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Have you been trying to find the perfect back-to-school art activity for your students?
Art challenges are a great way to get your students working together and thinking outside the box. They keep things interesting for you and your students that first week of school.
Art challenges are also a great way to practice art room routines and expectations. The first few class periods are the perfect time to clear up any confusion and redirect or reteach as needed.
Finally, while art challenges can be done individually or in groups, I like to make sure my first set can be done in groups. It’s a nice way for students to get to know each other.
This challenge works for almost any age level. I would recommend it for 1st grade and up. It’s a fun challenge to get your students collaborating right away.
Create a portrait by taking turns drawing facial features with your group in the allotted amount of time given.
You should get a wide range of fun results. If you noticed, the challenge just asks students to create a portrait. So, it is possible that the portrait may end up non-human which is just fine. Students may use their imaginations to make something besides a human such as an animal, alien, or monster. The AOE team did this challenge at a retreat recently with our keynote speaker, Mike Wagner. It was so much fun, and we were all engaged! Your students will be, too.
This is a great hands-on activity that allows your students to collaborate with their classmates. This challenge works well for 3rd through 12th grade students.
Design a self-supporting structure using only note cards and the allotted amount of tape. The structure should be at least twelve inches tall.
This challenge will have your students thinking outside the box. At the same time, it will help them think about the classroom environment that works best for them. This challenge works well for 1st grade and up. You can modify it for kindergarten by using only drawing materials.
Create a collage that embodies what you want and expect out of our classroom environment. You can use words and images to get your point across within the time limitation.
This is a fun challenge that also helps you understand the needs of your students. It’s a win-win!
All in all, starting off the year with art challenges in your classroom is a great way to get your students off to a fun, engaging start and build a positive classroom culture. Ready or not, the first day is coming!
What art challenges have you done the first week of school?
Which art challenge would you like to try the most?
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