Friday, December 4, 2015

Art Sub Plan - Beyond the Gingerbread Man

Art Sub Lesson Plan - Gingerbread Man


Elementary art student drawing of an alternative to a gingerbread man


When I was a full time art teacher and taught this lesson, my students loved it! Gingerbread, candy and sweet things are attractive to kids.  Who knew, right?  (wink)  So now that I am retired and substitute teach in art, I like to use my lessons that were the kids' favorites.

This one is based off of the idea of the gingerbread man and gingerbread houses. Kids would be happy drawing simply either one of those.  But in art class, we want to do more than that.  So in this lesson the kids look at pictures of standard kinds of gingerbread creations and then more unique and creative ones.  They share their new ideas and then draw them.

As I have taught this lesson the kids have been highly engaged.  As a sub in a class of students who don't know me, engagement is important.  As an intro to the lesson, I started with a Speakaboos video on YouTube that I  downloaded.  It was one with John Krasinski, from The Office, as a narrator.  You certainly could also supplement with one of many fun books about the gingerbread man. After that I showed the PowerPoint lesson.

I make my lesssons so that they may be projected as a PowerPoint or printed out and shown to a class close up. Each slide has a script for the sub to read and questions to ask.  It it easily taught by any sub, artist or not.

It can be taught any time of year, but certainly has a connection with early winter holidays and decor.

So, this lesson is available at my TeachersPayTeachers shop here:  Beyond the Gingerbread Man.  Once you download it, your sub planning is done.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fun Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Parodies!

Fun Art Lesson about Mona Lisa

With a little preparation ahead of time, this could be a fun sub lesson.  I can see kids buying into this one. Check out this blog post:  DRAWS Attention!!! Mona Lisa Parodies!

Student drawing of a funny Mona Lisa



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Back to School - FREE Art Sub Lesson - Lines, Lines and More Lines

Lines, Lines, and More Lines - Art Sub Plan

This art sub-plan is actually a lesson I taught as one of my back-to-school lessons every year. I taught it with kindergarteners mainly, but also with preschoolers and first graders on occasion. Also, as a part of this lesson, I did a lot of movement, creating silly sounds and lines with our bodies. This made it one of my all-time favorite kinder lessons.

You can have this PowerPoint for FREE. You may find it at my lesson plan shop, ENJOY!


Kandinsky painting of lines

kindergarten drawing of lines


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Art Sub Plan - Native American Shields


This sub lesson is perfect to accompany Native American Indian units of study.  It may be used by an art sub, art teacher or classroom teacher.  It is one of those lessons where every student feels successful when they are done.

I have taught this as an art teacher/art sub and have found that students get highly engaged in this lesson.

You may find this lesson at my TeachersPayTeachers shop.





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Friday, October 23, 2015

Art Sub Lesson - Robot Roundup

Robot Roundup | Art Sub Plans for Elementary



Robots! Kids love robots! This is a fully prepared and ready-to-teach sub lesson. 

It is one that really gets the kids engaged. They look at photos of different types of robots and get to share what they know about them. Then they are led through a drawing lesson in which they may either follow along to draw a simple robot shape or draw one independently.



Afterward, they add all the details they can imagine. They are encouraged to think about what sorts of jobs their robot could do; what background would fit in their plan; and what other objects would fit well in the drawing. They are given tips on how to color neatly to finish the work. When teaching this lesson as a sub, I have never had a disinterested student. 

You can find this lesson at m TeachersPayTeachers shop: Art Sub Lessons.  It is perfect for a sub as it is fully formed.  All the sub has to do is show the pictures and read what is printed.  They do not have to know how to draw to teach this lesson.  It is all right there in the lesson.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

STEAM Art Sub Plans - Invent an Instrument

STEAM Sub Plans for "Invent an Instrument" 

Spark your students’ s imaginations with this lesson from Mini Matisse. She has written up a complete lesson for your art sub. There are plenty of visuals to put in your lesson plan, as well as a couple of videos. Check out her new, complete sub lesson. It focuses on the artist, Mary Ellen Childs, and her fascinating musical instrument inventions.  There are lots of visuals and complete instructions. 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Art Sub Plan - Photo Booth with Value

Middle School Art Sub Lesson for Photo Booth withValue

Here's another clever art sub idea from Nic Hahn (aka Mini Matisse).  Check out this photo booth drawing with value shading.

Student drawing that looks like photos from booth using pencil

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art Sub Lesson for Kindergarten - Dragon Dance

Art Sub Lesson for Kindergarten - Dragon Dance


photo of Chinese dragon costume head


Now that I am retired from full-time art teaching, I substitute teach from time to time.  I realize how important it is for a substitute teacher to be given good plans. Art teachers know to leave a sub-plan that can be taught by anyone, but they also need to leave something in which the students will be interested.

This is a lesson that I taught for many years in my own classroom.  I have created this PowerPoint so that all a sub needs to do is to read the information on each slide as they show the pictures.  Questions are included to help lead the students through a discussion. 

The lesson introduces the students to Asian dragon costumes as they might be seen in parades and festivals.  Along with background information about the mythical dragons, students observe decorative details used in these festive costumes.

Using the most basic art room supplies (paper, pencil, and crayons), students will create their own imaginative dragon costume.

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

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

You may find this at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Why Is Your Cat Angry? Art Sub Plan

Art Sub Lesson for Angry Cat

This art sub plan was put together by Nic Hahn over at the Mini Matisse blog.
She said that this “Angry Cat” lesson is quick and easy to use and includes both a writing component as well as a drawing one.  It is based on a book by Milly Bang, Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry.  The worksheet is downloadable for free from a provided link by Art Projects for Kids.



Friday, February 27, 2015

Art Sub Lesson - Warm and Cool

Warm and Cool Art Lesson


Here's an easy one from Art Project Girl.  The main part of the lesson is about warm and cool colors.  A sub could do this one and your instructions shouldn't be too hard.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fifth Grade Art Lesson -Coat of Arms

Fifth Grade Art Lesson - Coat of Arms


Here is a complete lesson plan with samples from Mr Mint Art  


This upper elementary and middle school art sub lesson was created exactly as a sub lesson.  There are directions written for a sub and plenty of visuals. This is about as much as you can hope for when you are looking for a free sub lesson online. Don’t miss it.

This is one of those lessons you can just print out, leave in your sub tub, and know that you have something ready to hand to a sub.