About Amy Traggianese

Amy Traggianese is an elementary visual arts educator and has been an art essentialist at a Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School since 2001. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has over 25 years of arts integration experience. Amy specializes in integrating language arts, math, science and technology into the art curriculum. She presents at local and national conferences and at HOT School Summer Institutes. Amy is also an active educator voice on Twitter, helps to facilitate #CTedu on Tuesday nights, and loves to connect with other educators through social media.

Writing… with a digital twist!

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:26+00:00 August 18th, 2016|

All students need strong reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to be able to perform in all curricular areas. This is why arts integration is so awesome! Students can strengthen their English Language Arts skills through the use of [...]

Get Animated with ChatterPix!

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:29+00:00 July 21st, 2016|

Okay, teacher friends: during cleanup time, do your students remember to put the caps on the glue sticks? Do they put them on properly? Do they put them on at all? It seems that I always need to remind [...]

More Worksheets? No. Drawing? Yes!

By | 2017-08-08T12:39:56+00:00 April 21st, 2016|

Let's face it: doing lots of worksheets is just not that exciting for students! Using the arts, you can achieve the same results, or dare I say even better results by practicing skills through art with different, exciting materials. Engaging students helps [...]

Awesome Online Photo Editors

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:42+00:00 March 17th, 2016|

Long ago, well, I guess it really was not that long ago... I bought very expensive photo editing software for my computer every few years. Nowadays, no one has to spend a lot of money to get photo editors, collage [...]

Co-Teaching Arts Integration Lessons

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:44+00:00 February 18th, 2016|

Boy, I've been one very lucky art teacher! I get to co-teach exciting lessons with classroom teachers during nine week arts integration blocks. In our HOT School, these are called HOT Blocks, once a week sessions with lessons designed so [...]

5 Tips for Stop-Motion Videos

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:46+00:00 January 21st, 2016|

If you are like me, you don’t want to wait to learn everything about the technology or apps before you teach your students. Sometimes you have to jump right in and learn it with them! A few years ago [...]

Colorful Arts Integration Ideas

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:51+00:00 December 17th, 2015|

So, you want to do some arts integration with your young students, but don’t know where to start? Do you think you are not creative enough to increase student achievement through the arts? Well, don’t believe that for one minute! [...]

Learning Moon Phases through the Arts!

By | 2016-12-14T14:22:13+00:00 November 19th, 2015|

At the beginning of this school year, I was planning an arts integration period with three fifth grade teachers. In our school, these are once a week sessions we call HOT Blocks. Classes work with their classroom teacher and me for [...]

Is a Rubber Duck Art?

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:57+00:00 October 15th, 2015|

One of my favorite things to do is ask my elementary students, "What is Art?" To start this particular conversation, I actually hold a little rubber duckie in my hand and ask, "Is this art? Why or why not?" and I have the [...]

5 Easy Elementary Art Integration Ideas

By | 2016-10-29T11:35:00+00:00 September 17th, 2015|

With the new school year in full swing, I've been thinking about some tried and true arts integration ideas that are great for student learning and pretty easy to do. Here are some lessons that I co-taught with a classroom teacher [...]

Art + Poetry = Puppet Videos!

By | 2016-10-29T11:35:08+00:00 June 18th, 2015|

Daphne's Carrot How can teachers integrate the arts in ways that strongly reinforce classroom knowledge, and be developmentally appropriate and exciting for students? In our school, we have HOT Blocks, once a week sessions with lessons designed so all students, [...]