Monday, December 17, 2012

Important Info For Us All About Subs

This is important information for us all about subs.  Phyl, at There's a Dragon in my Art Room, tells about her recent experience in art subbing.  She gives some tips and lesson ideas as well as things we should have ready at all times.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mandalas - Complete with Instructions for Sub

Here is another sub lesson from Jessica Young, and it is complete with full sub instructions!  Yay!!!!!!!!!  Get the lesson here at Miss Young's Art Room.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Paul Klee's Senecio by FunArt4Kids

I am hoping to take a couple of days off before Christmas and may use this for my sub.  Hopefully I will come back and write detailed plans for this to share with you.

I think that this lesson at FunArt4Kids could be broken down enough for any sub to be successful.

Paul Klee's Senecio at the blog Fun Art 4 Kids  

If you are lucky enough to get a sub who can use your computer, projector and PowerPoint, they can use this great presentation here:  Paul Klee.  If you can also always print it out for your sub.  (This blogger has a nice collection of other artist PowerPoints too.)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fully Written Plans for Purple People Eater

You would think that since I gather sub plans for this blog, preparing for a sub would be a breeze for me.  Not so.  Though I have so many ideas right at my fingertips, I still spend unspoken numbers of hours writing the plans and making the visuals.  So I will post the written plans I made this week and maybe it will save you a little time.

I originally posted a link to Clown and Poodle's lesson on the Purple People Eater. 
That is the lesson I chose to leave for my sub yesterday.

Here is how I prepped.  Since all my classes were going to do the same lesson, I taped the visuals in the front of the room.  Some of these are ideas I copied directly from her original post.

In this lesson, the students glue a googly eye on the paper.  I did this the day before my sub came as to save her the hassle of dealing with the thick craft glue.  When the students received their work paper, it had a googly eye glued on it already.

Here are a couple of the finished pieces done by second graders:

Here are the lesson plans as written for my sub:

Tell the students that today they will be inventing a new silly monster all on their own.  It will look like no one else’s!  

Read these lyrics with a lot of fun in your voice:
This is called the One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater.
Well, I saw the thing
A comin' out of the sky
It had a one long horn
And a one big eye
I commenced to shakin'
And I said "oohwee
It looks like a Purple
People Eater to me"

It was a one-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
Sure looked strange to me

Well, he came down to earth
And he lit in a tree
I said, "Mister Purple People Eater,
Don't eat me"
I heard him say
In a voice so gruff,
I wouldn't eat you
Cause you're so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' purple people Eater
Sure looked strange to me
One horn

I said, "Mister Purple People Eater,
What's your line?"
He said,
Eatin' purple people,
And it sure is fine.
What is the reason
That you came to land
I wanna get a job
In a rock 'n roll band

Well, he went on his way
And then what-a you know
I saw him last night
On a TV show
He was blowin' it out,
Really knockin' 'em dead
Playin' rock 'n roll music
Through the horn on his head

Show the students a paper that has one eye glued to it.  Tell them that they will invent their own one-eyed monster using this paper.
Show them the sample monsters that I have drawn.
Ask them how many eyes their monster should have. <There is one eye glued on the paper, but they can draw more if they want.>
Ask them what else their silly monster should have.  (Wings?  Legs?  Toes?  Teeth?  What else?)
Show them the charts on the SmartBoard and tell them that they may use some of the ideas there, but they don’t have to.  They can invent whatever they want.
Show them the paper that has one eye glued on it.  (They’re in the cardboard box under the SmartBoard.) Tell them that they will use that as their monster’s eye.  They use the Sharpie to draw around it.  They add the rest of the head, the body and what ever else they want.

Show the drawings of the two monsters.  Point out that they have things in their hands.  What will they put in their monster’s hands?

Will their monster be scaly?  Will it be hairy?  Bumpy?  Rough? 
Have the students go to the tables you assign them.  (Send four to red…four to yellow…four to blue….four to green…..etc.)
After they are seated, tell them to look at their seat number.  Tell them that person #1 should stand up.  If there is no #1, choose #2 for that team…or #3 of need be.  That person will be the team helper.

Hold all the papers.  Have the helpers line up in front of you and tell you how many sheets they need for their team.

The helper should come back and get Sharpies for their team.
The helper should come get a box of crayons for their team.
Everyone should draw their monsters.  Remind them that they can draw them however they like, however if they need help, they can get ideas from the charts on the SmartBoard.

If lots of children finish before the end of class time, call them all up front with their drawings.  You can collect the drawings and show each one.  The children can clap for each other.  Remind them that it should be clapping only and that we clap for every child.

If there is still time at the end of class you can read the book “Glad Monster Sad Monster.”  I will put that up front with the other supplies.
Helpers should return Sharpies and crayons to the front of the room.
The children should take their art work with them.
Please give me feedback about how the lesson went.  
If you like that lesson, you might also like this one from my shop on TeachersPayTeachers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Design a Giftcard

This lesson was intended for fifth and sixth grade students.  The sub even left a comment about how great a lesson it is!  Find it at Art Class with LMJ.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Name Parade

I found this on Pinterest through: 
They found it on Artsonia at this link: Name Parade
It was posted by Old Post Road Elementary School
E. Walpole, Massachusetts

  There is a description of the lesson on the Artsonia page.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Name Aliens

I found this on Pinterest. It is a fully formed lesson plan, though not initially intended as a sub plan. I think that my fourth and fifth graders would have no problem with this and a sub could easily teach it.  It's from the blog "We Heart Art."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Game Time!

Thanks so much to Elizabeth at the blog, Dream Painters,   for suggesting this link.

Here's a game your kids might enjoy with your sub.  "Roll A Picasso"  and other artist games.  Check it out over at Mrs. Humpal's Room.

And here are some worsheets you or your sub might like to have on hand for those early finishers. You can find them at my TeachersPayTeachers shop. Click on each picture to check them out.
St. Patrick's Day worksheet for creative thinking
Here's a new worksheet in my TeachersPayTeachers shop. worksheet for early finishers depicting a penguin and ideas for giving him a disguise

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pop Art Alterations

Here's a middle school sub lesson that looks like fun.  Find the instructions at:  Art in the Middle School

Monday, October 1, 2012

Amusement Park

I saw this homework assignment from Art With Mrs. Custer and thought it would be something a sub could handle.  Hopefully, I will get around to writing out the plans for a sub and will remember to share it here.

If you like this lesson, you might also like this lesson in my TeachersPayTeachers shop.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A-mazing Dinosaurs

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for sending this one my way.  Check out her blog and this sub appropriate lesson at Dream Painters:  A-Mazing Dinosaurs.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Op Art

This was sent to me by  Danish blogger/art teacher, Tina Kejlberg.  She has lots of tutorials on her site, many of which you can adapt for a sub.  Google has a translation option that pops up to translate the site for you.  Go take a look!  Mrs. Fine - glimpses from my art education.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Draw the Other Half worksheets

Thanks so much, Jessica, for sending along this sub lesson.  She uses it as a time fill if she needs to, but says that you could also leave it as a sub plan.  Jessica says "if anyone wants me to send them the original in an email, to comment on my post :) "  Check out her sub lesson on her blog, "Miss Young's Art Room."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ugly Bug Ball - Art Sub Lesson

I came up with this lesson during my sick leave after knee surgery.  Unfortunately, my first few days at work were too taxing to teach my regular curriculum, and I had to teach this sub lesson to a few classes.  All levels seemed happy to do it though.

Many grades in the spring are studying insects, so this is a natural tie in to their curriculum.

If you go to my blog for art room videos, and search for "ant" or "insect" you will find lots of videos that you can tie into this lesson.

The main idea for the lesson is from this video, "Ugly Bug Ball."  Since it is a Disney video, I suppose they could take it down at any time.  You can do a web search for it if it isn't on YouTube anymore.  The video has Burl Ives singing this sweet song about the ugly bug ball and then ends up showing animation of said ball.  The kids loved it!

After watching the video, we talked about the things that you might find at an ugly bug party.  What kinds of bugs?  What would they be doing?  How would they be dressed for the party?

black pens
markers or crayons
12 x 18 white paper

The kids drew the bugs, trying to include the body parts they had learned about.  They dressed them all in party attire and with the proper surroundings.

When they were done, I collected the papers and showed them to the class.  (We always clap after each work is shown.)

If there is time left at the end of that, the sub may show the other videos on insects.

If you would like a fully written version of this lesson, ready for a sub to pick up and teach, you may purchase my plan at this link:  TeachersPayTeachers.    The materials are the simplest:  pen or pencil, marker or crayon, paper.  It would be perfect for an emergency art lesson or just a regular art lesson.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dr. Seuss's New Hats

I found this lesson on Artsonia.  I think a sub could do this one with small adaptations.  Maybe it would be good for kinders through second. 

Here's the link:  I'm not sure if you need to log into Artsonia to see this or not.

Here are the Artsonia credits:
From exhibit ""Cat in a Hat" has a new hat"
by Waylon88 (Art ID #18057787)
from Perry County School District #32— grade 1
United States 

Lesson Plan Starter: "Cat in a hat", has a new hat!

by Richard Conaway  Power Planner! ?
from Perry County School District #32 (Perryville, MO)
submitted Mar 26, 2012
for grade level » Early Childhood (Pk-2)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One-Day Quickie Project

This is a perfect lesson for a sub.  It's easy to do and it looks good.  The kids will enjoy it.

Check out Jessica's blog, Miss Young's Art Room.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Emergency Lesson Plan - Grade 5

"Native American Shields" is a lesson that I designed for use by an art sub. This PowerPoint can be projected to a class or printed out and shown up close.  This lesson is fully ready to be taught by a sub. The visuals and prompts are all right there to help a sub feel comfortable teaching a quality art lesson. You can find it for sale here: Art Sub Lessons.

This is perfect for those emergency absences when you do not have the time to write detailed plans but want to leave quality plans for your subs.

Another is to visit the site for the school system in Anchorage.  It has a pdf online for emergency art lessons.  There's a lesson for each greade k - 6.  Here's the visual  for a fifth grade lesson.  Go to the site for their simple one page lesson plan.

Monday, April 30, 2012

"Picasso Meets Grant Wood"

I recently went through all of my old sub plans and took photos of them to share with you.  I found this lesson plan on Artsonia years ago.  It was posted by Jennifer Barretto, Rhodes Elementary, San Antonio, Texas.

Here are the visuals that I left for my sub and some of the kids' work.

Since not all of our subs are comfortable with working the computer and projector, I mounted these images and words on large paper so that the sub would know exactly what to say as she was showing the visuals.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Sub Lesson

Our school library still has some old video tapes hanging around.  They weed them out all the time, but I guess because some of us still love them, they remain.  Some of my favorites are the old Reading Rainbow ones and the ones about holidays.  They are both rich series for elementary kids.  I especially appreciate them when I am planning for a sub. 

St. Patrick's Day was coming up and I knew I had a holiday video about that.  So that's the theme I left for my sub.

Our "sub finder" in my district is web based.  When I request a sub, I can write down special things that someone should know before they pick up a subbing job.  This time I will request that the person only pick up the job if they are comfortable using my laptop, the projector, and the dvd player.  Normally, my subs are not artists nor qualified teachers.  Most of them in this area come with accents, as do my students.  So there is a lot of room for not understanding what someone is saying.  That's why I sometimes make a video that my sub only has to play.  But because some come without a comfort level of any technology, I want to make sure that person doesn't sign up for my job.

Here's what I wrote my sub:

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.  It doesn't happen often.  If only one child is being silly, give them a warning, and if they continue to be loud or silly, you can have them sit in the little hallway by my bathrom.  (Light on, please.)

You may see teachers coming and going into my little bathroom all day.  It's the only bathroom upstairs for adults.  It is never disruptive.  The kids barely notice.

When the children come in the room, they should sit on the white lines on the floor.  You lead them row by row.

 The lessons for today show the theme of St. Patrick's Day.  Ask the students if they know anything about the holiday. and let them talk as much abouut it as you want.  Then 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.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Radial Name Design

This lesson is in complete form to hand to a sub.  It is in a downloadable .doc format.

Here's the address: Art4Cast

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Purple People Eater

This was written up as a lesson that could be taught by a parent.  It's a nicely written lesson that could easily be done by an art sub.  Visit the blog with this lesson here:  Clown and Poodle.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Mazes is a lovely sub lesson from Art is Basic.

Paper Sculpture

Another find from Pinterest.
Repinned 3 hours ago from Art Projects Ideas 

One of these pinners suggested that this lesson might make a good sub lesson.  It's on Artsonia.

From exhibit "Paper Sculpture 310"
by Alejandra507 (Art ID #12901177)
from Scammon Elem School— grade 3
United States