Sunday, June 20, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Elementary and Middle School Art Sub Lesson with Typography
Sunday, June 6, 2021
One Day Art Sub Lesson
Jessica Young used this plan initially as an art sub lesson for fourth grade. When she needed a quick art lesson for herself, she pulled this one out and used it for other grades as well.
You can check out Jessica's blog here: Miss Young's Art Room.
The materials she used were markers and paper. With subs, I am careful about leaving markers. If I know the sub and trust them to emphasize using the markers with care, I would leave markers. Otherwise, crayons would work just fine.
Miss Young demonstrated how to draw a "criss cross" star with her kids and then showed them how to repeat the lines in and around that star. I think you could also provide students with templates of other shapes for this. Basic shapes? Animal shapes?
If you would like to use masterpieces from art history to introduce the lesson, here is an idea that might work well.
in public domain
Here's another lesson plan that you could use to create a lead in for this lesson: "Kandinsky Squares with Concentric Circles,"at the blog, Art Prep has a good, meaty description of Kandinsky and his work.
They talk about Kandinsky choosing to switch to from using subjects in his paintings to focusing on line and color. This is great information for your lesson.
If you would like to use an art sub plan that is fully formed and ready to hand to a sub, check out this one in my TPT shop: Art Sub Lessons. It is no prep and fully scripted. It can be taught by anyone.
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 students about abstract art and the artist, Bruce Gray.
Written for a sub, it may also be taught by 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.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Cows on Parade Art Sub Plans - Middle School and Elementary
You could totally form an art sub lesson around this. I would created cardboard cow templates for the kids to trace and them let them create their own designs inside.
I wrote another post on the topic a few years ago. You can find that one here: HerDabbles blog: Cows on Parade
Monday, April 26, 2021
Directed Drawings for Kindergarten and First Grade
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Paul Klee Idea Emphasizing Shape, Pattern, and Warm and Cool Colors
Check out this lesson at Jamestown Elementary Art Blog.
Paul Klee Idea Emphazing Color and Shape
Another take on this lesson can be found at the blog, Art at Miquon. Ms. Batchelor, at The Miquon School, taught a unit on Klee for multiple grades and this blog post shares the inspirations for that in this blog post. Again, this is a lesson that could be easy enough for anyone to teach with the right resources. This is no cookie-cutter lesson and each drawing is unique.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Art Sub Plans: What to Do When the Lesson is Over
You know subbing is hard. Yikes! We all have witnessed it with our own eyes. The lesson is finished and the sub is there with a class of kids who have nothing else to do. That's a recipe for bad behaviors to flare up
Janine Chen has come up with 50 Quick Activities for When Sub Lessons Run Short. I would suggest that you print out the top five ones you think would work with your students and include them in your sub folder. Some might be new to you. Some are classics. Kids will have fun with them and your sub will love you for it.
Ready Made Activities for Early Finishers
Circle Game - Free Art Worksheet
Early Finishers Art Activity - Create a Dragon in Disguise
One worksheet shows the lightly drawn in outline of a dragon. Around the sides of the paper are sample details that a student may use to create an original cartoon dragon. I have added an additional full page outline of a dragon that could be used. The student will also add details from their imaginations. After they have added all the details, they are directed to add a background and color their drawing. Much more of a creative outlet than a coloring sheet, your students will enjoy working on their own cartoon. This is one of those art activities in which every creation is a hit!
Early Finishers Art Activity -Create a Frog in Disguise
Early Finishers Art Activity- Lego Character
Early Finishers Art Activity - Red Riding Hood
Early Finishers Art Activity - Trolls
Friday, March 5, 2021
Imaginary and Magical Creatures - St. Patrick's Day Art
When you can be picky about who subs for you, I would request one that could use a DVD player or computer if I wanted to show a video. If you know you couldn't get that picky, find a picture book with leprechauns or about St. Patrick's Day.
When I teach this lesson or leave it for a sub, I love to show one of the old Reading Rainbow videos about St. Patrick's Day to go with it. You might be lucky enough to have it; find it to buy, or find it on YouTube. There are other resources you can use too, though. As of today, here's a YouTube video for the reading of "How to Catch a Leprechaun" on the Happy Cultivated channel. If you have access to the book itself, it is a good one to go with this lesson. (If you go with a video, always preview it first.)
-black pens, if they know how to use them properly OR pencils
-a book or video about leprechauns or magical creatures
Dear Sub, Thank you so much for coming in today. You will be teaching kindergarten through fifth grade and my classes are all 55 minutes long.
I expect the children to work with a minimum of noise. Whispering might be okay but loud play isn't okay. Use your own judgment on what you will accept. If the whole class does not respect the noise level, you can have them put their heads down for a couple of minutes. This usually takes care of the problem when it does happen.
The lessons for today show the theme of St. Patrick's Day. Ask the students if they know anything about the holiday. Show them the DVD about St. Patrick's Day. It is already in the DVD player under the projector. (Press the red button on the projector once. Press the play button on the DVD player. To turn off the projector, press the red button slowly two times.)
Ask them to tell you about the magical creatures they saw in the video. What did they look like? What did they do? Have them talk about their magic. What was at the end of the rainbow?
Since magical creatures are imaginary, we could invent our own lucky creatures. It could be an animal. It could look like a person. It could have wings. It could be a magic genie. What color would it be? What magic could they do? Would they have treasure? Where would their treasure be? Would they be like a dragon? Would they be a magic horse or some other animal?
Think up a lucky creature that you would like to find. Draw your magical lucky creatures and show what magic they could do. You might have a lot of lucky creatures that live together.
Send three at a time to the taller tables and two to the shorter ones. Pick one student from each table to get supplies. They should get the following:
crayons (in the blue boxes)
paper (they should line up in front of you and tell you how many sheets they need for their table)
They should begin by writing their name and class codes on their papers. They will draw and color what they would like to happen on their lucky day. Remind them to work hard and use their imaginations.
As students start to finish, you can start playing the videos on the disk related to St. Patrick's Day. Students who are finished can watch the videos. Ones who want to continue to work on their artwork may do that as well.
They may watch that until the end of class or you can have the children bring their artwork to you....and you show the art, one at a time, to the class. Students should clap for each other when you show each picture. (Remind them to clap for everyone!)
At the time for the end of class, line the children up to wait for their teacher.
If you would like to leave a worksheet activity that your sub could use with this lesson, check out this activity in my TPT shop: Create a Leprechaun in Disguise It is great for early finishers.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Recycled Crayons as the Main Medium - Kindergarten
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
2 Valentine Art Sub Lesson Plans
Upper Elementary, Middle School or High School
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Kindergarten Art Sub Plans
Chinese New Year Video
Reviews of My Lesson on TPTHere are some reviews of this lesson: "I think this is a colorful and detailed resource that I can use or have for a sub to use. I have a book of poems called The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky that will be an additional resource to integrate with this lesson."
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Elementary and Middle School Art Lessons about Black ArtistsIn my search for art sub plans that could be taught for Black History Month, I found 15 that I think would work really well. Some are written out as lesson plans; some are art lessons via video, and some are biographies that would be great starting points for a lesson.
@Detroit Institute of Arts. Click here to see this video: Kehinde Wiley
I always like teaching art history as a part of my regular art lessons, so teaching black artists during Black History Month is a no brainer. Here are some fully prepared lesson plans in my TPT shop. They were created with an art sub in mind but could be taught by anyone.
Nick Cave - Art Sub Lesson @TPT Shop: Art Sub Lessons
This lesson includes many photos of Nick Caves's wonderful "soundsuits"; sample student drawings; a sample pattern sheet; templates for those who need it; a teacher script including directions, questions, and information about each slide. This could be taught by anyone.
Reggie Laurent - Art Sub Lesson @TPT Shop: Art Sub Lessons
This no-prep lesson was written so that it could be taught by art subs, but it could also be taught by art teachers, classroom teachers, and homeschool parents. Key topics include abstract art, organic, shapes, geometric shapes, and the art of Reggie Laurent. The materials needed are simple: paper and either crayon or marker. All directions for teachers and students are included.
Faith Ringgold - Art Lesson @TPT Shop: Art Sub Lessons
This kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade art lesson is based on Faith Ringgold's, Tar Beach, which is a great read for Black History Month. (The book is not included.) This lesson uses simple materials; pencil, paper, and crayons. It can be taught by anyone, as it is fully scripted. It includes questions and directions too. This is aimed at primary-aged students.
Click here if you want to look at my whole shop: Art Sub Lessons
Black History Month Art Lessons from Museums
Aaron Douglas @The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum has two lessons based on the silhouette art of Aaron Douglas. They have a lesson for elementary students plus included one for preschoolers! (That's a rarity!) Also, they provide a video on the artist. You will find all three things here: Aaron Douglas Inspired Silhouette
Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Alma Thomas @The National Gallery of Art
This is a nice resource from the National Gallery of Art. It has lesson plans for all ages as well as downloadable materials. It includes lessons on Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Alma Thomas. (Some of the lessons are presented as painting lessons but could be adapted for drawing. If you are leaving a lesson for a sub, you RARELY would want to leave a painting lesson!!!)
Here is a link to