Roll & Draw to Create Abstract Art • Easy Art Lesson




Roll the dice and let the fun begin! With each roll, you’ll pick out an element to add to your abstract drawing. From lines and shapes to textures and patterns, the possibilities are endless. And with the freedom to choose their own colors, students can truly make a creation their own.

Create abstract art with this versatile set of roll & draw pages that can be used in a number of ways and can fit into both traditional art classrooms and choice-based or studio-based art rooms.  

The basis for this lesson is that students will roll the dice to select one of the circles, dots, straight lines, curved lines, and angled lines to add to their paper. All of the lines and shapes will intersect and create an abstract work of art. They will also add a texture and pattern from the texture and pattern idea pages (or roll & draw pages), then add color. 

There are several variations in how students add textures, patterns, and colors. I’ve spelled out several of my ideas, but I’m sure you’ll find other ways to use them as well. There are 5 completely different roll & draw pages, so you will surely have one-of-a-kind art, even if you have a large class.  

The elements that the students add to their pictures are based on the “5 elements of shape” taught by Mona Brooks in her book, Drawing with Children. So if you’ve introduced your students to the 5 elements of shape, this is a superb follow-up activity. It allows your students to use the 5 elements of shape in a non-threatening way. Even if you are unfamiliar with the book, the elements of circles, dots, curved lines, angled lines, and straight lines are simple and easy to draw. No explanation about them is necessary; it’s just a bonus if you are trying to teach them already. I’ve included a definition card for each element for your word wall or bulletin board. 


Your students will:

  • Create an abstract drawing using the 5 elements of shape.
  • Add textures to their artwork.
  • Add patterns to their artwork.
  • Finish the artwork with color media.  


What you get:

  • Teacher Instructions – 5 pages
  • Student Instructions – 3 page
  • Sample Page – 1 page
  • Roll & Draw Pages – 5 pages
  • Texture & Pattern Roll & Draw Pages – 2 pages
  • Texture & Pattern Reference Pages – 2 pages
  • Definitions – 4 pages

>>>> A total of 22 pages!


The texture and pattern reference pages are great for other projects as well! 

This would make an easy art sub lesson … but then you would miss all the fun!




Students were engaged for the entire class.  Children chose to work alone or with a partner.  One group decided to draw the same element that was rolled and were excited to see how differently each piece of artwork turned out.

~ Colleen H.



I used these for the first lesson in an abstract art unit. Fantastic for learning the different elements in abstract art and even the most reluctant artists in the room were engaged and felt they could complete the task well.

~ MuinteoirNiMhuircheartaigh 



This was a great purchase. My students really enjoy doing the roll a drawings. This was easy to use and would make a great sub lesson since students are able to use it with minimal supervision or instruction from the teacher. Also, love that it can be done multiple times since they create a different work each time – so any earlier finishers can just create another abstract drawing!

~ a Colorful Mixture


Are you ready to get your creativity flowing and start creating amazing abstract art with Abstract Art Roll & Draw?



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