Creating a Mugshot Using Google Slides

Edit 8/27/18 - Since uploading this project, I've had some misgivings about the appropriateness of it. For some students, this project could be especially problematic and/or be triggering. Yet, I do like the process of uploading an image, taking a selfie, editing away the background, and having a new image with yourself in it. The… Continue reading Creating a Mugshot Using Google Slides

Illuminating Islamic Stained Glass with Sacred Geometry & Parallel Circuits

One of my most popular posts is the Islamic Stained Glass Project. I love, love, love that project because not only do students deeply enjoy it, the project integrates Visual Art, Math, and Social Studies. I've been going back and reworking "good" ideas to see if I can make them even better by turning them… Continue reading Illuminating Islamic Stained Glass with Sacred Geometry & Parallel Circuits

Art Integration Master Post

Below, is a master post of almost all (I'm sure I've missed a few) of the art integration projects posted on ArtfulArtsyAmy since 2009.The Bear Snores On (ELA)Anansi the Spider (ELA)Makey Makey Mondrian (Math)This Bridge Will Not be Gray (ELA)Magnetic Slime (STEAM)Animating Plant Life Cycle (Science)Mr. Seahorse (ELA)Weaving Earthworms (Science)Digital Visual Idioms (ELA)Sacred Geometry Buddhist… Continue reading Art Integration Master Post

Refresh Your Lessons: Teaching Perspective in Creative and Engaging Manners

 From this great lesson-plan on Teachers Pay TeachersTeaching perspective. It is the bane of many an Art teacher’s practice. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school the topic of perspective is a common theme in the Art standards of any state. As a group, we seem to have teaching atmospheric perspective down. I see varied, interesting,… Continue reading Refresh Your Lessons: Teaching Perspective in Creative and Engaging Manners

Snowflake Collage Villages and Bringing Joy into the Art Room

My darling sixth graders are just bereft that there are no holiday-themed projects in middle school Art. They are still young enough that, to them, this time of year means tons of holiday-themed craft making at school. . .Only, that is no longer their truth.And, isn’t that kind of sad?  We spend so much time… Continue reading Snowflake Collage Villages and Bringing Joy into the Art Room

Lesson Plan: Islamic Stained Glass Windows

EDIT 02/10/18:  The original online application I recommended to design a mandala is no longer available for free. I found an excellent free substitute called "Mandala Maker Online." In some ways, I like it better. It's simple. The default colors are black and white (easier for printing). Students can choose how many sections for their… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Islamic Stained Glass Windows

The Best ArtEd Medieval Castle STEAM Project in the World*

A pretty castle that was difficult to defend (little to no walls!)Look, let’s not mince words; I heart me some assemblage. Can we glue stuff? Can we tear stuff up? Can we paint it? Can we collaboratively brainstorm? Can we see if it works? Can we just try it? Can we make a mess? Oh,… Continue reading The Best ArtEd Medieval Castle STEAM Project in the World*