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, [...]

The Elements of Art Anchor Charts

By | 2017-08-08T12:45:23+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

One of the easiest ways to access the arts in the classroom is through the Elements of Art, Music, Drama, Design and Dance.  Each art form has a set of basic elements that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. What's [...]

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 [...]

Educator as Artist

By | 2017-06-30T10:13:54+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

“Oh, you are going to the Kusama Infinity Room at the Hirshorn this weekend?” “I wish I could go visit- I’ve been bringing up that art in my artful thinking routines all week but I’m stuck under a pile [...]

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 [...]

School Spotlight: Fundraising with STEAM

By | 2017-06-09T10:15:42+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

As most of us know, schools often need fundraisers throughout the year to support various programs and purchase much needed supplies for their classrooms.  These typically involve parents selling various candles, bags and wrapping paper to help support the [...]

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 [...]

The Power of Letting Go

By | 2017-06-09T10:26:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

A mentor of my mine always said, “Be the guide by their side, not the sage on the stage.”  I never quite realized what she was saying until I became a “well-seasoned teacher”.  And by that, I mean, old [...]

How to Cultivate a Mindful Classroom

By | 2017-06-09T10:27:01+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Have you ever thought about combining yoga with arts integration?  Mary Kay Connerton has done just that with her Stretch Your Wellness curriculum for schools.  Mary Kay and I worked together in the language arts department at an arts [...]

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 [...]