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.



Monday, March 9, 2020

Art Sub Lesson Idea - Directed Drawing for How to Draw a Penguin


Do your kids like to do directed drawings?  The blog, Tinkerlab, has a free downloadable sheet showing how to draw a penguin, step by step. Add some details and you have a fun art sub lesson. Write up a few directions for your sub and doodle some finished penguins and you are ready to go. 
art sub lesson for how to draw a penguin

Find this directed drawing by Rochelle Doorley here:  https://tinkerlab.com/how-to-draw-a-cute-penguin/

If you would like another penguin activity, I have a doodle worksheet where kids design their own penguin disguised as something else. You will find it over at my TPT Shop.  You can check it out here:  Create A Penguin In Disguise


Saturday, February 29, 2020

Art Sub Plan Idea for Making a Leprechaun Trap

st. patrick's day elementary art sub lesson



Here is an elementary art activity for St. Patrick's Day and March. The blog "Coffee Cups and Crayons" has written up a fun and engaging activity called "Making a Leprechaun Trap." 

elementary age student art for st. patrick's day

Megan gives information about how she did the activity with her kids, but you could write up the directions in lesson plan form pretty easily.  There is discussion, interaction and drawing.  With her kids she had them draw on an old cereal box for a 3D effect. The drawing should work just as well on a sheet of paper.  Her post is a good jumping off place for you to create a St. Patrick's themed sub plan.

If you are looking for a St. Patrick's Day lesson for upper elementary and middle school, you might try this STEAM activity.


Students create a design using radial symmetry. Templates and samples are provided to give the students a boost to start.  You can find that at the TPT shop: Cool Classroom Stuff. 

Here's one more idea for St. Patrick's Day that works great as a sub lesson or early finishers activity.


The TPT Shop: Centers and Early Finishers has a doodle/pattern filling shamrock design that kids will enjoy.


Here's one for the early finishers.  "Create a Leprechaun in Disguise."


Are there any other great ideas out there for St. Patty's Day?  Let me know in the comments.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Robot Roundup

Robots! Here is a fun elementary art lesson about robots that can be taught by anyone. This PowerPoint shows real robots and has scripted questions to ask the students. It shows how to draw a robot, step-by-step, and then leaves the details up to the students. Kids will love it and so will subs and teachers.


 You may find it here:  TeachersPayTeachers shop: Art Sub Lessons

Here is a preview:


 Feedback from this lesson:

"This was the perfect lesson to leave with a guest teacher! My students loved the lesson. It kept them on-task and engaged!! Thank you!"

"My subs have told me how well they along with the students loved this activity. They also said that it challenges each grade level. "

"My 3rd graders loved creating their robots. Easy to Understand and great got a student that is apprehensive about their drawing skills."

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Captivating Castles



"I was so happy to find this. I needed a sub on our Art day during our fairy tale unit. The sub loved following the slides, and the students loved the ability to put their original touched to their castles. Would recommend."    .....feedback from purchaser of this lesson on TpT

If you are looking for a no prep art sub lesson, this might be the plan you are looking for. This lesson includes art history, castle history, and directions for drawing a castle. It is an easy and fun lesson for second grade through fifth. You can find it here: Captivating Castles
children's drawings of castles




Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Kindergarten Art Sub Lesson

Rina, at the K-6 Art blog,  has written an art lesson that is very sub friendly. You need to cut out  pear shaped templates beforehand, but it is pretty low prep beyond that.

The Magic Pear: Easy Drawing Project for Kindergarten


Friday, November 22, 2019

Winter/Christmas/Holiday Activities for Art Subs, Centers, and Early Finishers



If you need great activities and sub plans to use around Christmas, Hanukkah, December and winter, here are some options from the shops Art Sub LessonsCool Classroom Stuff, and Centers and Early Finishers. You can click right on the images to go directly those activities.

This is a brand new STEAM activity that can be used for subs, teachers, and centers. 


Feedback for this activity:  "This will make a great Art lesson for our unit on The Mitten. Thank you."

Feedback for this activity:  "Super fun! I used these as a pattern to make hanging stockings."

Feedback for this activity: "Such a fun lesson! I use this each year as a sub lesson. Def keeps kids engaged!"

Feedback for this activity: "My fourth graders are loving this! The sample robot shapes and details sheets are a great reference for helping them to draw."
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Feedback for this activity:  "My second lesson I have purchased and once again a winner! So nice and easy for any sub to follow. Also makes a great early finisher project. The kids love it!"
Feedback for this activity:  "My younger grades love this and the other products like it. They are so excited when I pull them out. "
Feedback for this activity:  "This one was flying off my counter during December!"
Feedback for this activity:  "Good activity for early finishers! Using this in my music class during my Nutcracker unit. Thank you!"
Feedback for this activity:  "My younger students love this one! I've seem some really cute finished products."
Feedback for this activity:  "Love these"