24 Self-Directed Art Activities for Elementary Students
For Art centers, early finishers, independent work, and whole group instruction!
Bring more art in your classroom, give students with something thought-provoking to do when they finish their assignments, and develop more independence and creativity in students with these Art Task Cards.
This complete product is included
in Art Task Cards Bundle
These Art Task Cards are designed to be used independently by students on their own time, although some teachers may choose to also use them as a reference 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 activities 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 download includes 24 task cards:
8 symmetry activities
8 painting activities
8 activities focusing on composition
- directions and suggestions for teachers
- list of basic and extended materials to have on hand
- suggestions for storing art materials
What teachers will need to do:
Copy the Task Cards ~ The task cards are formatted 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 them 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.
These task cards can also provide follow-up for art lessons:
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 (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Renee-Goularte).
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
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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