Kicking Off an Awesome Year in the Art Room

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

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Welcome to the New Artful Artsy Amy

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

Monsters Love Colors Visual Art Integration Lesson Plan

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┬álessons more interesting, more rigorous,… Continue reading Monsters Love Colors Visual Art Integration Lesson Plan

The Value of Peer Review in Visual Art

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

It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans

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

Creating a Mugshot Using Google Slides

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

Illuminating Islamic Stained Glass with Sacred Geometry & Parallel Circuits

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