Found art, shadows, and water painting

The ideas from Katie Morris about end-of-the-year art projects are so wonderfully unique and varied. The chalk murals are my favorite. Each project can so easily be collaborative and adapted for different types of learners. Even if you are not an art teacher, you may want to integrate these inspired projects into studies of nature, […]

FUN FRIDAY: Tactile landscapes

We are over at the Crayola website today with a lesson that could delight your sensory-seeking students. Artistic learners will love it as well. The lesson involves having students analyze different landforms and match them to textured materials (e.g., wax paper to represent waterfalls, sandpaper to represent the desert). Once they decide on a range […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: On-line collages

If you are looking for a quick formative assessment or a way to let your artistic students shine, you have to visit Photovisi. Students simply select a template, drop the photos into place, and print to create their product. Photo collages can be quick alternatives (or supplements) to an essay or quiz. Or for a […]

Choosing art

I love (even adore) the simplicity of today’s post. I am featuring a great site called The Teaching Palette and the idea actually comes from a guest post from art teacher, Kathy Douglas.

What do you remember about the Monet?

I am always looking for ideas for the art, physical education, foreign language, and music teachers because we don’t see enough ideas for these folks and they are too often forgotten in the differentiated instruction literature. This lesson at Kari’s Fun Art Lessons is so simple yet so genius and could really work with many […]

FUN FRIDAY: 3D birds and bees

“Pop in” on the website of artist and author Robert Sabuda and learn about making and using pop-ups in the classroom. Some might be used as an art project but others would fit nicely into literature, science (animals), or social studies (transportation, landforms) lessons. Math teachers might even use pop-ups to teach about shapes and […]

A differentiated art project just in time for Valentine’s Day

See for a quick and easy (and differentiated) lesson plan that can be used to study the work of Georgia O’Keefe or to celebrate Valentine’s Day…or both! Thanks for the lesson’s author, Stephanie Geider, for sharing a plan so perfect for today.

Make maps magnetic

Do you have students who can show you better than they can tell you? Create these simple magnet maps to allow students to answer questions without having to write or explain an answer. Let them show you regions of the United States. Ask them to point to the states, cities, or landmarks you are studying. […]

Art in the park

When Mr. Kristofer’s 2nd-4th graders made still life drawings of leaves, kindergarteners collected leaves to make rubbings. We loved seeing how students of different ages engaged in similar and overlapping lessons on this often-updated elementary education art blog. This activity offers a nice alternative within the same class for students of different abilities. Students can […]

“All about me” for everyone

Anyone in the midst of an “all about me” unit? If so, you will want to visit Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten blog. Not only does she share a whole host of ideas, she includes several photos of the lessons. This unit contains lessons and activities that will speak to every type of learner. She has name […]