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.