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Scribbles to Drawings!

Background Information:

  • The Scribbles to Drawings activity is perfect for a bell ringer, visual journal prompt, or just a day when the students need something light and creative.

  • Students have completed this challenge with traditional paper or digitally.

  • This activity is a great way to introduce new elements and principles of art to create a more "refined" finished product.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will create a drawing from a basic scribble.

  • The student will critique the work of their peers.

TEKS (Art I):

  • 1A. Consider concepts and ideas from direct observation, original sources, experiences, and imagination for original artwork

  • 2A. Use visual solutions to create original artwork by problem solving through direct observation, original sources, experiences, narrations, and imagination

  • 4A. Interpret, evaluate, and justify artistic decisions in artwork by self, peers, and other artists such as that in museums, local galleries, art exhibits, and websites

Anchor Standards:

  • Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

  • Anchor Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.

  • Anchor Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

  • Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.

  • People evaluate art based on various criteria.

Essential Questions:

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

  • What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work?

  • How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms?

Project Duration: (Bell Ringer - 1 Day)

  • Hook: Using a pencil, create 4 drawings prompted by scribble: 2 Minutes

  • Drawing Time: 10-15 Minutes

  • Submission/Class Critique: 10 Minutes

Reflection Questions:

  • What did you find challenging about the scribble drawings?

  • What did you find easy about the scribble drawings?

  • Did you find any inspiration to create another piece from one of your scribble drawings?

Project Extensions:

  • Students may use their scribble drawing as inspiration for a larger or long-term piece.

  • Students my critique the work of their peers.


  • For younger or beginner students, the scribble can be overwhelming. For these students, starting with a simple line or curve allows them to visualize easier.

  • Students may ask the teacher or others to create their scribble for them.

Student Gallery:

Happy Scribbling!


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