Last year, I designed a STEAM lesson wherein students build a kaleidoscope. I liked the lesson, but felt it could be more rigorous. While looking at the art of Yayoi Kusama it occurred to me that there is a natural connection between kaleidoscopes and her work. And, thus, this lesson was reborn (and I think… Continue reading Kaleidoscopes Inspired by Yayoi Kusama: A STEAM Project with adaptations for PK – 4th Grades
Teachers. We can't help ourselves. We begin summer with the best of intentions for rest and self-care. . .And, then spend a lot of it planning for the next school-year. Whether 2019-2020 is your first year in the classroom or your 30th year, I've tips, tricks, resources, and links sure to help you plan for… Continue reading Kicking Off an Awesome Year in the Art Room
Building a kaleidoscope is SO easy! It's also a great way to study reflection, rotation, engineering, line, shape, and color. Here are some easy steps to create (cheap and easy) kaleidoscopes with Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grade students.
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.