I sure hope Eric is doing well. I can't imagine what a difficult time this is
for the two of you.
As far as a sub plan, what about having them make postcards? Cut posterboard
to size (large format, if desired). Draw picture or design on front, and
include a message and address to imaginary person on the back, along with
stamp design. Stress use of creativity in creating the name, address and
message. Make the picture side of the card correlate to message (Example: a
vacation scene from another planet, sent to friend in another galaxy).
Just had my Art I kids do a cartoon assignment (now called sequential art, so
a former student at Pratt informs me) that went over well. Seems like
something middle schoolers would enjoy:
"A Day in the Life of __________________________" (Student's Name)
Create a storyboard using sequential illustrations and gesture drawings. Use
gesture drawings (no stick figures) to illustrate a day in your life. It does
not have to be a school day; It may be a weekend day, holiday, or a special
day in your life. Use all the frames to cover the entire day from the time
get up until you go to bed. Each frame should be a complete drawing with
details, surroundings and shading. You may also include bubble captions.
I had this typed up on the end of a legal sheet of paper and then drew 3 rows
of 4 2x2 inch square frames with 1/4" margin between the rows. If you are
interested in using this I could Fax you a copy if you send me the number.
I'm sure you have been swamped with ideas, probably better than these.If so,
I would love to see what you reaped at a much later date when your life
returns to "normal." I am always scratching for sub plans myself. Let me know
if you can use any more ideas. I left a bunch when I was out 3 years ago
having my daughter I could dig up.
Best of luck to you and Eric.