Monday, March 7, 2011

YAM! Handout Activity: Say it with a CARTOON!

Here’s an easy activity to celebrate YAM (Youth Art Month):
Have your students/children create a cartoon of themselves saying something important about ART!

Kids can draw or fill in a cartoon person to represent themselves, then fill in the cartoon speech bubble.  (For younger groups, grown-ups can help with writing the kids’ ideas in their bubbles.)

Some writing prompts could be:
  • What is art?
  • What is your favorite thing about art?
  • What does art mean to you?
  • What do you learn about in art?
  • Research a famous quote about art and write it along with the person’s name who said it. (Try these sites:
  • Or just write a celebration statement, like “ART ROCKS!”, “I LOVE ART!” or whatever makes you happy!
Use crayon, colored pencil, or marker to color if you wish!

Just download and photocopy any of these handouts that will work for you. I have created 3 different ones to work for different ages or lessons:

YAM Cartoon Handout 1 &
YAM Cartoon Handout 2: Two handout options- with and without lines in the speech bubble. If you are writing one word or a short phrase, you may want to use the blank bubble. Handouts 1 & 2 include a cartoon person that kids can color and add hair/clothing ideas onto.

YAM Cartoon Handout 3: Here the person space is left blank so kids can draw their own cartoon self from scratch. I also left the cartoon bubble blank. When I use it with my kids (grades 5+), I will have them write with a lined paper under the bubble so they can see the lines through and write neatly, or they can measure and draw the lines themselves using pencil and ruler. 

This is a great activity to use on a YAM bulletin board. You can hang the papers as is, or cut out the cartoon and bubble to display in any creative way you want. Have fun!

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