I find art sub plans to be very difficult. I never know what substitute I'm going to get, what their comfort level with art is or if they will follow through with what I've left behind. I've had a few bad experiences where I left behind our project in progress only to return finding that we had to scrap it because the sub had given incorrect directions or not followed through with the plan.
I never want to "waste" that precious hour time that I only get once a week with classes and have struggled with coming up with valid art lessons, geared toward curriculum, 21st century learning, and enjoyable for students and the substitute.
Today, I found success!!!
I had students complete an interactive drawing lesson. Students brainstormed ideas that would involve a simple drawing interacting with the human world in a creative way. They then worked together to take a photograph of their drawing and interaction and upload it to artsonia using the new student upload feature, which I LOVE.
I was inspired by the images from Macacolandia as seen below.
Students LOVED this, they were excited to have an entire art period to develop a drawing and have the opportunity to utilize technology. The best part on my end is the entire lesson was followed via online. I gave the sub instructions to have students grab an iPad and go to my student website, and follow the directions to find the interactive drawing sub plan, as seen below. Kids wrote a brief artist statement and were able to give me instant feedback on the project, which was awesome. Before I even stepped foot back in my classroom I was able to view and approve images, respond to artist statements, and even take a grade for the assignment. Which is fantastic for a traveling art teacher.
Now that I know this works, I think I would start to add in more concepts. For example, if we had just completed a lesson on texture I would ask that they demonstrate three different examples of visual textures in their drawing.
Feel free to use the directions below or the student website and let me know how it goes!
(student examples are at the bottom of the page)
Sub Plan: Interactive Drawings
1. Brainstorm ideas of simple drawings.
(animals, plants, motor vehicles, people, school supplies, etc.)
YOU MAY NOT COPY ANY OF THE EXAMPLES THAT YOU SEE HERE
2. Gather resources to help you draw your idea.
Look at books, magazines, or do an image search.
3. Brainstorm ideas of how your drawing could interact with a real object in a photograph, like the picture to the left. The drawing of a dog is interacting with the hand. (You may NOT show your face in the picture)
4. Draw your drawing on blank white paper. Use only pencil or sharpie marker. No color please. Feel free to cut out images if you think that will make your idea stronger. Think about your composition and how it will also set up in a photograph.
5. Finish your drawing and set up your photo shoot. You might have to gather supplies or ask for a partners assistance. Get an iPad from the cart outside the art room. The ones that Mrs. Sayre's class uses.
6. Open the camera on the iPad and frame your shot. Meaning center your subject matter (your drawing interacting with the object) and take the picture. Take a few if you like, but delete the ones that you will to use after you're finished. You should have one finished photograph saved to the camera roll.
Remember, your face CANNOT be in the photo.
7. Go back to your home screen and open safari.
8. Type in the address: www.artsonia.com/class (it should be bookmarked)
9. Copy and paste the access code from here or type it in to the box on the website.
The access code is: _____________________________
10. Click: LOGIN
11. Find your classroom teacher's name, find your name and click on your name.
12. Click the orange button that says, ADD NEW ARTWORK
13. If your name pops up, click the green button that says, YES THAT"S ME :)
14. Click the orange button that says CAPTURE IMAGE
15. Click the option on the bottom that says CHOOSE EXISTING
16. Click on your Camera Roll
17. Click on your picture
18. Click the green button that says, UPLOAD IMAGE
19. Click the green button that says, ACCEPT
20. Enter a title for your picture. This can be anything you like but should relate to you picture. It can simply be Interactive Drawing if you like.
21. Click the green button, SUBMIT TO TEACHER
22. Complete the questions. Type in complete sentences and SUBMIT TO TEACHER
23. Hit the blue button at the top of the page that says LOG ME OUT
24. Hit the red button at the top of the page that says CLOSE SESSION
25, Yeah, You're all done!
Mrs. Klausa will review your images and award you points based on your completion, composition, and creativity.
ipad art room just wrote an amazing post on this same concept of creative art making. There are dozens of ideas over there that could easily be combined with the concept of kiddos brainstorming, creating, collaborating, and then uploading their final project (possibly all while having a sub!).
Check here for some major inspiration from iPad art room!
I tried to track down the original source of the dog drawing above but could not find it. If you know the source, please pass it on to me. Thanks!
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