Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Dot - Relief Teaching Ideas

Art Lesson for Relief Teaching

This lesson idea is from "Ms. Brown's Art Class."  I think it could be adapted for kindergarten art sub plans up to fifth-grade ones.

Ms. Brown uses block tempera in her classroom.  If I had a sub, I might use those same plans or either draw with Sharpie and then fill in with marker or crayon.  She has nice instructions on her page.  She also uses the book, "The Dot."  (Thanks for all the lesson plans on your blog, Ms. Brown!)


Easy Art Lesson - Pattern Snake

Easy Art Lesson - Pattern Snake - Sub Plan

I’m not sure why it is, but kids love drawing snakes. Here’s a lesson where they draw one and then add a variety of patterns and doodles.  

You could do this with kindergarten but with older kids as well. 

This is from the blog "Got Art / Teaching Art to Young Artists."  Mrs. Matott said she left this with first and second grades as a sub lesson before and it was successful. 

Here’s a similar take on that. This is another blog post about spirals and another pattern snake.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lessons Ready to Use

Lessons Ready to Use

Here are some sub lessons all ready to print out and use.  I'd print them out ASAP if I were you.  You never know how long these things will be on the net!

These are from the art office in Anchorage, AK. 

The lessons to download include:

• Kindergarten
  • Imaginary Person, Animal or Creature
  • Rainbow Fish
• Grade One
• Castles
• With Pattern: Quilts
  • Grade Two
    • Line Design With Narne
    • Crazy Cats
  • Grade Three
    • Landscape Drawing
    • Figures In Action
  • Grade Four
    • Portraits With Pattern Hair or Beard
    • School Supplies
  • Grade Five
    • Cornrnunity On A Distant Planet
    • Visual Puns
  • Grade Six
    • Fantasy Animals
    • A Super Sandwich

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Easy Art Lesson - Bold Lines

Easy Art Lesson for Subs

Katie Morris has a nice sub lesson with good instructions and visuals over on her blog, "Adventures of an Art Teacher."  

Child drawing of bold lines and patterns
She gives credit where she first saw the idea.  Katie says:  "If you are on Artsonia, the lesson was posted by Linda Welling from Cedar Creek Elementary School."

Handouts for Subs

Worksheets for Middle School Art 

Here's a post from Guilford County School's Art Educator's Blog.  Caitlin Fisher shared some handouts that she leaves for subs.  I've shown one here, but there are more on that site.

If you're interested in a free worksheet, here's a free one at my TPT shop. This link takes you to a writeup about it on this blog:  Circle Worksheets. That post also leads you to some other free circle worksheets you might like.

Here's another one I wrote about on my blog:  Imagination Workout. There are 11 simple lines drawn on a grid. The challenge is to create something based on those lines. Check out that blog post to see the example and find the link to the original blog post. Only simple materials are required. The blogger also posts a free worksheet a week!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Art Sub Plan - Gingerbread Buildings

Gingerbread Buildings Lesson for Subs

This art sub lesson is one I used for my first, second, and third graders.

When I have a sub, my goal is for the kids to be engaged and the sub to have an easy go of it.  Since non-art people are the norm for my subs, I always promise them that I will leave a lesson that anyone can teach.  So, the lessons from my county's curriculum are saved for me to teach.

I figured that on the last day of school before winter break, the kids would be overly excited and I needed to give them something that would be of interest to them.

I printed out many gorgeous gingerbread houses from the internet and hung them in the room.  I also painted a sheet with many types of candies that you might find on a gingerbread house.

I left the sub 12" x 18" pens....and crayons.  If I do this lesson again, I would give the kids a smaller paper; perhaps 10" x 10".  The larger paper was too big to color in completely in one 55 minute class.

 Here is what I wrote for her:

Show the photos of the gingerbread houses.  I have taped a chart of painted candies and gingerbread houses on the wall so please point that out to them to use.
As you show the pictures, ask the students to tell you what they see.  What is a gingerbread house?  Why do people make them?  What are they made from?

Point out that not all of the houses are the same shapes.  They could be gingerbread castles….gingerbread mansions….gingerbread forts…..gingerbread theaters…….gingerbread stores………gingerbread schools…… Some even have decorated areas around them.  How will you make a fence?  A car in the driveway?  Trees?  People?  Animals?

Tell the students that they will be drawing a gingerbread building today.  What type of building they choose to do is up to them.  They will be using black pens to draw the entire picture.   After about ten minutes of drawing, you can pass out the blue boxes of crayons.  They may color in the picture.  Note:  they only get one sheet of paper.  They know this and probably won’t ask for another.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Silly Monsters Idea for an Art SubLesson

Silly Monsters for an Art Sub Lesson

Child drawing of silly monsters
You could DEFINITELY come up with a lesson plan for this one!   "Silly Monsters" from the blog "Her Dabbles." She used it with second grade. I know lots of elementary grades, including kindergarten, have units of fun studies related to monsters.

Here’s another fun thing I found on the web. A “monster name generator.” Need an inspiration for the monster or just need help with naming one? Here’s a place to visit.  

Monster Name Generator. You kind of have to visit it just to play around with it for fun.

Through A Window Art Lesson

Through A Window Art Lesson

***The blog on which this original post was linked, no longer seems to exist. I will leave this post as it may inspire you to create your own lesson for this drawing.

Here's one called "Through a Window."  The blog has a downloadable Word file with the lesson plan and photos.

It's at the Art4cast wiki.  

Alphabet Soup Lesson as Art Sub Plan

Alphabet Soup Lesson as Art Sub Plan

Here's the development of a sub lesson that Phyl, at "There's a Dragon in My Art Room" posted.  She got the original idea from a  post on sub lessons by Erica at "Art Project Girl."   Here's a photo of Phyl's lesson: 

Here's the link to Phyl's lesson:  There's a Dragon in My Art Room.

And here's a screen shot of Erica's lesson:

Here's a link to Erica's blog:  Art Project Girl

Directed Drawing of Owls as Art Sub Plan

Directed Drawing of Owls as Art Sub Plan

This is from the blog Art Lessons for Kids. The blogger taught this as a sub during her time off from full time teaching.

Art Sub Lesson Video | Tar Beach

Art Sub Lesson Video: Tar Beach

I love showing kids art videos that are related to the lesson. Here's one of my own.  It's a video I created for the sub to show the class.  The kids follow along with the video.  Click here for the video: Tar Beach

I did this lesson with my students plenty of times and they loved it! I love it when kids get to use their imaginations to create something that is personal to them.

Tar Beach art lesson
You might want an art sub lesson for Tar Beach already written up. You can pick one up here on my TPT site: Art Sub Lesson: I'm Flying.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Romero Britto Art Sub Lesson

Romero Britto Art Lesson

This lesson is simple but has striking results. The combination of cubism and pop art make appealing inspiration pieces for kids art lessons when combined with vibrant colors and bold pattern. An art sub could be very successful in leading this lesson.


This lesson, featuring the art of Romero Britto, uses simple materials; paper and markers. Markers give the art work that bright color that is a hallmark of Britto’s work. Students create a simple design and add pattern to the shapes. They color it in. 


photo of Romero Britto with his art
Click here for Romero Britto Lesson from Teach Kids Art