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

We’ve talked before 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.

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Do you have any fun drawing games in your classroom?

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Amanda Heyn

Amanda Heyn is AOEU’s Director of K–12 PD & Media and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She enjoys creating relevant and engaging professional development just for art teachers.

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