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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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

Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Ever had an idea marinating in your brain so intensely that you didn't rest while you slept; your brain was just working too hard? Today, I woke up and immediately knew that I had a solution to my "how to I combine fractions, Makey Makey, Scratch, and art" question. Also, my brain was super tired… Continue reading Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students

I'm going kinda nuts for this Makey Makey thing.I work in close proximity to subject-area coordinators for general education subjects. Lately, I've been challenging myself to integrate the arts with Science and Math. Visual Art teachers are usually eager to integrate (art isn't created in a vacuum and all of that), but it is often… Continue reading Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students

Mandalas and Sacred Geometry for Middle and High Schoolers

Mandalas are an art form made by pretty much every culture. I like to integrate mandalas alongside sacred geometry into middle (and even high school) curriculum, as the Social Studies standards almost always highlight societies, cultures, and/or religions that feature mandalas and sacred geometry (Buddhism, Hinduism, medieval Christianity, and Islam).Here is one of the ways… Continue reading Mandalas and Sacred Geometry for Middle and High Schoolers