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
View All Lessons HereEvery fall, winter, and spring, I host an Arts Integration workshop highlighting the season through integrated Visual Art lessons. I do this for a few reasons. First, a lot of us educators fall (see what I did there) into the habit of engaging in seasonal "craftivities" and forgo real, rigorous Visual Art… Continue reading It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans
Edit 8/27/18 - Since uploading this project, I've had some misgivings about the appropriateness of it. For some students, this project could be especially problematic and/or be triggering. Yet, I do like the process of uploading an image, taking a selfie, editing away the background, and having a new image with yourself in it. The… Continue reading Creating a Mugshot Using Google Slides
One of my most popular posts is the Islamic Stained Glass Project. I love, love, love that project because not only do students deeply enjoy it, the project integrates Visual Art, Math, and Social Studies. I've been going back and reworking "good" ideas to see if I can make them even better by turning them… Continue reading Illuminating Islamic Stained Glass with Sacred Geometry & Parallel Circuits