Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Pick and Draw

Edit: This contest has ended! Congratulations to Danielle, who will be receiving her prize shortly!

Have you heard of Pick and Draw? I hadn’t, until someone on my blogroll posted about it, recommending that art teachers pick it up for their classroom. Curious, I ordered it, and at the same time, asked the creator if he could ship me an additional copy to give away to one of my readers. He kindly obliged (see below!) and I eagerly awaited my shipment, secretly hoping that I would love the game enough to necessitate the giveaway (spoiler alert - I did.)

Here’s a basic breakdown: Pick and draw is kind of half card game, half drawing game, that’s surprisingly useful in an art classroom. The deck is color coded into 5 categories - face, hair, eyes, nose, and mouth. Either the game facilitator, or the artist themselves, draws one card per category, one at a time. The card displays a feature, which the artist then has to copy onto their paper. The creative part comes in in their interpretation of the feature. A pair of eyes can look very different if drawn close together, far apart, huge, small, etc. You work through the features, one at a time, until you end up with a cartoony face that you can then color in. (Is this explanation making sense? If not, you can actually test out the game here: http://pickanddraw.com/how/)

I used this game a LOT the first week of school. I would use our ladybug document projector to show the cards one at a time, as students would draw. It was insane to see the difference between the drawings. I teach classes of up to 30 kids, and there was seriously no two drawings alike. It seemed to be particularly enjoyable for the students because they all came out of their first art class with something they were really proud of. In the 40 minute period, there was enough time for each kid to make two different drawings, then pick the one they like best and start coloring it. I honestly can’t say enough how great it was that first week. 

Here’s an example of two drawings done by different students, before they had begun coloring. They eventually added necks and shoulders, so that they weren’t just floating heads.



 (these are just terrible photos.. I wish I could go back to September and force myself to use my real camera while taking these, instead of my iPhone.)


Honestly, it’s a great product – it served it’s purpose for me, but also would be great during the year, especially to leave with a supply teacher. Totally worth my $10. Which leads me to...



So here’s the fun part – I have a copy of Pick and Draw to give away to one of my readers! There are a couple of ways to enter. Start by following my blog (so that I will know how to contact you!) and then:
  • For one entry: In a comment, post a link to an online art lesson/picture/website/resource that you love! If you aren’t into art lessons, just post a comment to say hello!
  • For a second entry: post a link to this giveaway on your blog, twitter, facebook, etc., then come back and post a link in a separate comment,.
This giveaway is open to anyone in Canada and the United States. The approximate value of this giveaway is around $10 (but can you really put a price on a great art activities?) The giveaway will run from now until Thursday, January 17th at 8:00pm, when I will randomly select a winner using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted, and I will mail you your goodies shortly thereafter! 


Good luck, guys!

17 comments:

  1. I've heard of this game before and thought it looked fun. I'd love to try it with my class. With what grades can you use it?

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    1. I should have included that - I used it with grades 1 through 6!

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  2. I have seen the games advertised a lot on the art ed blogs. I think it would be a great addition to my classroom!!

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  3. Thanks for the chance to win this game. One of my favourite art activities that I've done, and one that my students really enjoyed too, were these puppets:

    http://artintertwine.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sea-monster-sock-puppets.html

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  4. I purchased this game this summer for my 3-5 grades activity center and the kids love it! It is, by far, one of the most popular activities that they choose from! :)

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  5. I love your blog. I started following when my daughter went off to public school kindergarten and I realized she was getting very little chance to do art. Your blog has been great resource for me when we do our own art projects at home!

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  6. Hello there, looks like a great game!

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  7. Love your blog and "Pick and Draw" looks like a lot of fun!

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  8. heather says: just a little hello i do love are just haven't had time to view it online thanks for the giveaway
    hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

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  9. looks like an awesome game

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  10. That looks neat! I teach art in our homeschooling co-op and love this site as a resource for ideas:
    http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com.

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  11. I shared on Facebook too. :)
    https://www.facebook.com/mamavangogh

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  12. That is an awesome game! I do something similar with nouns and adjectives that I have written on paper and have the students pull out from a bag to make the crazy faces. This is so much better and professional! haha

    A resource that I recommend is either the book "Ish" or "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. They are simple picture books about student creativity and about "making your mark". They are seriously great and the kids really make a personal connection with the characters and the moral of the stories.

    Love your blog Aly!!

    -jules

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  13. I really liked the show Art Attack.

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  14. I ordered this too and intended to use them as a "I finished my project" activity but I love your idea to use them with the document camera. I'll definitely be giving that a try.

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  15. I'm keen to try this out in my art room. Love your blog and reading about your diy projects, btw.

    Here is one of my fave lessons from my blog. It's a grade 6 lesson on glue line and watercolour flowers: http://artroomwithaview.blogspot.ca/2012/11/okeefe-inspired-glue-line-flowers.html

    Cheers!
    Danielle
    artroomwithaview.blogspot.ca

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    1. Congratulations - you won! Email me an address and I'll send the game over!

      aly marcotte @ gmail . com

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