1st Grade Art Sketchbook Challenges

1st GRADE Art Sketchbook Challenges


Keep your drawings and activities in a sketchbook! Have some EXTRA fun!


#1 Draw a cookie that has eyeballs instead of chocolate chips


#2 Draw a dinosaur who feels confused


#3 Try making a marbled print with shaving cream and food coloring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65e5hKRPEnA


#4 Draw your name where each letter is made of a different thing (Example: “J” could a candy cane upside down or the handle of an umbrella, “S” could be a snake, “M” could be a double rainbow, etc.)

Check out this video for some ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvIqKOTvTsA


#5 Draw a birthday party for your favorite animal (or stuffed animal)


#6 watch “The Dot” and create your own Dot inspired picture



#7 Watch these videos about Georgia O’Keeffe.  Draw something you love really really close up and fill the whole page!  I love to use oil pastel or watercolor for this but you can use anything you have (markers, markers and water, chalk, crayons.)  you can even use your phone or camera on your tablet to take pictures of things really close up to help you out.





#8 Stuck at home?  Take a virtual tour of a museum from around the world!


British Museum in London, England



Guggenheim Museum in New York City



The National Art Gallery in Washington D.C.





The Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



The Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany



The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam



Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



Uffizi Gallery, Florence

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



MASP, São Paulo

(Click the little yellow man at the bottom right hand of the image to take a virtual tour)



National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City



The Louvre in Paris, France



And many more.  Read about these amazing places and see them all at once here!


#9 Draw your pet wearing funny makeup


#10 Make a Print like Andy Warhol!

Find out about Andy Warhol here:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekGySlb2iyQ
  2. https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/pop-art
  3. https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/make-pop-art-warhol
  4. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/andy-warhol


Like taking fun internet quizzes? Here’s a FUN QUIZ!!!



Since we don’t have these machines we’re going to print with Styrofoam, a water spray bottle, paper, and markers. You DO NOT have to make a floral arrangement, think about all the popular images Andy Warhol loves.  Pick something you love that you see in your world all the time.



Check out how screen printing is done! Very fascinating! 




#11 Loving POP ART? Try this Pop Art Hat Making Project!



#12 Draw a picture of anything, it could be simple shapes or a picture of something.  Outline your spaces with washable markers.  Use water and a paintbrush to turn your markers into watercolor paint.


#13 Create a chalk drawing outside.  Don’t forget to take some photos. Get some inspiration from these awesome street artists!




#14 Why not check out #8 again and take another museum tour.  You can go anywhere with the click of a button and you don’t even have to pay to visit!


#15 Draw your favorite animal doing something a human does (going out to dinner, brushing his teeth in his pajamas, watching TV on the couch, etc.).  Be super creative, it could be an everyday activity like going to work or school or something crazy like scuba diving.


#16 Check out these YouTube videos of amazing humans making crazy DOMINO sculptures and then watching them fall!




Make your own Domino set up. Videotape it falling!


#17 The Kindness Rock Project  

This project has made its way through the United States and Bordentown before, but now is such an important time to spread kindness and joy! 




Step 1: Go on a hunt for the perfect rock! 

Step 2: Paint a picture or write words of encouragement or kindness on your rock!

Step 3: Seal your rock so it doesn't get ruined outside. (Ask an adult for help with this step! ) 

Step 4: Place it somewhere in your community for everyone to see! 

#18 Do a pendulum painting with your parents!

Do you love art?  Do you love math? Do you love science?  Try out this STEAM challenge where you will need all 3.  It’s fun, it’s MESSY, and it looks really neat!




#19 Choose a lesson from Deep Space Sparkle.  Your pick.  Post your final project!



#20 Try a crayon resist!  Crayons are made of wax that repels water, this means that when you draw with crayon first, and then paint over it with watercolor paint, the crayon will push the paint away keeping the color in the spaces you want.  Remember to push hard with your crayons to get a good wax coating.




#21 Nature Art

Artists Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling are famous for creating art in nature, using nature! 

Step 1: Take a look at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Shilling.

Andy Goldsworthy:



Richard Shilling:







Step 2: Take a walk collecting things that catch your eye. 

Step 3: See what you can make out of nature!

Step 4: Don't forget to take a picture! 

#22 Create a Found Object Color Wheel Inspired by Artist Caroline South.

Caroline South has challenged herself to organize found objects in interest ways inspired by color and value.



Color- the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.


Value- the relative lightness or darkness of a color. It is an important tool for the designer/artist, in the way that it defines form and creates spatial illusions. Contrast of value separates objects in space, while gradation of value suggests mass and contour of a contiguous surface.

#23 Love art but can’t afford the original?  Make your own!  Recreate your favorite painting or sculpture by dressing up with things you have in your house.


These are so fun and creative.  Check it out!


#25  Field Day is coming up, why not combine Field Day and Art?!  If you choose the “Paper Plane Corn Hole” activity for Field Day you will need to create and decorate 3 paper airplanes to use for your game. Design your paper, fold your planes, add any additional decorations, photograph them, and use them for Field Day.



#26 Create a THANK YOU card for a teacher or school staff member who really influenced you or who you want to say “thank you” to.  If can be a current teacher, past teacher, custodian, nurse, lunch aide, classroom aide, special subject area teacher, secretary, or an administrator. Make 1 or more than 1 to spread the love.


These can be dropped off when your parents pick up your classroom supply bags during the last week of school.  No photographs of Thank You cards need to be taken, emailed, or uploaded to Artsonia, these are for the recipient's eyes only.  Also, I'd advise that no gifts, gift cards, or personal items be included in these cards as they will not be secured at night and teachers may not receive them until later in the summer. 

#27 Special Assignment: Medical Heroes Thank You Cards for Mrs. Davis

Our wonderful 4th Grade teacher, Mrs. Davis, is collecting Thank You cards for medical workers (heroes) in the Covid units at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.  This is one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the country so you can draw whatever you think will lift the nurses’ and doctors’ spirits and make them feel loved and appreciated for all that they are doing to keep our country as safe as possible.


All Thank You cards will be delivered virtually so they can be photographed with the cover and the interior and emailed to Mrs. Davis at mdavis@bordentown.k12.nj.us.  If you choose this activity just email me your art log for participation credit, you do not need to upload pictures of Thank You cards to Artsonia.  Let’s lift some spirits and let our front-line workers know how much we appreciate them.


All digital cards are due to Mrs. Davis by May 27th at 3:00pm but can be sent to her anytime before that.