Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art Sub Plan - Fish Surprise

You've got to check this art sub lesson out over on Mini Matisse.  Its called Fish Surprise-One day Make and Take or Sub Plan. She even includes a video demonstration.  (She is prolific with those videos!)


Art Sub Plan - Circle Monsters

Circle Monsters.  This lesson idea could easily be used as a sub lesson.  You can find this idea over on Mrs. Pearce's Art Room blog.


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If you liked that lesson, you might also like this no prep art sub lesson at my TeachersPayTeachers shop. The Ugly Bug Ball.

I have taught this lesson to all levels, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  The kids love it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Put a Pattern On It!

If you watch Portlandia, you may remember the episode where they jokingly said the way to have successful art is to "put a bird on it. " Sometimes I think of the same when it comes to easy art lessons and pattern. Here kiddos, put a pattern on it! While I wouldn't rely too heavily on that in my own classroom, it can work well for sub lessons. The kids may spend extra time filling in patterns.

Here is a unique set of patterns, always a good thing to have when kids get stuck.  She actually has lots of sets of patterns. You will find them here on The Doodler Blog.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Circle Drawing

The blog post I am linking to is about Choice in the art room.  I love this drawing in the round though, and could see a sub doing it. This post is from Donald Art Room. You could create a lesson on pattern, symmetry or radial design.


If you liked this lesson, you might also like this one in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.




Friday, May 6, 2016

Art Sub Plan - Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Art sub plan.

This was written as an art sub lesson, but it could be used as an end of the year lesson. At this time of year your kiddos will need some lessons that are engaging.

Here's a lesson that I taught to over 800 students this winter as I was subbing for art teacher friends.  It talks about fairies and gnomes and where they might live. We looked at illustrations from fairy tales and also at photographs of fairy houses and gnome homes that people have built for fun. We also looked at student illustrations and talked about the fun houses that the kids dreamed up.

I taught it to kindergarteners all the way up to fifth graders.  They were engaged and having fun as I taught it.  I wrote it as a sub lesson, but it can be taught by an art teacher or classroom teacher as well.



It is over at my TeachersPayTeachers Shop: Art Sub Lessons.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Art Sub Plan for Kindergarten - Shapes and Animals

Here's an art sub plan for kindergarten.  Make an animal out of cut shapes.  She includes the worksheet to use. Visit Art On My Hands for the details.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Autism/Special Ed. - Cardboard Sculpture

Last month, I took a long term sub job for a friend of mine.  Twice a week, kindergarten and first grade age students who have autism, came to art for a half hour each time.  When they arrived, we watched the video from YouTube to "Shake the Sillies Out."  After that we went over to the demonstration table and I showed them how to glue a tower of cardboard shapes.

Early in my art teaching career, a special ed teacher requested that I do a lot of 3D lessons with her students.  She told me that this was something the kids rarely got to experience.  So, I've kept this in mind over my career and tried to incorporate more sculptural experiences in their art classes.       

Before they arrived at the art room, I had chopped up a large corregated box into a variety of shapes.  I had styrofoam trays full of glue.  I also had cut cardboard squares for sculpture bases.

The students dipped the surface of the cardboard shapes into the glue and stacked them upon each other.  They stacked them any way they liked.  Overnight the sculptures dried and the next day the students painted them.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Art Sub Plan - A Home with an Onion Dome ... and Other Buildings

This art sub plan is one that I created and taught recently.




This art lesson focuses on the architecture of onion domes. It talks about the beauty and uniqueness of this architectural element and shows how architects from the past and present have used this element in a variety of ways. It includes such classical structures as the Taj Mahal and St. Basil's Cathedral as well as an avant guarde creation of Hundertwasser. Many other buildings that have onion domes are featured as well.

This lesson was created with an art sub in mind, but could by taught by a classroom teacher or art teacher. As a retired art teacher who subs now for my friends, I want to be able to teach good lessons that engage the students. The lessons that I use when I sub are the ones that I sell here. They are proven to engage students and help them create a work of art that is satisfying and original.

This lesson may be shown in two ways. It may be projected or it may be printed out and shown up close. All the teacher needs to do to teach this lesson is to read the script and ask the questions. All instructions are included.

The materials needed for the student art work are simple: paper, pen or pencil, ruler, and crayons or markers.