Pick and Draw: A Good Investment For Your Art Room?

We’ve talked before on AOE about the benefits and drawbacks of How to Draw books. In my opinion, I think it’s all in the presentation. I always tell my students that these books can be used as a resource and should not be copied exactly. Furthermore, at the elementary level, I think that seeing a drawing broken down can be really helpful for students that are intimidated by drawing something new.

With that in mind, I am excited today to share my thoughts on a game called Pick and Draw by creator Rich Davis. It’s an engaging drawing game for all levels that leads to hilarious results. Watch to see if I would recommend this product for an elementary art classroom!


And just for fun, Rich Davis has also created the “Big Book of Pick and Draw Resources” that gives you even more ideas to use with kids to get them interested in drawing.

The blog “Draw with Rich” also has regular updates with ideas for fun step by step cartoon drawings and shows examples of how students are using Pick and Draw in the classroom.

A quick side note: When browsing through the deck, I noticed that there was one card that contained a religious message. For my public school setting, removing the card was an easy way to make the game an appropriate addition to my classroom.


Do you have any fun drawing games in your classroom?

Do you think a game like this would work for you?  


6 years ago

Amanda Heyn

Learning Team

Amanda is the Senior Editor at AOE. She has a background in teaching elementary art and enjoys working to bring the best ideas from the world of art ed to the magazine each day. 


  • I bought Pick and Draw for my 3-5 art room this summer. My students LOVE it! I keep the Pick and Draw cards in my activity center for my students that are done early and it is always being used! I highly recommend this for art teachers with elementary students!  :)

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  • Art on my hands

    My students love the game Doodle Dice by Jax. I have multiple copies and have even worn out the dice in one set. The object is to collect one each of six different colored cards. Six dice are rolled that have curves, horizonal lines, diagonal lines, etc on them. You combine the pictures on the dice to create a match to a card. Once you match, you collect the card toward winning the game. It is popular will all grades 1 – 5, I have not played it with the K students. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in adding games to their classroom. Up to 6 students can play at a time.

    • I had never heard of Doodle Dice. I just googled it and it looks so fun. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Becca Ruth

    I have had great success with this game. I used it on the first day of school with my students. You can see my blog review of it here: http://ms-artteacher.blogspot….

  • Beth Carter

    It would also be a good lesson on shortened days or before holidays.

  • S. White

    My students LOVE the How to draw books and I stress to them that they are purely for reference and are not HOW TO TRACE books. I am sure the students are going to enjoy this game very much!

    • Ha. I’m with you 100 percent. They are definitely NOT “how to trace” books!

      • I have snatched away a drawing of a kid who traced in the “how to draw book” – That was not very nice of me, but it was one of my best artists. You should have seen their face. Point taken.

  • rachelle

    looks like fun!

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