Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Confession: I hate to teach weaving. It just seems so. . . tedious to me. I hated it when I was a kid; I'm impatient and weaving takes time. Yet, everywhere I've ever taught, weaving is non-negotiable. It is literally specified by the standards that weaving is a required skill. In my opinion, this seems a… Continue reading Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Ever had an idea marinating in your brain so intensely that you didn't rest while you slept; your brain was just working too hard? Today, I woke up and immediately knew that I had a solution to my "how to I combine fractions, Makey Makey, Scratch, and art" question. Also, my brain was super tired… Continue reading Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students

I'm going kinda nuts for this Makey Makey thing.I work in close proximity to subject-area coordinators for general education subjects. Lately, I've been challenging myself to integrate the arts with Science and Math. Visual Art teachers are usually eager to integrate (art isn't created in a vacuum and all of that), but it is often… Continue reading Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students

Mandalas and Sacred Geometry for Middle and High Schoolers

Mandalas are an art form made by pretty much every culture. I like to integrate mandalas alongside sacred geometry into middle (and even high school) curriculum, as the Social Studies standards almost always highlight societies, cultures, and/or religions that feature mandalas and sacred geometry (Buddhism, Hinduism, medieval Christianity, and Islam).Here is one of the ways… Continue reading Mandalas and Sacred Geometry for Middle and High Schoolers

Elementary Art Lesson Plan: "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray" by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols

I was over-the-moon excited when I realized that one of my favorite authors, Dave Eggers, was writing a children's book. I was even more excited when I realized it was about my new hometown-adjacent, San Francisco. The book, entitled This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, tells the history of the building and painting of the… Continue reading Elementary Art Lesson Plan: "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray" by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols