African American History Month Art : Digitally Edited African American Art

My students used a variety of photo editing apps in order to complete this assignment. For Black History Month, they each downloaded several photographs and had to edit each one with a different app. Click down on the bottom on the page for the lesson plan instructions


I was able to put them all together in this video which was shown on the local news as well. Check out this YouTube playlist for the whole project:



Teaching art & #videogames w/ @GamestarMech Day1 #artsed #gbl #lessonplan

Gamestar Mechanic is an excellent tool that allows students to play, learn and create video games. 


One of the most important parts of game design is down to its basic concepts of RULES. On Day 1 of the lesson, we discuss why rules are so important. As they set up their accounts, we play a few familiar activites to get them used to rules: 

Musical Chairs &

Red Light, Green Light 1-2-3


If you want to start using Gamestar Mechanic in your classroom, you can view/modify my Prezi Lesson Plan below, or check out more stuff that I have created on a recent Gamestar Mechanic post including videos and student samples by clicking the link


hey @cutblog @ArtIsEd @NAEA chk it: BWMS Medieval Fashion Show- students make newspaper/duct tape costumes #k12 #artsed #lessonplan a performance #myr #horry

My students worked together to design costumes based off of Medieval fashions while maintaining  a balance team work and problem solving.

The film shows the BWMS Medieval Fashion Show at Black Water Middle School as a showcase of work from my seventh grade art students.There are also photomontages of the groups workng together to form their costumes.

This video is a master collection from all of the footage of IPad, Flips and the digital cameras to help give some insight of all the work involved in this project. This is the best of the best.


I have been documentating my students’ progress for several weeks, so I have a FEW of those pics arranged into a Picasa slideshow below:


I also have a combined these pics into a Picasa movie





  • I also have created an embeddable lesson plan that you can use with your students. It basically utilizes teamwork and problem solving to create wearable works of art. 
  • And here are just a few other pics that you can chek out in the image gallery
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chk it @NAEA @Think360Arts @TADartists 8th grade Pop Art work & tiedye #lessonplan in #myr #artsed

After watching the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film, my 8th graders at Black Water Middle School learned about the Pop Artist Peter Max. 


In the past, I have had my students draw contour sketches of bodies and fill them in, but the students seem to find it more engaging when they can do a life size sketch and fill in a total of twenty-four patterns inside the body. Unfortunately, I was low on paint this year to let them color in bodies. 


There were also a few students that were able to bring in their own white t-shirt that could by tie dyed, and show off inspiration of 1960’s culture. All the while listening to the greatest hits of the 1960’s such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Motown.

You can check out the lesson plan here, whether attached as a PPT file (modified from a great lesson I found on the Incredible Art Department) or you can view the embedded Google Docs presentation as well:


FINALLY, check out some of their completed works below











BWMS 8th grade student gallery Still life #sketches & WPA art #lessonplan #artsed #horry

To help the students get a firm grasp on form, value and contrast, Mr. Doublet and I set up some still life stations and allowed the students to work with charcoal and graphite. 


We were really pleased with the work that the students came up with. I only wish we had more time to spend with them on working with the carcoal so they could independently create more forms and values on their figures based on the Works Progress Administration / People at Work lesson plan which can be found below from Google Docs

6th graders Ancient Greek vases w/ crayon etching: student gallery & #lessonplan #artsed #horry #socialstudies


6th graders learned the conept of contrast and variety when they made a crayon scratch work on tag board in the shape of a Grecian vase.


Students had to come up with the basic Greek vase shape, which was a subject they were also learning about in their Social Studies class at the time.


Students then had to put a light layer of crayon down on a piece of tagboard. They would then put a much darker color of crayon on top of it.  


By using our scratch art tools, the students could scratch away some shapes and objects off of the darker shade to create contrast.


I initially got this idea off of the Incredible art department web site, but I have also turned it into a Powerpoint with some Discovery education videos on it 


You can check out my Power Point right here:


I have also a Google Docs presentation of it that you can embed into your site or Edmodo wall to share with your students



Check out some of the work that the kids made