Question Deck Download

Today I’d like to share a formative assessment tool I use while the students are standing in line. It has lists of generic questions you can ask students that provoke higher-order thinking skills and can use any project or curriculum you are teaching. Sort of a “fill-in-the-blank” format, if you will.

  • Maybe you have an extra day at the end of the year and want to facilitate an art critique? It’s in the deck.
  • Maybe you want kids to think about and talk about their art? It’s in the deck.
  • Maybe you want to review concepts taught throughout the whole year with the kiddos? It’s in the deck.
  • Maybe you want to inspire creativity before summer sets in? It’s in the deck!

If you’d like, you can download the entire thing in a PowerPoint document right here: Art RoomQuestions. I simply printed the slides in outline form, hole punched and put in a ring. Then, it goes in the bin by my door for easy grabbing whenever I need it. You can customize to fit your preferences. ENJOY!

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • What a great resource! This is (along the lines of) something that I have been wanting to do, but nicer to already have it done for me. Thank you!

  • Christine

    Jessica, thank you for this great resource! It is similar to what I do for my students when they walk in in their sketchbooks, an “Art Start”. I am a little confused on how you use these cards. Do you have the copy or all the kids? Do you orally present this when they are in line? How does it work? Thanks so much! I am really enjoying your website as a resource for my classroom.


  • Lauren Wenk

    This is GREAT Jessica!! :)

  • Brenda

    Thanks for the great idea! I have these printed and put in my “for next year” file.

  • Tammy

    Thank you!!! I’m so excited to share these with my department this week! :)These are great!

  • mwedwards

    Love this and see so many possibilities both in and out of the art room! Thanks for sharing!

  • Andy ASJ 1

    Thanks for the great ideas! 

  • Guest

    I can’t down load the deck of questions. JW

  • guestt

    incredible critical thinking questions! thank you so much for sharing :)

  • Kellie Cobos

    thank you so much for sharing!

  • Susan Grant

    Thank you for sharing these. I love them and they will really help me with my goals in my classroom.