Saturday, June 22, 2019

Art Sub Plan Idea - Art Smart: A lesson in Shape, Mondrian & Oil Pastels

 "This Is Carrie" at the blog, "This Mama Makes Stuff," has a post about a kindergarten art idea that could convert well to an art sub lesson. The post is titled, "

Art Smart: A lesson in Shape, Mondrian & Oil Pastels."

Sub Plan for elementary kids - shapes and Mondrian drawing


Mondrian's Boogie Woogie Broadway - ideas for elementary art sub lessons
In this lesson, she is teaching kids about shape; tracing a shape; and the art of Mondrian.  If you like including art history references, this is a good choice.  Check it out and see if this easy art lesson would work for your kinders.


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Silly Sundae Preview

Find relief when you have an emergency absence. Writing lesson plans for a sub when you are in a rush, feels horrible. Don't stress out when you don't need to.  I have complete no-prep lesson plans already fully formed for you.



This is a preview of my art sub lesson called "Silly Sundae." I thought you would get more information from a preview of this lesson than just from one or two images. Find this fun elementary lesson at my TpT Shop: Art Sub Lessons. 















This lesson is no prep and can be taught by anyone.  All someone needs to do is to show each page; read the script; and follow the directions. Subs love my lessons because there is a lot of content and they will keep the students engaged for the entire class period.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Silly Sundae

This art sub plan is fun for kids and is easy to teach. Substitute teachers only have to read the script; ask the questions; and show the pictures.  It requires no prep. This lesson gives students an opportunity to use their imaginations and create a fun product that they have never seen before. 

A no-prep lesson, it uses the most basic supplies: pencil, crayons or markers, and paper.

Check it out at the TPT shop: Art Sub Lessons.

drawing of a silly sundae used in an art sub plan


Friday, May 17, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Landscape with Patterns

I have seen many iterations of this patterned landscape lesson.  I have drawn up three visuals you could use if you want a sub to use this as a lesson.  

Artescula blog and Crayola both have varying instructions on the plan.






Monday, May 13, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Secret Rooms and Hidden Passageways

Before I got a job teaching art, I taught fifth grade.  I taught my class art when I could and tied it into our lessons.  When I taught the pyramids, my students drew imaginary interiors to the pyramids. They were enthralled, and so excited to share their drawings.  I have been meaning to recreate that experience as an art sub lesson for years.  Finally, I did it.

This is a lesson I named, "Secret Rooms and Hidden Passageways." Students look at a variety of hidden spaces in art work; in history; and in imaginary images.  They then create their own space with trap doors, hidden rooms, secret hallways, and all manner of spaces that are tucked away.

You may find it in my TpT shop:  Art Sub Lessons




Sunday, May 5, 2019

Kindergarten - Dog Party - Idea for an Art Sub Lesson

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Here is a sweet idea for preschool and kindergarten that I had not seen before.
This teacher used the idea from

Monday, April 29, 2019

Art Sub Plan - Insect Designs with Radial Symmetry - STEAM/STEM

TpT shop has an art activity that could be used with an art sub, a center, or an early finisher activity. This could be used by elementary, middle, or high school students.  Create Insect Designs with Radial Symmetry - STEM/STEAM


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Symmetrical Mothers Day Design and Card

The TpT shop, Cool Classroom Stuff, has a fun art activity for elementary or middle school. It could be used for subs, centers, or early finishers. It includes circle templates that are divided to help design symmetrical floral designs. There is a template for creating a design to a Mother’s Day card as well as one for a larger design.

This radial symmetry lesson is a STEAM lesson as it integrates math and art.
floral design using radial symmetry


It could be used by elementary and middle school students.


Middle School Art Sub Idea - Abstract Name Designs

Here's an idea you might use for an art relief lesson.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Art Sub Plan - The Ugly Bug Ball


This lesson was created with an art sub in mind. All of the directions have been included for their ease of use. There are multiple ways to use it. It may be printed out so that the sub may present it up close on paper or shown as a PowerPoint presentation.

Here's a comment from a buyer:  "The kids produced wonderful drawings and images. The sub used the plans for my intermediate groups grades 3-5 and she loved working with the kids as the plans were so meticulously laid out!"


cover from an art sub lesson - has a child's drawing of bugs at a party

The materials needed for this lesson are the most simple: paper, pencils and crayons or markers. Here's what another buyer had so say about that: "Great lesson to leave for a sub as everything needed was included and the prep was minimal and used things commonly found in the art room. "

The lesson begins with a discussion about masterpieces featuring insects by the artists Balthasar van der Ast, Nicolaes de Bruyn and then William Heath-Robinson. The lesson then leads the students to creating an imaginary scene of insects at a party. Each slide includes questions and statements for the students to think about including in their drawing.

I have taught this lesson to all levels, K through Fifth. My subs who have used this lesson have left feedback that they and the students thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.

I hope that this will be a well loved lesson for you and your students and that it helps you when you are in need of a sub lesson. 


The materials needed for this lesson are the most simple: paper, pencils and crayons or markers.

The lesson begins with a discussion about masterpieces featuring insects by the artists Balthasar van der Ast, Nicolaes de Bruyn and then William Heath-Robinson. The lesson then leads the students to creating an imaginary scene of insects at a party. Each slide includes questions and statements for the students to think about including in their drawing.

I have taught this lesson to all levels, K through Fifth. My subs who have used this lesson have left feedback that they and the students thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.

I hope that this will be a well loved lesson for you and your students and that it helps you when you are in need of a sub lesson. 

You may find this lesson here:  TPT Shop: Art Sub Lessons

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bugs and Insects - Easy and Fun Art Activities

Now that spring is here, people are interested in nature art lessons. Here are some related to bugs and insects.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kindergarten and First Grade Art Project - Birds and Birdhouses - Sub Lesson Idea

People are always seeking art sub plan ideas for kindergarten and first grade. Here is a project that you could easily turn into a sub lesson for both.  She has complete instructions too...

Friday, March 1, 2019

Art Sub Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade - Imaginary Travel

One good place to check when you need art sub lessons is KinderArt.

Here's a lesson that they recommend for ages 5 - 8.  They include a short write up of a lesson with a sample art work. Your sub would probably appreciate some supplemental material such as picture books that go with the theme. It is a sweet little lesson you can leave for your sub if you have time to add a few more visuals and maybe a book to go along with it.


Here's one of mine that has a similar theme, but there 17 pages with visuals; a script for the sub to follow; and instructions. 
Here are a couple of comments from teachers who have used this lesson:

"As a regular classroom teacher tasked with teaching art I love your lessons - makes me more confident that I am sharing some art insight."

" Great lesson for subs - easy, engaging, and very relevant in the art room! My sub loved it, and the kids did too. They all wanted to finish their images the next week."

Find my lesson is at TeachersPayTeachers shop: Art Sub Lessons.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Kindergarten Ideas for Art Sub Plans



As an art teacher, I always found kindergarten to be a tough grade to write art sub plans for. Thinking up lessons that would be simple enough for any random sub to teach took a lot of planning. Sometimes it took a lot of prep too.

After I retired, and art subbed for a while, it reinforced my thinking that I better have a lot planned to keep a class of kinder kids, engaged. I don't mind singing and dancing and doing a lot of movement activities. Little kids are usually up for as much of that as you can provide. After as much of this as I could do and keep them interested, I would do a super simple art lesson.  No cutting.  No gluing. No paint.  And I would try to find lessons that were "no fail."

I would also have videos on hand for when kids would start finishing up their work. The early finishers would clean up, put their work away, and do whatever they needed to do at the end of a lesson.  Then, they would come to the floor and watch videos that I had previewed and thought were fun. I tried finding art videos that the students would like, but mostly the videos needed to be fun.

I do, by the way, have a blog with videos I have previewed.  Art Room Videos  I don't tend to it much anymore, but there are a lot of good videos in there. Some are great artsy ones and some are just pure entertainment for crowd control.

I would suggest that you have sub ideas on hand for kinder lessons.  Those were always the hardest to plan for me.  You might look around at this blog and save some ideas.  I will go back and tag the ones "kindergarten" that seem appropriate.  Print some things out. Go check out some ideas on TpT. I have a shop but there are plenty of others too.

Good luck and take care!



Thursday, February 21, 2019

Art Sub Lesson Idea - Doodles

Here is an easy lesson project from Andrea and Jantje at KinderArt.  They have given you examples and instructions, so if you know your sub has a skill for just teaching, they could totally follow this!

doodle drawing with lines and colors done with markers and crayons
Check out the blog post here:  Doodles: Drawing Lessons for Elementary School Children




STEAM Art Sub Plan for St. Patrick's Day

Here is an idea that you could use for high school, middle school, or upper elementary. This is a St. Patrick's Day lesson that integrates art and math, so it works as a STEAM lesson too! You can find this at the TPT Shop: Cool Classroom Stuff.

Here are some comments about this radial symmetry art product that are on the shop's page:

"I used this with middle and high schoolers. Some of them really took their time creating beautiful designs! Will use again! Thank you!!"

"I did this for club Friday and the students loved it."

"Helpful to introduce symmetry. Thanks."








Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Funky Fish Idea for an Art Sub Plan

I adore this blog post by  2 Soul Sisters . Their students created this fun piece for an art auction. I would totally buy it!



They used paint and 3D treasures, but I think the image idea could be sub lesson friendly for elementary students. I wouldn't leave glue and paint for a sub, but the basic design is marker and crayon friendly.



Ideas for a Sub Lesson:
You could leave a chart of basic fish shapes or imaginary fish shapes for students to copy.
You could draw simple fish shapes and make copies of them for students to fill in with designs.
Provide charts or handouts of patterns or textures for students to use to fill in their funky fish shapes.
Display more designs of funky fish to inspire kids.



And since this guy reminds me of Rainbow Fish,  a picture book might be a nice addition to the lesson!

Head over to their blog to get the details on this awesome piece.




Monday, February 11, 2019

Valentines Day STEAM Art Activity

This radial symmetry drawing can be used in elementary, middle, or high school. The older students will have fun adding much more detail, but kids of all ages will enjoy this.  Click here to see more about this at TPT Shop: Cool Classroom Stuff.


Here is a fun video by OK Go using radial symmetry. If you can show video in your class, your students might like seeing this.