"I'm finished! Now what do I do? TRY A DRAWING DRAWER!" By Marty Reid
As we all know, children finish their art projects at different times. I used this idea for all grade levels and children responded well to this idea. The element of surprise was always intriguing to them. Just watch out that they don't rush the curriculum assignment to "get to the drawing drawer!"
Find an empty drawer! Create and cut assignments into strips. Place them inside the drawing drawer. When a child finishes their work, give them the chance to go to the drawing drawer and select an assignment (eyes closed, of course!) Allow them to begin the assignment, write the directive on the back of the artwork, and finish it at home for homework if they don't finish in the time left in class. You can also have them work out of their individual sketchbooks too! They work best in a sketchbook if they make their very own one.
List 10 things the color BLUE reminds you of.
Draw your greatest fear.
Draw things that float.
Draw things with wheels.
Draw things that roll.
Draw things that close.
Draw things that come from eggs.
Be an ant. Draw what you would see in the cafeteria.
If you had a candy bar named after you, what would it look like and what would it be called. Draw the candy bar.
If you had been a pilgrim, draw what you think you would have looked like.
If you were a flower, what kind would you be? Draw a picture of yourself as this flower.
Express in your drawing, your happiest time that you've had in the past year.
Draw something that you are good at doing or playing.
If I could be a color, I'd be _______because….
Direction: WRITE YOUR ANSWER in WORDS then draw a picture.
Draw a picture of something you'd like to become better at doing.
Using any type of line or shape, create a picture with only the 3 primary colors.
An alien spaceship has landed in the schoolyard. Draw a picture of it.
High in the Himalayan Mountains lives an abominable snowperson. Draw what the snowperson looks like.
You have made a startling discovery while skin diving. Draw what it is.
Have you ever been to a circus? Draw a picture of your favorite act with yourself as the ringmaster.
Draw a picture of one of your family members at work.
Draw a picture of your shoe. Draw it again from another view.
Draw a picture of your pet or the pet you would LOVE to have.
Fill your page with drawings of bugs, seashells, or something that you collect.
Draw a family member or a friend.
Draw a picture of yourself as you think you might look in 10 years.
Have you ever had a daydream instead of doing your work? Draw a picture of your daydream.
Draw a picture of your house and yard with a BIG, HUGE, dinosaur in the yard.
What is the best story your grandmother or grandfather tells about the olden days? Draw a picture of this story.
Draw a picture of your favorite part about school.
Draw a picture of your dream car.
What does the boogeyman look like?
If you could cast a magic spell, what would it be? Draw a picture of it.
The famous American Pop artist Andy Warhol said, "Everyone will have at least fifteen minutes of fame in a lifetime." Illustrate your 15 minutes of fame.
A new musical group has asked you to design a CD COVER for them that illustrate their music. Be sure that your design is original and does not use any other group's design. Draw this NEW CD cover.
Draw a picture of your dream house.
Design your own bedroom floor plan.
Think of 3 different animals. Draw the head of one, the body of the second, and the legs of the third one. Give it a name and write the name under the picture.
Draw yourself screaming because you are scared.
Draw the silliest thing you ever saw.
Draw a monster truck.
Draw a spider that nobody has ever seen before.
Draw what you would look like if you received a MEDAL at the US OLYMPICS.