“Follow the Directions” Art Test

Art-TestI believe this idea has been passed around before, but I have decided to make an art version of this exercise. I think the beginning of the school year is a good time to remind students that they need to follow instructions, no matter what class they are in. This “Art Test” clearly says to read everything on the page before doing anything else. If students truly follow these directions, they will see at the bottom that they do not need to do anything at all, just turn the paper over, draw on the back and wait for others to finish. A friend told me that this exercise had a big impact on her when she was young, so I’m hoping this might do the same. You can download a pdf version of the page HERE. I’d love to hear any feedback from those that try this out.

9 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I remember this test as well! I was in 4th grade and I remember almost being in tears because I totally bombed it! Funny when I read it I was like omg I remember doing that in school! LOL

  2. Kathy Barbro

    I totally agree Tamara, I would never want students to think this was all just a trick. The point is for them to realize that they may save themselves a lot of work, if they just read directions first.

  3. Tamara

    I was in sixth grade (20 years ago) when I got this test! It definitely left an impression about the importance of following directions. But following the comment before me, I would say that it’s important that teacher not look to smug because good students feel really dumb when they get caught being so totally and irreversibly wrong!

  4. Miss

    Ha!ha! I got a version of this test in high school! (about 20 years ago!!) I remember being 1)disappointed we had to write this ‘quiz’ and 2)eager to start it just so I could get it finished and done with. Needless to say, I didn’t read all the questions and when I got to the last question I was all “What?!!”. I felt really dumb!! My teacher looked very pleased with himself over this!!

  5. Awesome!!! Chuckled out loud when I got to the last line. :-)

  6. Kathy Barbro

    Scribed was down, but it’s up again so the link is working again.

  7. Janie B

    I love this idea, but the HERE link didn’t work. Could you check it, please?

  8. Kathy Barbro

    Thanks for the feedback, Anonymous, I see your point about the personal questions. I just altered the paper so it reads more like a test, which I think any student would be relieved to get out of.

    My style is not to be super controlling in my art room, I just found some chronic cases of kids wasting materials last year because they didn’t even read step 2 of my instructions on a board. That’s all I’m trying to improve, but to each his own of course.

  9. Holly VanDyne

    This is a FANTASTIC resource Kathy – thank you! You’ve inspired me to make a “younger” K-2 version of it (no reading required) too. :)

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