This art sub plan requires little to no prep. It engages the fantasy/fairy tale mind of elementary students. They look at illustrations of fairy and gnome homes from fairy tales and then looked at the little fairy and gnome homes that people build for fun. They also look at and talk about ones designed by other elementary students. Then, they design their own.
I taught this lesson, as an art sub, to over 800 kindergarten through fifth grade students this winter. The students were highly engaged in the idea and worked hard on their drawings during art time.
When I taught the lesson, I gave the students the option of spending the entire time drawing the details of their picture or drawing and coloring their picture. I had students who preferred to go in either direction and it helped keep their interest level up.
I teach this as a one class lesson when I sub, but it may be extended for a second class. (You could further discuss background and coloring.)
It may be used as a projected PowerPoint or printed out and shown up close to a class of students.
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.
If you are interested in another lesson that has a literacy connection, you might like this lesson: Beyond the Gingerbread Man
If you are interested in other lessons that connect with architecture, you might like these:
A Tree House for Me
A Home with an Onion Dome
James Rizzi's Happiest Houses on Earth