How-To Have the Most Engaged Class Ever

I had a revelation this week. Which, you know, is rare. . .This has been a weird quarter.  My students have missed six days of instruction due to snow days, and I missed two additional days due to pre-scheduled professional development.  Due to this loss of instructional time, it has been hard to get the… Continue reading How-To Have the Most Engaged Class Ever

Why I Will Never Charge for My Lesson Plan Ideas (or why sharing is so dern awesome!)

Three years ago, I was still teaching K-12 Art at a private school. During that time, I made a lesson plan post about turning color wheels into hot air balloons. It is one of my more popular posts.An internet Art-teacher friend, Sadie, saw the post. She sent me an emailing saying she was going to… Continue reading Why I Will Never Charge for My Lesson Plan Ideas (or why sharing is so dern awesome!)

Lesson Plan: Doodle Houses for Testing Week

Above is my exemplar inspired by Jeanette Carlstrom's "House in the Hills"Standardized Testing week begins for my school next week and lasts for five days. I'm already feeling bad for the students who will spend at least 1/2 the school day bent over a test. I know when they come to Art they will be… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Doodle Houses for Testing Week

Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Cubist Mojo JojoI have to chalk this one up to Pinterest.Through Pinterest, I came across the artwork of the amazing design firm, WonderBros, whom (among other amazing things) creates cubist superheroes. I knew this would be a great connection to Picasso and cubism for my students.In years past, I’ve planned and taught the requisite cubist… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Creating Picasso-Inspired Cubist Superheroes

Lesson Plan: Black History Month & Creating a Self Portrait Using Text

In just a few days it will be February and Black History Month. It has always been important for me to celebrate Black History Month with my students. I know that sometimes people find celebrating one race for a month disconcerting. . .I've heard people say "Why isn't there [other racial group] History Month?" That… Continue reading Lesson Plan: Black History Month & Creating a Self Portrait Using Text