two final drawings that applied these ideas.  They had access to cartoon handouts, websites and figure drawing poses on the Internet as helpers. This lesson encouraged lateral thinking and personification as well as storytelling.  We also looked at images by Odilon Redon the comics of Wonder Woman for inspiration, as well as the watercolors of John Singer Sargeant.

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Milah used carbon for her element and explored diamonds and hairstyles.

Gwen’s sketches are playful renderings of her character.

Ava explored the element of antimony with a character with two personality sides.

They practiced shading by observing objects in order to understand and apply shading to their characters.

watercolor Character Settings

Students practiced their watercolor techniques in a grid by watching a video I made.


Grace’s character setting was in Australia.


Some students chose to put their character inside their watercolor as one option I gave them.