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Art Term Bingo is a great after-lesson activity




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Title – Art Bingo Game
By – Paula Hrbacek
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 2 to 12

Art Bingo is a good time killer for classes that finish before the bell rings. It can also be used on the first day of school as an introduction to what you will be studying, or as a “final exam” on the last day of school. The “grades” are in the prize bucket.

Making the game will take time. You may want to ask responsible kids in after school care to help you, or make the game over the summer.

You will need small art prints. If a literature class is getting new textbooks, ask for the old ones. They usually have great illustrations. Other sources of pictures are old greeting cards, magazines, catalogues, and calendars. The illustrations do not have to be masterpieces, they just have to be an example of a particular media or principle of design. Masterpieces can be labeled with both the artist, and the movement, as well as the media used.

Use a ruler and a marker, and make either 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 grids on large sheets of stiff paper. Use an art book that has a glossary, and type the word and definition on an index card to make a deck of call out cards. Then, type the words only on small address labels.

Arrange the pictures on the grid, trying to have a variety of things on each page. Some pictures may count for more than one term. For example, a watercolor could also be an illustration of rhythm and contrast. Place the appropriate term(s) in the square with that illustration. When complete, laminate each page.

For younger children, call out both the term and its definition. For older students, call out only the definition, and make them find the term themselves. Play the game like normal bingo.

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