This lesson comes to us from Ms. Anthony, whose blog can be found here. Thanks for the contribution!
A Quick & Easy Lesson: Three Things
[Ok, it is not the most exciting title but functional] Three Things is where I assign three objects that the students must combine in a drawing/painting. For example, a red balloon, mountain and a key. The students can combine them in any manner they want, with other images or a background, and they are responsible for creating their own story of how and why these objects are together in their picture. You can encourage older students to play with proportion (or inspire them with Magritte or Dali). Little ones love sharing their stories at the end of class or during the next class. Try a gallery walk: lay out all the work on the floor and the students walk around to observe each others work. The students like to discover how each of them starts with similar instructions and comes up with unique artworks.