This past year, I challenged myself to go back and look and old projects. . .To see if I could do something fresh with them. I get bored of teaching the same projects all the time, and I'm a firm believer that if you are bored, the students are bored. I absolutely adore Eric Carle,… Continue reading The Very Busy Spider Microhabitat
In contemporary society, cultural appropriation is a hot topic. We most commonly hear about cultural appropriation when news sources and/or social media cover a celebrity accused of appropriating culture. But, how often do we/you discuss cultural appropriation outside of celebrity news? Do we even have a firm grasp of the definition of cultural appropriation? And,… Continue reading Eradicating Cultural Appropriation in Art Education
Hey everyone! Welcome to the new-and-improved Artful Artsy Amy! As of this year, Artful Artsy Amy is 10 years old, and the website was due for an overhaul. Now, you can find your favorite Art Education posts and lessons with greater ease by using the menu buttons. You can search for lessons by grade level,… Continue reading Welcome to the New Artful Artsy Amy
I'm SO enjoying the rain we are having in California. . .And, that got me thinking about the insanity of "Rainy Day Recess." Which, in turn, made me think, "What projects could I teach that align to the rain?" Here's an older lesson, not before shared on Artful Artsy Amy, about rain.
If you teach anyone under eight years old, you love (LOVE) Lois Ehlert's picture books. The books relate stories about everyday life (that are often science-related), and use fantastic (and deceptively simple) illustrations full of lines, shapes, and colors to help underline the text. They are great texts for young learners and early readers alike.… Continue reading Growing Vegetable Soup: A Visual Art, Math, & ELA Integrated Lesson
I absolutely love creating and/or personalizing new-to-me Visual Art Integration Lessons; for real. I get so excited when a colleague challenges me to include something new and/or another subject into my practice. I've found that the process of pushing myself to be inclusive of new ideas, subjects, and concepts makes my lessons more interesting, more rigorous,… Continue reading Monsters Love Colors Visual Art Integration Lesson Plan
Critique is vital to the creation of artwork. While we are creating, we are constantly assessing, thinking, revising, formulating, and changing. We are in a near-constant state of critique. Yet, we don't always learn as much from self-critique as the opinion available is our own. Regardless of whether or not we heed it, receiving feedback… Continue reading The Value of Peer Review in Visual Art