Art Sub Lessons and Binder Info




Looking for an easy way to prepare for a sub? This is it! Get your art sub plans organized so that any substitute teacher could walk in with little notice and teach a successful elementary art lesson. You’ll get everything you need to set up an Art Sub Binder with helpful information for your sub and 10 easy lesson plans that students will enjoy, and you’ll feel great about!

Imagine preparing for a sub without staying late or waking up sick without the sinking feeling of not having sub plans!!  This is a game-changer! Leave your sub binder on your desk for those times when you have an unexpected absence.


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Here’s a Summary of What You Get:

  • Cover & Divider Pages (21 pages)
  • 10 Lessons (33 pages)
  • Table of Contents (1 page)
  • Checklists (2 pages)
  • Png files – Blanks (7 pages)
  • Editable Pages (8 pages)

>>>> A total of 72 pages!


What You Get in More Detail: 

This packet will help you customize and organize your sub-binder using the following items:

2 cover sheets and 5 divider pages to organize your sub binder (in 3 style choices). The divider pages are the following categories:

  • The Cover “Sub Binder”
  • Schedules
  • Sub Lessons
  • Emergency Information
  • Helpful Information
  • Art Room Information

>>>>> A Total of 21 pages of Cover and Divider page choices


A checklist of things to include in a “Sub Binder” with helpful hints. (2 pages)


Table of contents for the lessons with thumbnail images of the artwork (to make picking a lesson easier for the sub). (1 page)


Instruction pages for 10 easy lessons. The one-page instruction sheets for each sub plan includes a description, a small image of the finished art, vocabulary words and definitions,  a list of supplies needed, step-by-step instructions.  (33 pages)


I’ve also included a folder of lessons with the “British Spelling” of several words at no additional charge. (colour, favourite, and centre)


All of the pages listed above are in PDF format and NOT EDITABLE.  You will, however, also get a folder of png files that will give you a blank cover in each of the 3 styles, plus a blank lesson page and blank watercolor pages.  You can put the png files in your own software and use text boxes to add your own information.  (7 pages)

>>>>> A Total of 43 pages of lessons and tips (non-editable)


7 Editable documents that include:

  •      Procedures (2 pages)
  •      Daily Schedule (1 page)
  •      Weekly Schedule (1 page)
  •      Art Room Map (1 page) **Google Draw only
  •      Note to Sub (1 page)
  •      Table of Contents (1 page)
  •      Sub Report (1 page)

>>>>> A Total of 8 editable pages


I’ve made 6 of the documents listed above in Rich Text Format, so they are fully editable. Those 6 documents are also available in Google Docs (links are provided).

**The map of the art room is available in Google Draw only.


Plus png files so you can make your own dividers and lessons to add to the binder.

>>>>>  A Total of 7 png files


>>>> A GRAND TOTAL OF 72 pages!


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What happy teachers are saying:


This resource is a LIFE SAVER for art teachers! It makes having a sub so easy (never thought I could say that). Whenever I know I’ll be out I just leave the binder on my desk it’s ready. I’ve even had a sub tell me that it was the easiest class they’ve subbed for because of how easy the plans were to follow and the students enjoyed them!

– The Good Artroom


All are really easy to follow and only use paper and drawing materials. For these lessons, you’ll need to print a class set for students to follow along. A few use dice for the drawing games. There’s 10 great lessons but a majority seem for upper elementary. It can be done with lower if the sub does it step by step with the young kids.

– Claudia G.


I can’t believe that for the first time in 20 years will not have scramble the night before OR THE MORNING of an absence! This sub plan resource was the perfect combination of immediately useable and customizable plans! So many times art teacher resources are vague or not usable for a “real” art room. With this sub planning packet I can have a sub without worry- as long as my desk is clean! Thanks!

– Camille F.


You can get the Sub Plans in a money-saving bundle that will Make Teaching Art Easier.


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