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How to Save Time and Money as an Art Teacher with Lesson Plan Supplements

How to Save Time and Money as an Art Teacher with Lesson Plan Supplements

Written by:
Evan La Ruffa
Jul 10, 2023

As an Art Teacher, it’s important to be able to save time and money while still providing your students with high quality instruction. Art lesson plan supplements can be a great way to achieve this goal. Especially when they work for various ages, particularly K-12, feature diverse artists, and enrich your development as an educator.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of lesson plan supplements, the different types of supplements available, and how to choose the right one for you and your students, so that you can save time and reclaim some peace of mind.

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The Importance of Art Lesson Plan Supplements

Lesson plan supplements are materials that can be used to supplement a lesson plan. They can include printables, online resources, or pre-made lesson plans. Often times arts teachers start from scratch and create the entire lesson plan, which is amazing and admirable!

But sometimes, trusting a reliable resource can save the time you would otherwise spend building from the first block. At IPaintMyMind, we take pride in the art lesson plans we provide for K-12 Art Teachers, for precisely that reason!

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How do Lesson Plan Supplements Save Time and Money?

Lesson plan supplements save time by providing ready-made materials that can be used in a lesson or which include lesson plans themselves. Lesson plans with worksheets are particularly helpful because you can get students engaged immediately. They also save money by eliminating the need to purchase separate materials for each lesson, particularly when they are scaffolded or adaptable to various age ranges.

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Different Types of Art Lesson Plan Supplements

Printables are a great way to add some variety to your lessons without spending a lot of time or money. There are a ton of free printables available online through outlets like Teachers Pay Teachers, or you can buy packs of them at teacher supply stores, or from a few nonprofits online. 

Just make sure to choose ones that are high-quality, are appropriate for your students’ skill level, and which are tied to National Core Arts Standards, or some other relevant certification.

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Online Resources

There are also a lot of great online resources that you can use to supplement your lesson plans. Websites like Education.com and Scholastic have tons of free resources that you can use, and there are also many paid subscription sites that offer even more options.

If you’re really short on time or just want some extra help, there are also many pre-made lesson plans available online and in teacher resource books. These can be a great option, but be sure to preview the plans before using them to make sure they fit your needs. You may also want to adapt them to better fit your students or teaching style.

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How to Choose the Right Lesson Plan Supplement for You

Do you prefer to be very hands-on with your students, or do you prefer to give them more independence? Do you like to move quickly through material, or do you like to linger on each concept? Your teaching style will help you determine what kind of lesson plan supplement will work best for you.

If you prefer a more hands-on approach, then printables might be the way to go. Printables are great because you can easily customize them to fit your needs – if you need an extra worksheet on a particular concept, just print one off! Plus, they’re usually pretty inexpensive (or even free). However, if you’re short on time, they can take a while to prepare.

If you prefer a more independent approach, online resources might be the way to go. 

This is where The IPaintMyMind Art Lesson Plan Book (K-12 | 2023-2024) could be the perfect solution. It allows you to pick from our diverse artist list, then select a lesson plan from the corresponding age range, and get your students engaged immediately with the worksheet we provide after every one.

Since it has age-specific lesson plans and worksheets for each level, our lesson plan book means diverse arttists fuel the way you customize each lesson! Super cool.

There are tons of great websites out there that offer high-quality lesson plans and materials – all for free! However, it can sometimes be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for online. Feel free to each out to the Arts Education Team here at IPaintMyMind if you have any questions at ideas@ipaintmymind.org.

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At the end of the day…

If you’re an art teacher looking for ways to save time and money, lesson plan supplements are a great option. These supplements can help you create engaging and effective lessons without spending hours on planning and preparation. 

There are a variety of different types of lesson plan supplements available, including The IPaintMyMind Art Lesson Plan Book (K-12 | 2023-2024) that can really support Art Teachers while streamlining their lesson planning. 

With careful selection, you can find the perfect supplements to help you teach amazing art lessons without breaking the bank or spending every night and weekend digging deep to build new lesson plans from scratch.

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Written by:
Evan La Ruffa
Jul 10, 2023