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

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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

The Value of Peer Review in Visual Art

Critique is vital to the creation of artwork. While we are creating, we are constantly assessing, thinking, revising, formulating, and changing. We are in a near-constant state of critique. Yet, we don't always learn as much from self-critique as the opinion available is our own. Regardless of whether or not we heed it, receiving feedback… Continue reading The Value of Peer Review in Visual Art

It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans

View All Lessons HereEvery fall, winter, and spring, I host an Arts Integration workshop highlighting the season through integrated Visual Art lessons. I do this for a few reasons. First, a lot of us educators fall (see what I did there) into the habit of engaging in seasonal "craftivities" and forgo real, rigorous Visual Art… Continue reading It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans

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

Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

The beginning of the second half of school (January to May/June) is a wonderful time of year to review and revamp your classroom rules and procedures. All teachers struggle with behavior management from time to time; managing humans is a tough job. One of my favorite (and tried-and-true) methods of behavior management is a behavior… Continue reading Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

Visual Art, Science, & Math Integration: The Bear Snores On

The districts in my county spent the last year determining which new English Language Arts curriculum they wish to adopt. Ultimately, the districts split between two different curricula, each with their own pros and cons. It was exciting to me to witness this process.  As a teacher, I've always assumed that such adoptions were done… Continue reading Visual Art, Science, & Math Integration: The Bear Snores On