Beginning of the Year Art Lesson • Name Design with Patterns and Adjectives




Not sure what art lesson to do on the first day of art? Get to know your students with this no-prep art activity that is easy enough to do during the first week of school. The list of adjectives, pattern ideas, and step-by-step instructions will have your students jumping right into this lesson on the first day back to school.

This fun and engaging art lesson is perfect for elementary art classes and older students such as Middle School. With just a few supplies, you can teach your students how to use their names and 3 descriptive words to create a work of art. This resource has what you need to prepare 2 different levels of this lesson to differentiate the activity to meet your students’ skill levels.

This hands-on activity will also allow your students to experiment with different art media such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, and maybe more (that’s up to you).

Oh, and if it’s not the first day of art, that’s ok. You’ll still have fun!!


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Your Students Will:

  • Use the planning page to pick out adjectives that describe them.
  • Then, design their page using their name and adjectives.
  • Finally, add patterns to their work.
  • Experiment with media when adding color to their work.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn some coloring techniques.
  • Students will learn to draw patterns.
  • Students will review what an adjective is.


What you Get:

  • Teacher Instructions (3 pages)
  • Student Instructions (2 pages)
  • Planning page (2 pages)
  • List of Adjectives (3 pages)
  • Drawing Pages (2 pages)
  • Pattern Ideas (1 page)

>>>>> A total of 13 pages!




The lesson was well thought out and structured in a way that made it easy to follow along. The instructions were clear and concise, and the examples provided were incredibly helpful.

~ Busy Bee Specials Teacher


I needed a one day sub plan for my 3rd through 5th grade art students. This was just right, and students love making art about themselves!

~ Amy B.


I homeschool and used this with my 3rd-5th grade kids. It was a fun way for them to think about the good qualities they have, and a great keepsake to look back on in years to come.

~ Natalie B.


Use this lesson to bring fun, hands-on activities to your students to teach art concepts on the first day!


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