Design an Ugly Sweater Holiday Activity No Prep Project - Famous Artists

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5th - 10th, Homeschool
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Looking for fun, no prep ugly sweater holiday activities to keep students engaged in the weeks leading up to winter break? Your students will LOVE it and designing an ugly Christmas sweater will quickly become one of *your* favorite end of year activities too. Students think critically and work independently as they apply their knowledge to create an ugly sweater for a chosen artist or topic … all while you cross things off your never ending to do list!

How It Works:

  • Learn about the history of ugly sweaters using the 2-page article, by watching a short video, or using the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Next, go over the directions for the assignment and learn about color psychology and the different design elements students will use for their sweaters. Go over the included examples so students know exactly what's expected of them.
  • Students will use the included sweater templates and colors, symbols, patterns, and text to design a custom ugly sweater for their figure from history or other chosen topic.
  • Finally, they’ll justify and explain their choices in a short writing assignment and/or class presentation.

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Reasons You’ll Love This Ugly Sweater Activity:

  • Engaging and fun activity that also requires critical thinking
  • Multiple and flexible options for use with a reading, PowerPoint, and activity
  • Integrates literacy, art, history, social studies, science, and more!
  • Awesome for biography units
  • Students can work independently or in groups
  • Multiple sweater template options make it easy to differentiate
  • Perfect for end of semester review or as a creative assessment
  • Makes an awesome classroom, hallway, or bulletin board display and can help you win any door decorating contest
  • Perfect for substitutes and filling multi-day gaps in your planned lessons

What’s Included:

  • 3 sweater template options for each person (see list below)
  • 2-page article + 100% Editable PowerPoint about the history of ugly sweaters
  • Student directions + Design tips
  • 19+ Examples to share with students
  • Blank sweater templates for additional flexibility
  • Teacher tips

Who’s Included:

  1. Ai Weiwei
  2. Alma Woodsey
  3. Amrita Sher-Gil
  4. Andy Warhol
  5. Augusta Savage
  6. Claude Monet
  7. Corita Kent
  8. Diego Rivera
  9. Emily Kame Kngwarreye
  10. Faith Ringgold
  11. Frida Kahlo
  12. Georgia O’Keefe
  13. Gustav Klimt
  14. Hannah Hoch
  15. Henri Matisse
  16. Hilma af Klint
  17. Jackson Pollock
  18. Jacob Lawrence
  19. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  20. Kenojuak Ashevak
  21. Leonardo da Vinci
  22. Lorna Simpson
  23. Michelangelo
  24. Norman Rockwell
  25. Pablo Picasso
  26. Paul Cezanne
  27. Piet Mondrian
  28. Rembrandt
  29. Salvador Dali
  30. Tamara de Lempicka
  31. Vincent van Gogh
  32. Wassily Kandinsky
  33. Yayoi Kusama

What Fellow Teachers Are Saying About Ugly History Sweaters!

I cannot say enough great things about this project. My kids LOVED it, my kids SLAYED it and they’ve been hanging in my hall for 4 months now and I still get compliments on them. JUST LOVED THIS! Wish I had found it sooner. DON’T WAIT!” – Ann P.

“This is a TERRIFIC resource!! My students really got into it & their imagination really showed. Thank you!!” – Stacey R.

“My students love this! We are dragging ourselves to that finish line & this is helping make the last few weeks fun” – Kerin W.

Super easy to implement and helped me include Christmas type activities while still incorporating history and social studies into my schedule. I really liked that it has some people that the students have never heard of before. And I also like that there are a wide variety of individuals.” – Marti B.

“This was such a great way to recap some of the important people we have discussed so far in history this year. My students loved getting to design the sweaters. A fun, meaningful way to review right before the Christmas break!” – Michelle S.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is there a digital version of this resource? I really tried to make it work digitally, but unfortunately I never found a solution that worked well. So I’m keeping it print for now!
  • Does this resource include information about each person? Information about the individuals is not included. Students can use any source (textbook, video, website, etc.) to learn about their historical figure or topic.
  • Can this be adapted for younger grades? Absolutely! I recommend just using the PowerPoint as a class instead of relying on the 2-page article about the history of ugly sweaters. Going over the included examples with students will be essential!

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