Sunday, August 27, 2017

7 Halloween Art Lessons



7 Halloween Themed Art Lessons




Here's a haunted house lesson that I created.  The information about it is in a post at Art Sub Lessons.  Art Sub Lessons - Halloween Haunted Houses

Here's another one.  Yippee!!!  Creating Silly Monsters



art sub early finishers worksheet for halloween
Here's an extra goodie of my own.  Subs will love it if you leave a worksheet for those early finishers!!!  This worksheet has an assortment of details for decorating their jack o' lantern. It also has a lightly drawn-in pumpkin for them to use as a base.  As a complete lesson, students could draw on another sheet, their own pumpkin shapes and use the worksheet as a reference.  There is also a sheet with 3 sample decorated pumpkins.  $.99 at my TeachersPayTeachers shop:  Art Sub Lessons.

I found the most wonderful Halloween lessons that could be turned into art sub lessons.  Check these out!!!

art sub plan with witch hat
Amy, at Makes and Takes, gives step-by-step instructions and many visuals for this lesson. She used black paper and oil pastel, but this could easily be done with crayons on lighter paper.
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art sub lesson for halloween
At Panicked Teacher, Susie gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make this patterned pumpkin.  I believe she is a classroom teacher who has to supplement art instruction in her class for most of the school year.
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I adore this lesson.  Jana's students (Room9Art) begged her for a Halloween lesson every year. She finally came up with this.  I believe a sub could teach this with the right directions. 
(Her blog no longer exists, but this is what she posted about the lesson on Pinterest. "The crayon coloring needed to be hard enough to deposit a thick layer of wax. Watered-down tempera paint was applied right over the drawing to create these wonderful crayon resist pictures! Every October I hear, " Can we do a Halloween lesson?" and my usual answer is "probably not". Instead of fighting the urge, this year I compromised and decided to combine a cultural theme with Halloween imagery that my students were familiar with and motivated by. The results are spooky, highly detailed, and fun to look at! I made several handouts with a variety of photographs of Native American totem poles, most of which are located in British Columbia. We also read about the process of carving a totem pole as well as the meanings and traditions associated with the display of the poles. I was primarily concerned with the overall design that was evident: Students would be asked to make a stack of characters that had visual impact, strong connections between each part, and a variety of details. . These Halloween stacks are twenty-four inches tall and nine inches wide. We drew a rough draft first, made revisions, and went on to final drafts on white paper. Students drew each part with a regular pencil and outlined it with a black sharpie marker. I asked them to use many types of crayons including metallic glitter crayons and construction paper crayons. They needed to color heavily because we would be applying diluted purple tempera paint over the entire picture. This process is called crayon resist. The purple paint toned down the colors of the crayons just enough to add to that spooky effect that we were going for! Who says that skulls can only be white? This lime green skull looks amazing! Coloring heavily with the crayons paid off when it came time to see how the paint beaded off the picture as the wax resisted it! Nicole was very motivated to use characters from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas". Don't you think she did a great job? Awesome colors and a variety of interesting details are sure to keep the viewer's attention! Avery's Halloween stack is a real balancing act! I especially love the way he perched the bats on Frankenstein's "bolts"! If you enjoyed viewing these images we would love to hear your feedback!")

art sub plan with pumpkin and patterns
This lesson, at ArtfulNest, was written for middle school.  You could write it up as a fifth-grade lesson or a sixth grade one.  You could also bring it down to the upper primary grades with a change of media.  Leave your subs some good visuals.  They could teach this!            
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art sub plan with monster
Monster lesson.  There are lots of wonderful visuals and complete details here.  It is taught with paint and gadget prints, but you could so easily adapt it with crayons for your sub lesson. Visit Line FrØslev. There are wonderful things over there.
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art sub lesson with halloween house
Here's one done for you already.  Step-by-step instructions were written here by Ms. Crisco over at Crisco Art. Always a good type of lesson to leave for a sub.  
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Relief for Relief Teachers

Relief for Relief Teachers

I just discovered that subs overseas are called "relief teachers." To see if things were the same over there for these angels of mercy, (well you need them, right?), I looked around a bit for posts about them. Yup. They need the same support as subs here in the U.S.

Here is a thorough article, written for subs....er....relief teachers. It is thorough. As a teacher who needs subs, you might find it helpful as well. (Please don't ignore your subs' needs. It is a tough job.)

Read the article here:  Relief for Relief Teachers





Saturday, August 12, 2017

11 Easy Art Plans Based on Children's Books

11 Easy Art Plans Based on Children's Books


When I sub in art, I enjoy teaching lessons that are tied into children's literature. The instant tie into quality books helps capture the students' attention, which is crucial to teaching in a short term assignment.  

Here are some lessons that use children's literature. You may click on the image to go to the lesson.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Lesson by Miss Young's Art Room

The Gingerbread Man
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes
Lesson by Sharpy Woman


The Pesky Rat, by Lauren Child
Lesson by Fairy Dust Teaching


Ish, by Peter A. Reynolds
Lesson by Art Project Girl


The BFG, by Roald Dahl
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons


Magic Trash - A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art
Lesson by The Old Paintbrush


A World of Your Own, by Laura Carlin
Lesson by Art Is Basic


Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons


The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons



The Night I Followed the Dog, by Nina Laden
Lesson by Art Sub Lessons



Black History Month Artist Tyree Guyton

Elementary Art Sub Lesson on Tyree Guyton


There is a nice art sub lesson plan over at "The Old Paintbrush." It is used with the book, Magic Trash; The Story of Tyree Guyton, and His Art, written by J.H. Shapiro. Nicole has included the full plan of what she gives her subs.  Enjoy!

Miscellaneous little treasures to make a student collage