ACTIVITY: Directed Drawing with Rad Chad


Directed Drawing with Rad Chad

Hi friends!  It’s Kristen from Easy Teaching Tools, and I’m happy to team up with GoNoodle to bring you a fun art project that your students will love! We are a complete GoNoodle classroom!  We use it to transition from journal writing to phonics and our read aloud to math.  If I forget our GoNoodle break, my friends most definitely will remind me! They beg for GoNoodle, and have many of the songs and videos memorized.  Since my students love art, especially directed drawings, I thought it would be fun to create one using our latest champ, Rad Chad!

Students grabbed a piece of white paper and a black sharpie and we got to work.  I know what you’re thinking, “A sharpie, what if they make a mistake?”  I always tell my kids, “There’s no such thing as a mistake when we’re doing art!”

I’ve found that directed drawings work best using a doc cam and, a quiet classroom, and a little Jack Johnson.  I always remind my friends that the purpose of a directed drawing is to have fun and to follow directions.  Sometimes I’ll give directions orally as I draw, or sometimes when I really want them to focus, I’ll just draw a step and have my kiddos copy it.

Tip #1

There is a way to eliminate students always asking, “Is this right?”  Set your expectations beforehand.  After every few steps, have students hold up their artwork so you can scan the room quickly to make sure students are on task and following directions.  This is a great time to give compliments!

Rad Chad Directed Drawing

The whole drawing process took my 2nd graders about 10 minutes.  They looked a little scary at first, but once we added some watercolors, they looked like Rad Chad, I promise!

Tip #2

Since you’ll only need two colors, you can pour a little paint into a bowl and add some water to make your own watercolor!  If you want a bright background, just have your students add a different color for a POP!

Rad Chad Directed Drawing

Tip #3

Add your students’ art to a memory book or a bulletin board for a great pop of color.

Rad Chad Directed Drawing

My kiddos were absolutely ecstatic about this project.  Here are some sweet things my friends said:

“Thank you so much for letting us do art!”

“I wish we could tell GoNoodle how much we love making Rad Chad!”

“This is the best day EVER!”

I’m not making this stuff up, friends!

If you want to share this art project with your class, grab the step-by-step directions here for free!

Love it, Kristen… so creative! Thanks for sharing 🙂