I am truly an art nerd. Who couldn’t be when artists have such interesting lives? From Frida Kahlo’s bus accident and tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera to Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying experiments kids are fascinated by the lives of famous artists.
One year I broke my art club into teams of 4 kids (I had 40 art clubbers). Each team would research an artist in the library, come up with a timeline of that artist’s life, and create a game board game based on their research. The school librarian helped the kids research the artists they chose and write their timelines. When I approved their timeline they began building their game boards using cardboard boxes, duct tape and white butcher paper. Then they had to design their game board in pencil using facts from the artist’s life, a portrait of him/her, and motifs found in works of art by that artist. They used Crayola Model Magic to model the pieces that would move across the board and tempera paint with glue to paint the pieces. Once all the game boards were finished we had a party and the kids played the games while they munched on chips and drank soda. We hung the game boards around the art room for years to come as they were full of factual information I wanted my students to learn. This is a lesson I loved and would definitely do again!