The prospect of preparing sub lessons for middle and high school Art classes (also known as relief lessons) can fill a teacher with dread and be perceived as more unpleasant than returning to school while sick. To solve this problem, we have provided a collection of complete one-off Art lessons that can be printed at the click of a button and administered by any relief or substitute teacher, regardless of their background (or lack of) in Art and Design. These tasks require only basic materials and are absent of elaborate procedures, equipment and undue mess. Despite their simplicity, however, the exercises encourage students to practise valuable art-making skills and reinforce prior learning in a fun.
Each lesson in this article will soon link to a substitute lesson plan template that identifies learning objectives, materials required and clear instructions as well as more detailed illustrations and student examples. One-day art lessons can also be used by students who wish to undertake extension activities on their own. It should be noted that these exercises are mostly targeted at middle school and junior high school students, as senior Art students typically continue with existing projects when substitute or relief teachers are present.
Make an origami crane and draw it , as in these examples by Sean Dooley, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design:
Create a sculpture depicting an emotion from paper and then draw it , as in these examples by Year 12 student Jenny Ha, ACG Parnell College:
Explore negative and positive space , as in these artworks by 7th Grade students taught by Larisa Kamp, Calvert School:
Create a tessellation , as in this exercise taught to 5th Grade students by Bradley Hale, Chalker Elementary School:
Use line and tone to create a 3D illusion , as in these examples by 15 year old artist João Carvalho:
Design a building derived from organic form , as in this example by Year 11 student Rhea Maheshwari, ACG Parnell College.