Friday, July 24, 2020

Free Art Sub Plan - Shoe Prints

Free Elementary and Middle School Art Lesson - Shoe Prints

sample drawing for an art sub plan with shoe and pattern

This attractive artwork was done with simple supplies. Paper and crayons. If your students can trace their shoe, they can do this activity.

First, they trace their shoe on their paper. After observing the tread that is on the bottom of their shoes, they will create a pattern on the traced shoe. (Sneakers are likely to have patterned tread.)

Next, they will trace that shoe again in the background and add pattern to that shoe drawing.

They will continue to repeat that until the paper is full. 

Color in.
If you liked this lesson idea, you might like this 26 page, fully formed and scripted lesson on TPT.  Click here to see this lesson on TPT. 

This elementary and middle school art sub lesson includes slides about the artist and two projects for the students to draw. It is great for teaching elementary and middle school students about abstract art and the artist, Bruce Gray. 

Written for a sub, it may also be taught by parents, classroom teachers, art teachers, and homeschool teachers.

Supplies needed for the art lesson are pencils, paper, markers or crayons, rulers and circles of various sizes.

These lessons may be taught in several ways. You may project it as a regular PowerPoint. You may print it out and have the students sit close as if you were reading them a book. You could print out the slides and project them from a document camera.

You or your sub will only need to read the script and ask the questions given, then allow the students to respond. Visuals and directions are given for each step in creating the artwork.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

STEAM Art Sub Lessons Idea - City of the Future

STEAM  Lesson for Elementary, Middle and High School

I get ideas for art sub lessons from all sort of places.  This one came from Flickr. Fabrice Florin teaches an after school STEAM course called "Maker Art" at Tam High. While the initial lesson eventually leads to a sophisticated sculpture, the idea could be a great jumping off place for an art sub lesson. Check out his Flickr page to see more in depth ideas for this lesson. 

middle school drawing of a futuristic city

by Fabrice Florin
City of the Future: Second Class at Tam High

City of the Future Finished Sculpture

If you like the idea of your students using their imaginations to create a new environment, you might like this lesson that I wrote. It is complete with script and many images. It is also no prep. Perfect for you, subs, or parents.  Secret Rooms and Hidden Passageways

Friday, July 10, 2020

Circle Art Lessons | Art Sub Plans Worksheets

Back to School Art Worksheets and Art Sub Lessons

When you are teaching your art classes at the very beginning of the school year, there is so much to go over; introductions; expectations; classroom rules; and what they will be learning that year. After all that, sometimes all you have time left to do is something simple. Here are some simple art activities that might fit well in that short time you have left.

Circle Worksheets, Lessons, and Videos

Here's a free worksheet that I put in my TPT shop so that you could download it. It is free, so go help yourself! Circle Drawing Game - Free Worksheet

A variation of this idea can be found at the Bay Area Discovery Center site. There are variations for a group activity and a solo one. 

Here's another free worksheet that I just threw in.  "What Can You Draw from a Circle?" You can download that at my TPT shop also.  Click here for the free worksheet, "What Can You Make from a Circle?"

This next activity can be found on and is called:  “Drawing Game.” Here is the link: Circle Drawing Game  Their idea is for you to recreate the images that they give you.  You certainly could also let the kids use their imaginations to draw their own circle images.

Here's a YouTube video titled, "How to Draw different things using Circle Shapes." It is more of a step-by-step activity. 

One idea that I have seen around the internet is for the students to draw a picture that starts with one black dot.  This would work for "Dot Day" or just an easy back-to-school lesson. This one is from Jill Bradley, Fine Art.


Here is a worksheet that I created. You are welcome to print and use it. The instructions are simply "What can you make from circles." There are circles of various sizes. Feel free to use these as you like. 

No Prep Art Lessons for Teachers and Subs

If you are looking for fully formed, no prep art lessons that anyone can teach check out my TeachersPayTeachers Shop, Art Sub Lessons. Here are some activities that would be good for getting back in the groove of school.

"The Colorful Art of Bruce Gray" is a lesson with lots of circles and could easily work for back to school. Super easy and could be taught by parents, teachers, or subs. Includes a lot of information and visuals about a contemporary artist. It is one basic lesson but could result in two separate art projects. 

"Lines, Lines, and More Lines" is a free lesson for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade. All the visuals are there along with a script. It uses simple supplies. It could be taught by parents, teachers, or sub. Fun and easy to do.

Silly Sandwiches" is a fun lesson that can be taught to elementary, middle, or high school as a beginning of the year lesson. Lots of fun!

"Negative and Positive Space" an easy lesson that could be taught to upper elementary or middle school, at home, or in school. Lots of visuals and a full script for what to say.