Friday, September 30, 2016

Elementary Art Sub Plan - Setting Up for a Sub

Setting Up for a Sub

One of the most difficult parts about art sub planning, is trying to do it at the last minute. That is NO FUN!!!!!  When you are stressed or not feeling well is a horrible time to try and create a good experience for a substitute teacher or your students.

As someone who subbed for a while after retirement, I can tell you that those hastily put together lessons plans are HORRIBLE TO TEACH. Please do better.

Here is a post about setting up for a sub that includes a bonus.  The comments are also full of great sub lesson ideas!  This is from That Little Art Teacher. This is the way to go! Do yourself a favor and prepare well before you get in a last minute prep situation.

photo of art sub folder

Monday, September 26, 2016

Art Sub Plan - Shoeprint Designs

Shoeprint Design Art Sub Plan for Middle School and Elementary

Inspiration for an art lesson can be as close as on your feet.  Kids can trace a shoe; notice the tread on the bottom; draw a tread pattern of their own; and color it in.

Originally, I posted a link for this lesson over at Raising Arizon Kids, however their blog is no longer available. So, I looked up "shoe print art" and found some other great ideas.  Check out this lesson on the blog Kinderart. They use shoe shapes to inspire other things. 

Here are also some cool images of footprints on Flickr. 

by Bryce Bradford

by Siddhu 2020


If you like that lesson, you might also like this one from my shop on TeachersPayTeachers.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kindergarten Art Sub Lesson - Monsters

Kindergarten Art Lesson - Monsters

"Monsters" is a topic that has a high level of interest for elementary students. They don't have to be scary monsters, though some kids love, love, love the scary ones. Think of all the Sesame Street Monsters. Some are on the scarier side than others, but they're all basically furry and sweet.

Since monsters of the imaginary sort are not real, there is an infinite amount of ways they can be drawn.  That is what makes them such a good art sub lesson. High interest. Endless possibilities.

Finding art sub plans for kindergarten is a little hard.  Here's a great lesson that a sub could easily do. Find Monsters at the Artisan des Arts blog.

Books  You Might Like to Accompany this Lesson

As introductions to the topic, you might lead in with one of these picture books:

If You're a Monster and You Know It, by Rebecca Emberley

The Monster at the End of this Book, by Jon Stone

My Monster Momma Loves Me So, by Laura Leuck

Spider Sandwiches, by Claire Freedman

Monster Needs a Costume, by Paul Czajak

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

A Fun Video to Go with the Lesson

Now, even more fun than a book as an intro to a kindergarten lesson is a video with singing and kids' artwork, based on a book.  Here is a video of If You're a Monster and You Know It, based on the book of the same name.  If you have a sub who can maneuver to YouTube and project a video, this is a great one.  Check it out at Kris Handley's channel on YouTube: If You're a Monster and You Know It 

Ready-Made, No Prep Lessons in my TPT Shop:  Art Sub Lessons

If you like this lesson idea, you might also like this primary level art sub lesson about Chinese Dragon Parades:  Dragon Dance

or this wo
rksheet for early finishers that you will find here:  Create a Silly Monster


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Art Sub Lesson for Kindergarten - Bugtown Boogie

Kindergarten Art Sub Lesson for Bugtown Boogie

You should check out this art lesson.  When I first saw it, I missed that a good chunk of the lesson was lower down on the page, so don’t overlook this. There are a good number of instructions down there.

This sweet lesson was inspired by the book, Bugtown Boogie, by Warren Hanson. 
If you’d like to check out this book, you can find it performed on YouTube here:  Bugtown Boogie

The version of the lesson that this Mom uses with her son involves rolling a dice to choose bug body parts. You can find this lesson at:  Deceptively Educational.

This reminds me a lot of my sub plan, Ugly Bug Ball

If you’d like a fun elementary art lesson about bugs, that’s all ready to hand to a sub, check that one out at my TPT shop. It’s no prep; fully scripted, and full of visuals. It would work best for 2nd grade through 5th grade.

Child drawing of ants at a fancy party
Here's another primary lesson you might like at my TeachersPayTeachers shop.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Art Sub Plan - Wayne Thiebaud

Art Sub Plan - Wayne Thiebaud

This is a video lesson I created 7 years ago.  ....Wow....7 years ago...... Anyway, if you can download this from YouTube, great!  Or, if you have access to YouTube, great as well.  All you or your sub needs to do is to play and project.  All the information and instructions are right in the video.  You pause when the video directs you too.  It is free too!  Yippee!

The lesson starts off with a bit of a biography of the artist and then goes into the directions for the drawing.   Check it out here:  Wayne Thiebaud Art Sub Lesson

Photo from video of Wayne Thiebaud art sub lesson