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

Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Confession: I hate to teach weaving. It just seems so. . . tedious to me. I hated it when I was a kid; I'm impatient and weaving takes time. Yet, everywhere I've ever taught, weaving is non-negotiable. It is literally specified by the standards that weaving is a required skill. In my opinion, this seems a… Continue reading Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Urban Cityscapes Inspired by Room 9: Art!

Have you ever done a project simply based on the materials you had on hand and fallen in love with the results?  I have.I posted previously about these incredible cityscapes by Room 9: Art! In my mind, the cityscapes are not only beautiful; they use easily found resources. I'm bowled over by this ingenious project… Continue reading Urban Cityscapes Inspired by Room 9: Art!

Modification, Differentiation, Adaptation and the Art Classroom

Today, teaching in the diverse environment that we do, thinking concretely about modification, differentiation, and adaptation is vital. Currently, I work in a Title I environment and my students represent an amazing range of abilities, disabilities, behaviors, and circumstances. Yet, there are a few commonalities. For many of my students, for a variety of reasons,… Continue reading Modification, Differentiation, Adaptation and the Art Classroom

Lesson Plan, Kandinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Non-Objective Art

Welcome back to a new school year! Last year, I started a feature called "Lesson Plan Wednesday." This year a I have a new job, in a new town, with new students! The nature of how I will be teaching this year is changing how lesson plans will be posted during the school year. I… Continue reading Lesson Plan, Kandinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Non-Objective Art

Lesson Plan Wednesdays: Mr. Senecio

This week's Lesson Plan Wednesday is Mr. Senecio. Who doesn't love a great project about Paul Klee?!. I would suggest this project for Kindergartne/1st grade students (I prefer Kindergarten). This is a great way to review shape recognition AND to allow student an opportunity to play and discover color with paint. My Kinders really enjoyed… Continue reading Lesson Plan Wednesdays: Mr. Senecio

Lesson Plan Wednesday: Origami Village Dioramas

This week's Lesson Plan Wednesday is Origami Village Dioramas. I would suggest this project for 5th grade or older (my 5th graders do this). This is a lesson I modified from Blick Art Materials based on the supplies I have available in my classroom. I like this project a lot because it incorporates origami, sculpture,… Continue reading Lesson Plan Wednesday: Origami Village Dioramas