Friday, July 10, 2020

Back to School Art Activity: What Can You Make Out of a Circle Shape?


Sometimes, the best back to school art lessons are the most simple ones. Here are some activities that might work well for that.

Here's a free worksheet that I put in my TPT shop so that you could download it. It is free, so go help yourself! Circle Drawing Game - Free Worksheet

A variation of this idea can be found at the Bay Area Discovery Center site. https://bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/activity/circle-game There are variations for a group activity and a solo one. 

Here's another free worksheet that I just threw in.  "What Can You Draw from a Circle?" You can download that at my TPT shop also.  Click here for the free worksheet, "What Can You Make from a Circle?"
 


This next activity can be found on Tes.com and is called:  “Drawing Game.” Here is the link:Circle Drawing Game  Their idea is for you to recreate the images that they give you.  You certainly could also let the kids use their imaginations to draw their own circle images.


Creative Commons "Sharealike"

Creative Commons "Sharealike"


Here's a YouTube video titled, "How to Draw different things using Circle Shapes." It is more of a step-by-step activity. 

One idea that I have seen around the internet is for the students to draw a picture that starts with one black dot.  This would work for "Dot Day" or just an easy back to school lesson. This one is from Jill Bradley, Fine Art.
 

 


Here is a worksheet that I created. You are welcome to print and use it. The instructions are simply "What can you make from circles." There are circles of various sizes. Feel free to use these as you like. 




If you are looking for fully formed art lessons that anyone can teach check out my TeachersPayTeachers Shop, Art Sub Lessons. Here are some lessons that would be good for getting back in the groove of school.


"The Colorful Art of Bruce Gray" is a lesson with lots of circles and could easily work for back to school. Super easy and could be taught by parents, teachers or subs. Includes a lot of information and visuals about a contemporary artist. It is one basic lesson but could result in two separate art projects. 
"Lines, Lines and More Lines" is a free lesson for preschool, kindergarten or first grade. All the visuals are there along with a script. It uses simple supplies. It could be taught by parents, teachers or sub. Fun and easy to do.
Silly Sandwiches" is a fun lesson that can be taught to elementary, middle or high school as a beginning of the year lesson. Lots of fun!
"Negative and Positive Space" an easy lesson that could be taught to upper elementary or middle school, at home or in school. Lots of visuals and a full script for what to say. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Art Sub Lesson for Elementary - Ugly Bug Ball

One easy path to take with an art sub lesson is to read a book or show a video and then have students draw their own interpretation from that.



Here is a vintage clip that I love.  "Ugly Bug Ball." It is fun to watch and uplifting.  Kids can watch and then proceed to draw their own ugly bug ball.

Pencils, paper, crayons and you are good to go.

I also have a lesson in my TPT shop that goes along with that but you really don't need it.  It gives your sub more of a structure with a fully prepared script and lots of examples though.  There are even art history references!

Ugly Bug Ball Lesson Plan



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Videos for Distance Art Learning

If your students have access to the web and YouTube, there are some sites that they can access easily. 

Here are some you might check out.

The Kennedy Center
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mr. Pstudios is an art teacher. His YouTube channel includes drawing activities for kids.



The blog, Art Room Videos, has links to lots of individual art videos that have been previewed for kids.


The Dad Lab has lots of videos. Your students may have access to lots of materials, so check out his entire channel. For those whose students may have limited supplies, here are some videos that might work for you.
Crayon Rubbing with Legos 
Shadow Drawing
Draw with Your Feet 
Tree Bark Rubbing

Young Rembrandts They have some directed drawings. They also have an online course that you can pay for that is off of YouTube




Robin Art School  They do a lot of directed, step-by-step drawing.




Art for Kids Hub  They do a lot of directed, step-by-step drawing.  



Mark Kistler is a long time favorite for kids wanting to draw better. I would suggest these for upper elementary and middle school.  Many of his videos are hour long, which I suspect will not work for most kids.  Finding the shorter videos, I sorted by "most popular." I saw a lot that were around ten minutes long.

The Art Project has lots of videos you might like for older kids. His drawing prompt videos are the perfect length for kids drawing at home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Distance Learning or Art Sub Lesson - Cinco de Mayo - Sugar Skulls

Cinco de Mayo is in a few days. Drawing sugar skulls would be a fun elementary activity for distance learning or classroom learning and they could be tied into the holiday.

Here is a YouTube tutorial that you could send your students to that is easy to follow.

















If you need something in paper form, check out this set of worksheets from the TPT Shop: Centers and Early Finishers. It can also be set up as an art center; used as an early finishers project; or taught as an art sub lesson.  There are templates, sample patters, and examples of three different designs.   TPT Shop: Centers and Early Finishers



Middle School Art Substitute Lessons on Negative and Positive Space

negative and positive space art lesson for middle school and elementary

Negative and positive shape can be taught using simple supplies that students may have at home.  Here are a couple of lesson plan ideas using only paper and pen. The pen could even be replaced by pencil, crayon, or marker if that is what is available.

LeaNewtonArt  has a fully written lesson plan on her blog. It is intended as a lesson to be taught at school, but has lots of information you could glean if you are writing a lesson for distance learning.



Nic Hahn, in her blog "Mini Matisse," shows a different take on negative and positive space. She also uses doodling with pattern. The theme of the designs are personal to the artists.


If you want an art sub lesson for negative and positive space that you can print and hand to a sub, I have this one in my TPT shop.

This was written as an art sub lesson but can be taught by anyone. Middle school and upper elementary grades will find it easy and fun to do.
Drawing by image by 마 법사

It is short, easy, and takes the most simple supplies: paper and pencil. It would be nice to have crayons, pens, markers, or watercolor paint, but not a requirement.

Here's a preview of the slides inside.






Thursday, April 2, 2020

Which Art Lessons are Teachers and Parents Ordering Right Now?

Art teachers and parents are looking for lessons they can use right now; ones that are full lessons to teach. Here are the fully formed lessons most often purchased from my shop this week.

These are scripted, no prep lessons that can use paper and pencil.  Pens, markers, crayons, or colored pencils would certainly enhance the art work, but if someone only has pencil and paper, they can still do these lessons. These are full of images with examples of art student art work.

These are PowerPoint presentations that can be printed out, projected, and viewed on your device screen.

They are fully scripted and can be taught by anyone. Parents would have no problem going through them with their children. They are meant to inspire students to create their own inventions and not just copy what they see.

Click on the images to go to the lesson on my TPT shop.














Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Learning Packet for Elementary Art-Distance Learning-Early Finishers Bundle

I have been creating creative drawing worksheets for early finishers for years. Kids love them!  It has occurred to me though, that they will work great for art assignments that need to be done at home.

Each worksheet has the lightly drawn outline of a character surrounded by images of possible features.

I finally put them into a bundle. Typically, these are sold separately for .99.  In a bundle of 21, you save over $5.

Click here to go see the items in my TPT store:  Learning Packet for Art


Here are the individual items that are included in this bundle.




Sunday, March 29, 2020

Middle School Art Lesson - Sea Monsters - Sub Plan

Art Sub Lessons: Sea Monsters

This art lesson was written with substitute teachers in mind, so it is written with a full script and tons of visuals.  It can be taught successfully by anyone. It is no prep and uses the most simple materials.  Paper and pencil. Crayons, pens, and markers could be added. It is presented as a PowerPoint, but can be converted to Google slides if you want to use it in that manner.  Make your life a little bit easier with this already prepared activity.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Art Sub Lesson Plan Ideas for Spring




Here are 21 elementary art sub lessons that are easy enough to be taught by anyone. Some full lesson plans; some ideas; some links to good lessons. Great reference for emergency absenses and planned leave.



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Easy Elementary Art Activities That Students Can Do At Home


If you are looking for easy options for teaching art at a distance, here are some suggestions.

I found this drawing prompt generator. artprompts.org  You select a category and then a prompt appears for that. There are ads at the top, but look down at the bottom to see your prompt. Get a new prompt by clicking on "refresh." You can make your own template and then insert drawing promts for  each week.





Crayola has art worksheets that you can download.


If your students have access to the web and YouTube, there are some sites that they can access easily.  

Here are some you might check out.

The Kennedy Center
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mr. Pstudios is an art teacher. His YouTube channel includes drawing activities for kids.



The blog, Art Room Videos, has links to lots of individual art videos that have been previewed for kids.


The Dad Lab has lots of videos. Your students may have access to lots of materials, so check out his entire channel. For those whose students may have limited supplies, here are some videos that might work for you.
Crayon Rubbing with Legos 
Shadow Drawing
Draw with Your Feet
Tree Bark Rubbing

Young Rembrandts They have some directed drawings. They also have an online course that you can pay for that is off of YouTube




Robin Art School  They do a lot of directed, step-by-step drawing.




Art for Kids Hub  They do a lot of directed, step-by-step drawing.  



Mark Kistler is a long time favorite for kids wanting to draw better. I would suggest these for upper elementary and middle school.  Many of his videos are hour long, which I suspect will not work for most kids.  Finding the shorter videos, I sorted by "most popular." I saw a lot that were around ten minutes long.

The Art Project has lots of videos you might like for older kids. His drawing prompt videos are the perfect length for kids drawing at home.

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In case you need some art lesson ideas to print and send home with your students for a few days, these would work great. Written as early finishers activities, they are worksheets with directions and lots of details  that kids can draw from on their own.





"Create a Silly Monster" Worksheet