Sunday, December 8, 2013

Clowning Around - Emergency Art Sub Lesson

I have left this lesson with my subs for a couple of years now.  They seem to do well with it.

I have uploaded it to TeachersPayTeachers here:  Art Lesson for Subs - Clowning Around

As with all my sub lessons, all you need to do is to print out this 20 page PowerPoint and leave it for the sub.  The only materials they will need are paper, pencil and crayons.  All the directions and visuals for your sub are included.  The sub just needs to read the questions and comments on each slide, and that will direct your students.

The lesson begins with photos of clowns through history.  In order to make an art history connection, I have included a medieval masterpiece of a court jester. Each slide includes questions and statements for the students to think about while creating their drawings.

This lesson would work well as an emergency sub plan as the materials are basic and the directions are complete.  The lesson costs only $3.50 and will save you great amounts of time over the years.

Take care.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Printables - Totems

This is over at Teachervision.  I could imagine providing an art sub with this.  Maybe you would add some extra visuals to look at.

Teachervision Printables

Friday, November 22, 2013

Centers as Sub Lessons

Here's a take on using centers with subs.  Go visit The Art of Ed to see how she makes this work.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Emergency Art Sub Lesson - There's a Giant in My House!

Little to no prep art sub lesson!

I have many art sub plans on my TeachersPayTeachers site.  They are perfect as emergency sub plans but certainly could be used as regular lesson plans.  My sub plans require only that you have paper and crayons for supplies.

This lesson may be viewed in two ways. It may be projected as a normal PowerPoint or it may be printed out and used as you would a book. If it is to be printed out, the teacher would just have the students come sit near him/her as the lesson is taught.

It was written with a substitute teacher in mind, but certainly could also be used by the classroom or art teacher.

This lesson was written so that all of the prompts and visuals are included. To teach the lesson, all one has to do is go from slide to slide (or page to page.)

The materials needed to complete the assignment are intentionally simple; paper, pencil or crayon. For this reason, this lesson would serve well as an emergency lesson plan.

The lesson could be augmented with the reading of the story, "Jack and the Beanstalk," but for the time given, it is intended as a stand alone lesson.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Substitute Assignment

Marcia, over at Art is Basic, has this as a lesson plan.  It involves visualizing yourself  as you are and then as an older person.  Go check it out over at her blog.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Emergency Art Sub Lesson for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades

This is a lesson that I left for my sub this week. It is based on the cuckoo clocks that come from the Black Forest of Germany.  Students are shown examples of real cuckoo clocks and ones drawn by other students.

I created it in such a way that it could be projected as a PowerPoint or could be printed out for my art sub to use.  It is for sale in my TeachersPayTeachers shop.  It would be perfect to use on one of those days when you need a lesson for an emergency absence.  All you have to do is print this out for your sub.  All of the visuals and directions are written right in the PowerPoint.  The supplies are as simple as it gets:  crayons and paper.

My art sub said that the students enjoyed the lesson.  I had fun looking at the clock inventions that they came up with.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

15 Lessons I Learned as a Substitute Teacher

This blog post is by a sub and is pretty funny.  It's got great reminders for those of us who depend on subs from time to time and want to keep them happy.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Whoosh! I'm Flying!

This sub lesson is fully scripted and ready to hand to a sub. Provide them with paper, pencil, crayons, and the book, Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold, and they are ready to teach the lesson.

This lesson may be taught as a PowerPoint projection or printed out and each page shown, one-by-one.

The materials needed for the lesson are: paper, pencil, crayons, and the book, Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold.

The slides lead the teacher through questions and answers that will encourage the student to let their imaginations lead their own designs.

I have tested this on my own art subs and have gotten positive feedback. I have also taught this lesson myself, and the students have enjoyed it.

This would be perfect as an emergency sub lesson or as a lesson to be taught by a teacher at any time.

You can find this lesson at my shop at TeachersPayTeachers.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Imagination Workout

Here's a worksheet idea that I found on Pinterest. (

This is from the blog, Super Mom Moments.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Art Sub Plan - A Tree House for Me

As I am entering the later part of my career, I am trying to figure out how I can both continue in art education and fund my retirement.  Plus, in a year or two I will probably start subbing in art classrooms and will need an arsenal of good lessons to teach.  I've started putting together art sub lessons in PowerPoint as if I were going to substitute teach from them.  They've taken hours of work to put together and most of them have been tested in the classroom.

I am going to be selling them cheaply so that when you need an emergency lesson plan you can buy one from here:  Jan's Shop at TeachersPayTeachers  A lesson that has taken me hours and hours to work on, you can download in a minute.  You don't have to spend all those agonizing hours writing your own art sub lesson plans.

The lessons all use the most simple supplies:  crayon or maker, pencil or pen, and paper.  All your sub has to do is to read each slide.

Since my subs most likely don't feel comfortable using my technology, I have created the slides so that you can print out each slide.  The sub will just bring the class close as if they were reading a book to the class, and they will show each slide that has been printed.

This particular lesson was written with third, fourth, and fifth grade students in mind.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Sub Plan

Over on K-6 Art Lessons blog, Rina gives a lesson plan for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and suggests that you might use it as a sub plan.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Freebie - Back to School - Still Life Set Ups

This isn't a sub lesson, but it might be helpful to you at the beginning of the school year.