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
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!
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
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
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
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
I have SO enjoyed the give and take of sharing lessons back and forth with all of you. I've continued to write out all of my lesson plans (I've gotten down to a science, y'all!). And man, no my LP library is big. I can't believe how many lessons (that are my own) that I… Continue reading Lesson Plan Wednesday: Color Theory, Op-Art Hands