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

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Let’s Talk Classroom Management in At-Risk Environments

A particularly fun day! I've come across several blogs/listserv posts in the past few weeks wherein a teacher is describing an incident and following it with "I was so furious! Never in my [years of extensive teaching experience] have I witnessed such behavior!"The described incidents are entities that would never be on my radar. In the… Continue reading Let’s Talk Classroom Management in At-Risk Environments

Lesson Plan: Creating Digital Graffiti

My Digital Graffiti Wall (brick wall "base photo" from here) My students love graffiti; they have been clamoring for me to teach a graffiti unit all year. But, honestly, I've been torn.image from http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/poplar1.htmlPersonally, I adore graffiti. When you look at what artists like Banksy contribute to society, it is hard to ignore the visual… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Creating Digital Graffiti

Common Core Vocabulary for Middle School Visual Arts

During the next school year my school district will be unrolling the Common Core Standards. The mission statement of the Common Core Standards is thus: "The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.… Continue reading Common Core Vocabulary for Middle School Visual Arts

Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Cubist Mojo JojoI have to chalk this one up to Pinterest.Through Pinterest, I came across the artwork of the amazing design firm, WonderBros, whom (among other amazing things) creates cubist superheroes. I knew this would be a great connection to Picasso and cubism for my students.In years past, I’ve planned and taught the requisite cubist… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Lesson Plan: Albrecht Durer and Printmaking (on the cheap)

This is a fabulous lesson plan I stumbled across nearly a decade ago on The Incredible Online Art Department. Over the years, I’ve varied it and seen all sorts of incarnations. This project is recommended for students in 6th grade or older as it makes use of linoleum cutters. However, with modifications like Styrofoam printing… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Albrecht Durer and Printmaking (on the cheap)