Thursday, March 31, 2016

Autism/Special Ed. - Cardboard Sculpture

Last month, I took a long term sub job for a friend of mine.  Twice a week, kindergarten and first grade age students who have autism, came to art for a half hour each time.  When they arrived, we watched the video from YouTube to "Shake the Sillies Out."  After that we went over to the demonstration table and I showed them how to glue a tower of cardboard shapes.

Early in my art teaching career, a special ed teacher requested that I do a lot of 3D lessons with her students.  She told me that this was something the kids rarely got to experience.  So, I've kept this in mind over my career and tried to incorporate more sculptural experiences in their art classes.       

Before they arrived at the art room, I had chopped up a large corregated box into a variety of shapes.  I had styrofoam trays full of glue.  I also had cut cardboard squares for sculpture bases.

The students dipped the surface of the cardboard shapes into the glue and stacked them upon each other.  They stacked them any way they liked.  Overnight the sculptures dried and the next day the students painted them.


Monday, March 14, 2016

A Home with an Onion Dome ... and Other Buildings

Here is an architecture focused sub lesson that I created and taught recently.




This art lesson focuses on the architecture of onion domes. It talks about the beauty and uniqueness of this architectural element and shows how architects from the past and present have used this element in a variety of ways. It includes such classical structures as the Taj Mahal and St. Basil's Cathedral as well as an avant guarde creation of Hundertwasser. Many other buildings that have onion domes are featured as well.

This lesson was created with an art sub in mind, but could by taught by a classroom teacher or art teacher. As a retired art teacher who subs now for my friends, I want to be able to teach good lessons that engage the students. The lessons that I use when I sub are the ones that I sell here. They are proven to engage students and help them create a work of art that is satisfying and original.

This lesson may be shown in two ways. It may be projected or it may be printed out and shown up close. All the teacher needs to do to teach this lesson is to read the script and ask the questions. All instructions are included.

The materials needed for the student art work are simple: paper, pen or pencil, ruler, and crayons or markers.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hot Air Balloons

A complete sub lesson that includes art history masterpieces; sample work; a complete script with visuals and the guidance to create original drawings.  Big Billowing Balloons

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Emergency Art Sub Lesson - James Rizzi's Happiest Houses on Earth

This is an art history/visual art lesson that is a perfect plan for those days you need a sub lesson plan.   It is a PowerPoint based on the artwork of James Rizzi. It is written to inspire students to create their own pop art building, not to just copy Rizzi's work.


The lesson is fully formed so that all you have to do is project it as a PowerPoint lesson or print it out and show it up close with the students seated nearby.  It can be taught by a sub, an art teacher or a classroom teacher.  No art skills are required in order to teach this.  All of the visuals and demonstrations are already in the PowerPoint. The teacher needs to read the script; ask the questions given; and monitor students. I have included all of the information that I use when I teach the lesson myself.


As a retired art teacher who subs for my friends, I have taught this in kindergarten through grade 5. The students have been enthusiastic and engaged for the entire class period. Everyone has left feeling successful with their work.

Kindergarten Rizzi House

The supplies are simple.  Paper, pencil and crayons.

Check it out at my TeachersPayTeachers shop: Art Sub Lessons.