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.

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 [...]

Tunnel Books For Arts Integration

By | 2017-06-12T07:55:38+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Looking for an innovative way to introduce foreground, middleground, and background to your students? Want students to be able to create their own stages or settings for written plays? What about bringing Ancient Chinese Landscapes to life by creating [...]

Art Assessment Idea: Visualizing Growth

By | 2017-06-12T08:22:25+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

My students, like all artists, face hurdles when it comes to drawing. When they envision something in their head, they are automatically disappointed when the image on their paper doesn’t reflect their vision perfectly. This disappointment can turn to [...]

STEAM Prank: Rattlesnake Eggs

By | 2017-08-10T10:25:46+00:00 March 24th, 2017|

This April Fool’s Day, add some STEAM to the celebration with a prank that is an exciting mix of the science behind tension/energy, angles in mathematics, visual art, and technology. One year, a mellow student came up to me, [...]