Boston Tea Party Upside-Down Drawing

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Integrate your Boston Tea Party lesson with art for a fun drawing activity.  Students will use the drawing strategy of making an upside-down to portray some of the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence.  Through the use of a grid drawing and drawing upside down, students will improve their drawing skills and also create historical drawings and a graphic organizer that they can fill out with some cause and effects of the Boston Tea Party.

Your students will:

  • Draw a step-by-step upside-down teacup.
  • Draw a side-by-side upside-down image.
  • Draw an upside-down graphic organizer.


  • Boston Tea Party
  • Drawing

What You Get:

  • Teacher Instructions - (5 pages)
  • Upside-down teacup drawing - (2 pages)
  • Side-by-side drawing with help - (5 pages)
  • Side-by-side drawing without help - (5 pages)
  • Timeline - 1 page

>>>>> A total of 18 pages

Have you ever tried an upside-down drawing? 

What happens in your brain is that instead of naming each part that you are drawing, your brain focuses more on the lines and shapes that you are drawing.  Eliminating the name of what you are drawing helps you draw what you see not what you think you see.  Sometimes your brain can get in the way!!  Have your students try this and you might be blown away at how well they can draw!

This is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners from elementary to middle school. You can use this set to differentiate or use with a variety of age levels.

This idea of drawing upside-down has been around for a while and was made popular by Mona Brooks in her book Drawing with Children.  If you are a homeschool teacher using her book to teach your kids to draw, this lesson will fit right into your Boston Tea Party unit.


Easily download this PDF with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin drawing right away!


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