This art plan requires little to no prep. It was written with an art sub in mind but will work perfectly for art and classroom teachers as well.
When I was a full time art teacher and taught this lesson to my students, they loved it! Kids naturally get excited thinking about gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. Who knew, right? (wink) So now that I am retired and substitute teach in art, I like to teach my old lessons that were sure fire hits.
This one is based off of the idea of the gingerbread man and gingerbread houses. Kids would be happy drawing simply either one of those. But in art class, we want to do more than that. So in this lesson the kids look at pictures of standard kinds of gingerbread creations and then more unique and creative ones. They share their new ideas with each other and then draw them.
As I have taught this lesson, the kids have been highly engaged. As a sub in a class of students who don't know me, engagement is important. As an intro to the lesson, I started with a Speakaboos video on YouTube that I downloaded. It was one with John Krasinski, from The Office, as a narrator. You certainly could also supplement with one of many fun books about the gingerbread man. After that I showed the PowerPoint lesson.
I make my lesssons so that they may be projected as a PowerPoint or printed out and shown to a class close up. Each slide has a script for the sub to read and questions to ask. It it easily taught by any sub, artist or not.
It can be taught any time of year, but certainly has a connection with early winter holidays and decor.
Once you download this lesson, your sub planning is done.
If you liked this lesson, you might also like these worksheets for early finishers.
EarlyFinishers-Create a Nutcracker
EarlyFinishers-Create a Gingerbread House
EarlyFinishers-Create an Elf in Disguise
EarlyFinishers-Create a Reindeer in Disguise