Sunday, March 28, 2021

Kindergarten Art Sub Plan Ideas with Paul Klee’s “Cat and Bird”

Kindergarten Art Sub Lesson

Paul Klee's "Cat and Bird"

When creating a sub plan that needs only simple instructions and materials, Klee's painting, "Cat and Bird," might be just the foundation upon which to build.  

Paul Klee Idea Emphasizing  Shape, Pattern, and Warm and Cool Colors

The teachers at Jamestown Elementary, Ms. Worden and Ms. Teitsma, have written a blog post that suggests rich resources from which to teach this lesson. 

Since my older students would often ask if they could do a lesson that the little kids did, I know that sometimes they like the simple lessons too. The perfect time to let them do one of those simple lessons is when they have a substitute teacher in art.

Check out this lesson at: Jamestown Elementary Art Blog.

Paul Klee Idea Emphazing Color and Shape

Another take on this lesson can be found at the blog, Art at Miquon.  Ms. Batchelor, at The Miquon School, taught a unit on Klee for multiple grades and this blog post shares the inspirations for that in this blog post. Again, this is a lesson that could be easy enough for anyone to teach with the right resources. This is no cookie cutter lesson and each drawing is unique. 

If You Need an Art Sub Lesson RIGHT NOW...Visit my TPT Shop: Art Sub Lessons

If you'd like an art sub lesson that is all ready to use, check out "Dragon Dance" at my TPT Shop.  This art sub plan requires little to no prep. It was designed to be taught by a substitute teacher, art teacher, or classroom teacher in the primary grades. It is fully formed so that all a teacher needs to do is to read the information on each slide as they show the pictures. Questions are included to help lead the students through a discussion.

The lesson introduces the students to Asian dragon costumes as they might be seen in parades and festivals. Along with a little background information about the mythical dragons, students observe decorative details used in these festive costumes.

"Dragon Dance" is no prep; uses simple materials; and can be taught by anyone.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Art Sub Plans: What to Do When the Lesson is Over

 Art Sub Plans: What to Do When the Lesson is Over

I'm always looking around for ideas to share with you about substitute teaching in art.  Today I found something I know your sub would love to know about. 

You know subbing is hard.  Yikes! We all have witnessed it with our own eyes. The lesson is finished and the sub is there with a class of kids who have nothing else to do. That's a recipe for bad behaviors to flare up.

Janine Chen has come up with 50 Quick Activities for When Sub Lessons Run Short.  I would suggest that you print out the top five ones you think would work with your students and include them in your sub folder. Some might be new to you. Some are classics.  Kids will have fun with them and your sub will love you for it.

If you would like some printed activities for early finishers, you can find free and inexpensive ones at my TPT shop: Art Sub Lessons.

There are plenty more as well.  Check them out at my shop:  Art Sub Lessons.

Friday, March 5, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Art Sub Lesson

The month of March is a fun opportunity to teach lessons about imaginary and magical creatures. Subs will love you for leaving them a lesson like this that will keep the kids engaged.

When you can be picky about who subs for you, I would request one that could use a DVD player or computer if I wanted to show a video. If you know you couldn't get that picky, find a picture book with leprechauns or about St. Patrick's Day.

When I teach this lesson or leave it for a sub, I love to show one of the old Reading Rainbow videos about St. Patrick's Day to go with it. You might be lucky enough to have it; find it to buy; or find it on YouTube. There are other resources you can use too, though. As of today, here's a YouTube video for the reading of "How to Catch a Leprechaun"  on the Happy Cultivated channel. If you have access to the book itself, it is a good one to go with this lesson. (If you go with a video, always preview it first.)

Dear Sub,

Thank you so much for coming in today.  You will be teaching kindergarten through fifth grade and my classes are all 55 minutes long.

I expect the children to work with a minimum of noise.  Whispering might be okay but loud play isn't okay.  Use your own judgment on what you will accept.  If the whole class does not respect the noise level, you can have them put their heads down for a couple of minutes.  This usually takes care of the problem when it does happen.  

 The lessons for today show the theme of St. Patrick's Day.  Ask the students if they know anything about the holiday. Show them the dvd about St. Patrick's Day.  It is already in the dvd player under the projector.  (Press the red button on the projector once.  Press the play button on the dvd player.  To turn off the projector, press the red button slowly two times.)

Ask them to tell you about the magical creatures they saw in the video.  What did they look like?  What did they do?  Have them talk about their magic.  What was at the end of the rainbow.

Since magical creatures are imaginary, we could invent our own lucky creatures.  It could be an animal.  It could look like a person.  It could have wings.  It could be a magtic genie.  What color would it be?  What magic could they do?  Would they have tresure? Where would their treasure be?  Would they be like a dragon?  Would they be a magic horse or some other animal?

Think up a lucky creature that you wouled like to find.  Draw your magical lucky creatures and show what magic they could do.  You might have a lot of lucky creatures that live together.

Send three at a time to the taller tables and two to the shorter ones.  Pick one student from each table to get supplies.  They should get the following:
black pens
crayons (in the blue boxes)
paper (they should line up in front of you and tell you how many sheets they need for their table)

They should begin by writing their name and class code on their papers.  They will draw and color what they would like to happen on their lucky day.  Remind them to work hard and use their imaginations. 

 As students start to finish, you can start playing the videos on the disk related to St. Patrick's Day.  Students who are finished can watch the videos.  Ones who want to continue to work on their art work may do that as well.

They may watch that until the end of class or you can have the children bring their artwork to you....and you show the art, one at a time,  to the class.  Students should clap for each other when you show each picture.  (Remind them to clap for everyone!)

At the time for the end of class, line the children up to wait for their teacher.   

-black pens if they know how to use them properly OR pencils
-a book or video about leprechauns or magical creatures 

If you would like to leave a worksheet activity that your sub could use with this lesson, check out this activity in my TPT shop:  Create a Leprechaun in Disguise

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Art Sub Plans for Kindergarten - Crayon and Simple Media

Recycled Crayons as the Main Medium

Always on the lookout for sub plans for art, I stumbled across this website today. 

Here's an art lesson that I have seen before, but here they give the numbers of standards and objectives that you might have to use when you submit your sub lessons.

This is a verion of "Alphabet Soup" that could be used from kindergarten to fifth grade. Click here to see this lesson plan:  Crayon


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Two Easy Valentine's Day Art Lessons for Substitute Teachers

Two Valentine Art Lessons - Ready to Hand to a Sub

We're always on the lookout for easy art sub lessons. You don't, don't, DON'T want to leave your sub with anything difficult if you are not sure who is showing up to teach for you. Here are two easy art lessons from two different shops that are ready to hand to a sub. They have lots of visuals and instructions. 

Elementary Level

This heart design activity could easily be created by you, but if you want one that is all ready to hand to a sub, the TPT Shop: Centers and Early Finishers might have just what you need. Click here if you want to take a closer look:  Valentine Art Activity for Centers, Subs, and Early Finishers Print copies of the template and the lesson and you're done.

Upper Elementary, Middle School or High School 

Valentine's Day Art Sub Plan

If you need something for an older crowd, check out this lesson from the TPT Shop: Fun Classroom stuff. It leads students through creating a radial symmetrical design for Valentine's Day.  Make copies of the template, and it is ready to be handed out.

Integrating art with math, this also would work well for a STEAM or STEM class.  Click here to see this one:  Valentine STEM or STEAM Kaleidoscope Activity for Math and Art

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Dragon Dance - Kindergarten Art Sub Plan - Chinese New Year

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade Art Lesson for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is on Friday, February 12 this year. What a fun opportunity to teach primary students about another culture. 

Chinese New Year Video

Here's a great children's video that does a nice job of teaching about Chinese New Year. This would be a nice introduction to the lesson.

Dragon Dance is a lesson that you can create for Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. There are children's books and YouTube videos about Chinese New Year Dragons that you can use to introduce the lesson and then have students draw their impressions of Chinese dragon costumes and Lunar New Year parades. 

Art Sub Lesson that is No-Prep and Fully Scripted

If you don't have the time to create your own lesson, I have one over at my TPT shop. The one I created was written for an art sub but it can be taught by anyone.  I've added lots of visuals and background that provide motivation for the students. Click here to check out my lesson: Dragon Dance - Kindergarten Art Sub Plan for Lunar New Year

I have heard from classroom teachers as well as art teachers who have taught this.  They all seemed to have success and the kids loved it.

Reviews of My Lesson on TPT

Here are some reviews of this lesson: "I think this is a colorful and detailed resource that I can use or have for a sub to use. I have a book of poems called The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky that will be an additional resource to integrate with this lesson."

"So much fun!!! Such a great resource! Loved the different dragon pictures!
Huge hit with my Kindergarten class."

"This was lots of fun! I used it as a last minute activity and it was well received!"

Click here to check this out at my TPT shop: Dragon Dance - Chinese New Year Art Lesson