Saturday, March 12, 2016

In the Art Room: Super Star Sub Plans and my NAEA Presentations

Hello, friends! I've been packing and preparing for my upcoming trip to Chicago for NAEA and I'm so excited. While I do love me some art teacherin' conferencing, I don't love the multi-day sub plan preppin' it entails. The subs I've lined up are super-fab and I know they will have fun creating with the kids. However, they aren't art teachers by trade so I do like to have sub plans that are not only easy for them to follow but ones they can do with all my classes. This means less confusion for them and less supply prep for me! I think I've come up with a plan and I thought I'd share it with y'all in case you wanna use it too.
It's an autobiographical three-dimensional star! Our school-wide art show is coming up and I love to have the kids do a little writing about themselves. What better way to let their star's shine than with this fun project? 
I mean, check out that three-dimensional star, y'all! I created both a sub video AND a photographed step-by-step. This way, if technology-town decides to be uncooperative, my sub-o can use the visuals. I'm printing each of the following photos with directions and plan to have them posted for both the students and the sub to refer to. But, before I get to all that...LET'S TALK ABOUT NAEA 2016! 
I'll be presenting a handful of times and meeting y'all at the AOE "Meet the Bloggers" event! Here are the deets...

* "Come Blog with Us - Three Art Ed Bloggers Share Tips" 
Thursday, March 17th // 12 - 12:50pm
McCormick Place, North Building, N426c, Level 4
A presentation I'll be doing with some of my fave bloggy friends, Laura Lohmann and Phyllis Brown! Thursday, March 17th // 12 - 12:50 // McCormick Place, North Building, N426c, Level 4

* "Dress Like a Masterpiece: Needle Felting Wearable Art!"
Thursday, March 17th // 1:30 - 3:20pm
McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, E272b, Leve 2
PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event. It is currently sold out. Sorry, buddies! 

* "Leaving a Legacy Without Losing Your Mind"
Friday, March 18th // 8- 8:50am 
McCormick Place, North Building, N227a, Level 2
I'm so excited to present with Janine about something we are both passionate about: school-wide collaboratives! For some reason, NAEA has me listed as Cassandra Stephens (which, technically, is my name but I ain't fancy so I never use it!). 

* "Meet Your Fave Art Teacherin' Bloggers!"
I'm super excited to meet y'all and my fave art bloggers! Here are the deets in a super cute graphic that I didn't create (thanks, Alecia and AOE!)...
I'm seriously cannot wait to see/meet/chat/high five all y'all! But until then, let's sort out these subbie plans, shall we? Below is the video I am leaving with the sub. I don't anticipate that she'll get thru the entire lesson while I'm away. However, this will be a super great way for me to ease back into things, what with the kids all working on the same project. I like a mellow-comeback after being gone for a spell, don't you?

Here's a wee list of supplies used in this here art makerin':

* Copy paper cut to a square 8.5" X 8.5"
* Sharpies
* Markers
* 12" X 12" black construction paper
* Metallic markers 
* Glue
* Chalk

This project was inspired by my current obsession with Sly and the Family Stone and the song Everybody is a Star. Take a look-see!
And here's my sub plan video! (By the way, in case this sub plan doesn't suit your fancy, check this one. Also, I'm always sharing video'ed plans here so you might wanna subscribe). Sidenote: I am going to have my sub create a stockpile of these stars for my kindergarten friends and for any kids who have a hard time following the directions. We don't wanna leave any artist behind!
(Please ignore the crazy image...and the fact that I have blue chalk smeared on my cheek for about 1/8th of the video). In case the video isn't the best format for y'all, I also snapped step-by-step photos because I'm such a giver. Here you go!
1. Fold copy paper square in half. 
2. Be sure to press the fold down firmly. 
3. Each corner has been labeled (my apologies for the blurry photo). 
4. Take corner C and bring it to the middle of the line segment between corners A and D. 
It should look like this. Press the fold firmly. 
 5. Then bring D up and fold a small triangle. 
Press firmly.
 It should look like this!
 6. Now bring the left hand side over to the right. 
It might be difficult to fold all of those papers. Be patient with yourself and your paper!
 It should look like this. 
 7. Now, using a pencil, put a dot in the corner of the two angle lines on the left side...
and another dot on the other side just a little below the middle of that line segment. 
 Like this!
 8. Connect the dots with a cut line and...
Snip!
 9. Open it up and you are now the proud owner of a three dimensional star! Congratulations!
10. Now, using a Sharpie, start in the middle of your star and trace each creased line that you made with all of that folding. 
You'll end up with ten sections to your star. Each section you can decorate with a different pattern and design.
 Here are some ideas for you!
 11. Draw your designs in each section. 
12. Use markers to add color. 
13. Once you are finished, place your star in the middle of a piece of black paper and trace it. 
 Your pencil lines will be barely visible and that's perfect!
14. Let's write about what makes us a star! As you write, be sure to hop over the outline of the star. You might want to begin each sentence with "I am a star because..."
 Fill up that whole page!
15. To get your star to pop out, all you have to do is fold along the long lines of the star. 
The long lines of the star should be folded up (that's called a mountain fold) and the short lines of the star should be folded down (that's called a valley fold!). 
16. Add a tiny dot of glue to each tip of the star. 
17. Press each tip of the star and hold for about 10 seconds to get it to stick. 
18. Use chalk to color on your pencil line of the star. 
 Which should look a little like this when you are done. 
19. Use your finger to push the chalk away from the star. 
20. Let's do the same thing to the outside edge of the square! Color... 
Then smear and viola! You are finished and YOU are a STAR!
Art teacherin' friends, I do hope to see y'all real soon! PLEASE feel free to use this lesson. I'd love to see what your kids create. You can always snap a pic and share it on instagram (you can find me here) with the hashtag #everybodyisastar. 
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10 comments:

  1. Hi, Cassie.....Thank you for posting a full sub lesson plan. I hope you don't mind but I posted a link to this blog entry over on my blog for art sub lessons. http://artsublessons.blogspot.com/2016/03/everybody-is-star.html jan

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    1. Awesome! Thank you for resharing :)

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  2. Lovin' this plan!! I am currently subbing for an art teacher in New Hamp-sha and I think my kiddos will love this. I also have a bunch of ELL students so I'm going to do some thinking about how I can support them on this project as well--perhaps have them write in their first language AND english...but it is a beauty!! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to post these detailed plans. You are an inspiration--I hope I see you at the conference! Mrs. P @ http://createartwithme.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay!! See you super soon!! Can't wait :)

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  3. You are so good to us :)

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    1. Dunno about that! See you soon!!

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  4. I am writing my sub plans as we speak. This is fabulous timing! I love your blog and your amazing art teachin' abilities! See you at the NAEA conference!

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  5. Cassie, thanks for sharing!! I was looking for a filler assignment as I prepped for MidTerms this week. I used the assignment exactly the way you wrote it and threw it out to my high school students. THEY HAVE LOVED IT!!! Some of them are telling me this is their favorite piece of art so far. For many of them, the simplicity allowed them to focus on craftsmanship. I was able to push the "I can't do this" kiddos by telling them you teach elementary school and the lesson was designed for them...�� My advanced students saw the pieces from Art1 and wanted to try it too!

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    1. This makes me so happy!! Thank you so much for sharing :) :)

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  6. I am definitely going to use these plans next time I need a sub!

    I want to thank you for the motivational pep talks on Thursday and Friday! I was able to attend the blog session and the legacy session. Terrific as always!

    I started my own blog last year. If you get a chance, stop on by! www.paintonourfingers.weebly.com

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