The Hero’s Journey: A 2-Point Perspective Digital Art Project

I'm continually impressed with what the Google Suite of tools can do. Just a few years ago, a project of this type would have required serious photo-editing software (Photoshop, Pixlr, or Gimp), and an intermediate-level understanding of that software. But now, due to the increasing function of Google tools, this is an introductory or novice… Continue reading The Hero’s Journey: A 2-Point Perspective Digital Art Project

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Kaleidoscopes Inspired by Yayoi Kusama: A STEAM Project with adaptations for PK – 4th Grades

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

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

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