Also, in my classroom, I have containers of markers, containers of colored
pencils, and containers of crayons that the students can use at any time. I
try to come up with ideas that the students will enjoy working on that use
only markers, colored pencils, or crayons. My students LOVE to use colored
pencils and/or markers...so it's a treat for them to have a lesson that uses
I teach middle school and I find that my students work better the "first
day" of a lesson...so I leave something new or different from what they've
been working on to make sure that the sub has an "easy day". Plus, I leave
a standard list of "do's and don'ts" for my classroom, so the teacher will
know exactly what I allow. Kids will tell a sub "anything". This list is
in my computer...at school and at home...and I can print at a moments
notice...plus I also have a copy in an emergency folder at school.
Usually I find that when students are told to "draw anything they want", it
usually ends up being their name or their name and someone else's name.
Here's one idea that is easy and one that my students like to do....
++++I keep a box full of assorted objects and odd sizes of paper left over
from other projects. My students are grouped together...so each group can
select several objects, set up a small still life any way they like, and
they all draw it. I always set a minimum number of objects they MUST use.
Some of their setups get pretty comical sometimes. They try to see how high
they can stack the objects. When they do this, they use paper sized for
this...I have saved strips of paper that was cut off when we used other odd
sizes of paper. I have paper cut 6" x 18" and 9"x24", etc. Sometimes
they try to come up with the most UNUSUAL set up. When they do it
themselves, they enjoy it more...or at least they can't complain about it,
since THEY set it up.
Once they finish their drawings, there's a lot of things you can have them
do to the drawing.
+They can just color with markers, colored pencils, or crayons as is or as
+You can set objectives to review other lessons/concepts you've previously
covered...warm/cool colors, analogous colors, value, etc.
+They could do in black and white and add decorative patterns to the shapes.
+They can divide the drawing into 4 equal (or unequal) parts and different
color schemes applied to each section.
+use straight lines only to create value.
+use markers in a stippling method.
....and the list goes on....
E. B. Frink Middle School