About Lauren Hodson

Lauren Hodson is a middle school visual and computer art educator in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a mentor teacher and professional development presenter, Lauren is passionate about creativity and making art accessible for everyone. Her passions in STEAM and Arts Integration are at the root of her goal to collaborate with classroom teachers everywhere.

Looking for the Lonely

By | 2017-11-15T15:07:42+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  It is difficult sometimes to find the time to address the silent thoughts of our students. We are always running around with supplies or putting out fires, not even pausing to take a breath and realize that there [...]

Art Technique: Chalk Landforms

By | 2017-10-27T11:09:52+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Are you looking for a way to freshen up your landform lessons? Maybe you want to dip your toe into the Arts Integration pond, but are looking for something simple to enhance your lesson. Chalk Landforms offer artistic flexibility [...]

Technology Review: Gamestar Mechanic

By | 2017-09-26T11:19:42+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Do you have students or children that enjoy playing video games? Do they dream of one day becoming a video game designer? Do they enjoy learning through interactive game-based techniques? Then try this online training program designed for kids [...]

STEAM Lava Lamps

By | 2017-08-28T09:01:30+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Are you interested in a fun activity that deals with density, intermolecular polarity, and gas? Then I have the thing for you: Do-It-Yourself Lava Lamps! I tried this with my art classes and the results were amazing! The students [...]

Back to School Pep Talk

By | 2017-07-31T07:45:50+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

This is a Back-To-School Pep Talk for the teachers out there who are revving up for yet another school year after taking a well-deserved break. Last year, I wrote an article titled “Back-to-School and Sunday Anxiety” but I wanted [...]

Pick 2 Brainstorming Strategy

By | 2017-07-28T08:40:41+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

Since the beginning of time, people have been brainstorming to combine two seemingly unrelated items in new and creative ways. At one point in our history, either a creative thinker or an accidental inventor, created a wheel. That wheel, [...]

Notans: Arts Integration Idea

By | 2017-06-30T10:24:59+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Notans are perfect for symmetry, problem solving, critical thinking, Elements of Art, and can fit into any content area. You start with just a simple square of paper and it expands into an exciting work of art.  If you're [...]

The Importance of Starting Small

By | 2017-06-29T10:20:17+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Teachers love their summer breaks.  It is a time to relax, recharge, reflect, and for many of us, reboot.  We take the necessary time we need and then begin thinking of the next year.  We may attend a professional [...]

Creative Experience: Sketchbook Challenges

By | 2017-08-08T12:27:52+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Need some new sketchbook ideas?  Try Sketchbook Challenges!  They are perfect for building your students' creative skills in a low-stakes way that can be a personal collection of their own artistic and academic growth. What are sketchbook challenges? They [...]

Insect Art: Chalk and Glue Technique

By | 2017-06-09T10:27:44+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Do you know the difference between a bug and an insect? Is there a difference? What about an insect and an arthropod? What category do caterpillars fall into? Identifying these scientific characteristics can be visualized using this glue and [...]