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Title – Squiggle Art

By – Jennifer Dalke

Subject – Art

Grade Level – 2-3

Learning Standards:

25.B.2, 26.A.2f, 26.B.2d, 27.A.2a

Integrated Subjects:

Brainstorming skills, flexibility skills

Instructional Goals:

* Students will demonstrate flexible thinking using their drawings

* Students will feel more comfortable with their creativity

* Students will continue to hone their brainstorming skills


* White paper (8 ½ x 11)

* White paper (12 x 18)

* Crayons

* Pens

* Pencils

* Colored pencils

* Overhead projector

Anticipatory Set:

1. The teacher will turn on the overhead projector and put a ‘squiggle’ on the page. The children should look at the line and brainstorm what they see in the squiggle.

2. After a few minutes of this, have one of the children come up and draw his idea on the overhead (the drawing has to include the squiggle). Repeat this activity until the students seem comfortable with it.


1. The teacher will pass out a piece of paper that has a squiggle on it (the same for each child). The students should be given about 10 minutes to create their drawing. The teacher should encourage the children to turn the paper around for different perspectives.

2. The teacher should, then, pass out the 12 x 18 paper, and have the children divide it into six parts. The students will be instructed to draw a simple squiggle in each section.

3. Then, they should look at the squiggles for similarities. The children should find a theme for their squiggles and draw pictures in each section.

4. Finally, when the children have finished drawing, they should make up a short story about their six pictures. When they have finished, volunteers will be allowed to share their pictures and stories with the class.

Teacher’s Role:

The teacher’s role is to encourage creativity and divergent thinking. There is no right or wrong way to do this, so teachers just need to emphasize that everyone can be creative by nurturing an acceptance of their creative ideas.

Creative Question Suggestions:

1. How did the squiggle seem to change when you turned the page?

2. How did you feel when a classmate drew something you hadn’t thought of on the overhead? Did you see their way of thinking?

3. How can this activity help you in looking at art forms from now on?

4. How can this activity help you to look at every day situations?


* Students may have trouble finding a theme for their pictures. If this happens, the teacher may want to encourage the children to think of stories in their heads, and then look at the squiggle and decide what pictures they could make out of them.


1. Did the students complete their squiggle stories? Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this, so evaluation should really consider the amount of thought and creativity that went into the work.




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