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*

Cultivating Advanced Art Courses in Middle School

This is my fourth year teaching AC or Advanced Content Art in middle school.  Sometimes, I post about the innate awesome-ness of teaching such courses on my social media, and I’m always touched by the responses of “omg I wish I could teach advanced courses in Art.” Like, omg, you totally can. Imma tell you how… Continue reading Cultivating Advanced Art Courses in Middle School

Google Drive in the K12 Art Classroom

As an incredibly busy person, whose ambitions often run away from her, I'm a huge proponent of working smarter not harder. Honestly, I think just about everyone is a proponent of that. Along the lines of the working smarter vein, I've simply got to talk to about using Google Drive in the Art classroom.I know.… Continue reading Google Drive in the K12 Art Classroom

Stop-Motion Animation Inspiration

Y'all know I'm all about some good ole stop-motion animation, right?Nancy Walkup, editor of SchoolArts Magazine, linked to this incredible stop-motion animation today. All too often, when I'm teaching stop-motion animation, the truly excellent stop-motion-animation-as-art examples are either too inappropriate or too highbrow/aesthetically-irrelevant for my students.This one hits the sweet spot of being incredibly well-done,… Continue reading Stop-Motion Animation Inspiration