Real art... not art projects or coloring pages!
Perfect for Art centers, early finishers, and independent work!
Bring more art into your classroom, give students with something creative and thought-provoking to do when they finish their assignments, and foster independence and creativity in students with these Art Task Cards.
These self-directed activities are designed to be used independently by students on their own time, although they may also be used as an idea bank for whole class art activities. The cards can be used in any order, and any of these simple art activities can be explored more than once. Keep the whole set handy for easy access. Use them
- for early finishers
- in art centers
- as independent work
- during choice time
- on rainy days
- for substitute plans
- before vacation
- after testing
- just for fun!
Independent use of these art task cards gives students practice in following simple written, step-by-step directions. The directions are a starting point for activities which allow for creative art exploration, the development of an aesthetic sense, opportunities for self-expression and problem-solving, and the productive use of free time.
Each task card includes a list of art materials needed, simple directions for the activity, and two photographs of actual student art work for those students who need a visual reference. Some activities offer additional suggestions for extending the activity or for enhancing creative details.
This bundle includes Art Task Cards Set One and Art Task Cards Set Two.
Art Task Cards Set One
8 drawing activities
8 collage activities
8 activities exploring the elements of art
Art Task Cards Set Two
8 symmetry activities
8 painting activities
8 activities focusing on composition
Each set includes:
- directions and suggestions for teachers
- list of basic and extended materials to have on hand
- suggestions for storing art materials
Also included is information on the National Core Visual Arts Standards, including ways in which the standards support Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
What teachers will need to do:
Copy the task cards.
~ The task cards are in .pdf format, two to a page. For long term use, copy the pages onto card stock (in color if at all possible), cut them in half to separate the task cards, and display as desired for independent student access.
Provide for student access to materials.
~ Teachers will need to make sure that students have access to the materials they need for the activities. A list of materials is included in the free preview download and in the packet.
Provide for follow-up for art lessons as desired.
~ Many of the task card art activities are the same as or similar to the art-making activities included in the comprehensive art lessons available in my TeachersPayTeachers store. Using these task cards as a follow-up to those art lessons would give students the opportunity to refine their creative skills, repeat activities they particularly enjoyed, or redo activities they might want to try a different way. This is something working artists do on a regular basis.
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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