I found that the "Synectics" books (Art Synectics and Design Syectics) are great for short handout type activities using creative thinking. Not all of them can be done on a handout, but it should give you some good ideas. I forget the auther right now. (Nicolas Roukes)
I have developed several short one-page activities to do with my older elem.- 5th and 6th graders...using Synectic theories.
M. W. Savage Elementary
Savage, MN 55044
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How about the "Anti-Art Coloring Books" or some of the coloring books of
famous artworks. I have a coloring sheet of "The Scream" and "Starry Night"
(two of my favorites). The students color on these when they are finished,
and after most students have had a chance to color these I bring out the
"real" paintings. Students are always amazed at how differently they
interpreted the subjects. I also have tons of "How to Draw" books, fun art
type books (optical illusions, origami, etc).
> Does anyone have any good ideas/handouts for middle schoolers who finish
> projects early? I hate to have them just draw in their sketchbook
> because they often have no idea what to draw. I have a couple of
> handouts but need a lot more. Any ideas? (I teach 6th and 7th grade).