10 Art Sub Lessons that only need a Pencil


No teacher wants to be off school.  You know your students make more progress when you are there and no-one takes care of your materials and room like you do.  In reality, I like to lock everything away and leave work that only needs a pencil.  Having said that, with art being trimmed and trimmed from the curriculum in recent years, every second counts and I still want my students to make progress.  Hopefully, these ready-made lessons will help to reduce your workload! The lesson below all:

  • Come with a lesson plan.
  • Link to commonly taught themes
  • Are tried and tested.
  • Teach valuable skills.
  • Only need a pencil.
  • Are only $3 or £3
  • (Or are much, much less when you subscribe).

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Converse Grid Drawing: Encourage beautiful drawing with this converse grid drawing. Ideal as part of any drawing module or this would make an excellent homework or cover lesson to improve drawing skills. There are two versions of this grid drawing.  One where the grid lines are already in place, and one where your students draw the lines using the little marks on the edge as a guide.

The Circle Game Cover Lesson

The Circle Game: A great art cover or sub lesson. Students think creatively and turn the circles into different drawings on this one-page resource.


Copy the pattern sub lesson

Copy the Pattern: A popular, one page, cover/sub lessons that requires each student to accurately copy the pattern. Includes lesson plan.

Draw faces

Your students will be inspired by the characterful faces in Hogarth’s engravings!  This worksheet and lesson plan asks students to create a page of detailed drawings inspired by the faces they can see on the worksheet.  This is an excellent resource to encourage detailed observational work and will link to many portrait projects.

Drawing Fruit

Drawing Fruit: This drawing fruit worksheet is a must have for natural forms projects.  High-resolution images work well in colour and when photocopied into black and white.  Use it as a sub lesson or integrate it into fruit or natural forms projects.  The accompanying lesson plan is written as a sub lesson and includes a scripted paragraph for a non-specialist.

Drawing Cookies

Drawing Cookies: This excellent drawing cookies sub lesson will be great to have at your fingertips.  The high-resolution images include lots of detail to challenge your students, and let’s face it – drawing cookies is just fun!  The lesson plan includes a script for the non-art-specialist.


Drawing chocolate

Drawing Chocolate: Your students will love drawing these tempting chocolate bars! Click on the image above to see some close-ups of these worksheets.  This comes with a lesson plan suitable for a non-art-specialist.


Skull Grid Drawing

Skull Grid Drawing: Encourage detailed drawing with this skull grid drawing.  It is available as a landscape or portrait page.  This resource includes a lesson plan which is simple enough for a non-art specialist.


Sugar Skulls Cover Lesson

Sugar Skulls: Students copy the detail of the sugar skull and then the mirror image of a sugar skull. Ideal to teach drawing skills and to link with Day of Dead festival units of work.  Of course, it includes a lesson plan.

Drawing Bones

Backbone Drawing: This detailed drawing activity will give your students a challenge and keep them busy.  It comes with a lesson plan which is easy for a non-art-specialist to use.

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