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

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