Interactive Bulletin Board

I spent quite a lot of time on Pinterest this past summer seeking out new ideas for my classroom.  One of the cool things I found was  interactive bulletin boards.  I must admit I am terrible at maintaining bulletin boards.  It seems like there are so many other things I need to do in a day, week, or semester that my bulletin boards are always neglected.  I needed to find a way to maintain interest, schedule changes, and involve students.  Since students are aware of and sometimes use social media, I chose to divide my bulletin board into three sections.

The first section is dedicated to facebook.  This is where I feature artists we are learning about.  At the beginning of each new semester, I select a few of the fake facebook profiles my students fill out as a “first day of class” survey, too.  Here are some examples of what that looks like:

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The second section is based off of Pinterest – why not?  That is where inspiration struck!

In this section, I pin supplemental information for the lesson / unit we are studying.  Some examples are below.  For 7th grade’s intensive study of color, I included the color wheel and several color schemes for reference.  For 8th grade, our Principles of Art Pinterest board included hints about the functions of each one.

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The third section is home to our twitter feed.

Students are given a writing prompt and they are charged with developing a tweet.  Each tweet must meet the 140 characters-or-less standard for twitter.  Students can add hashtags if they like, and their twitter handles start with the traditional @ symbol.  Some twitter feed prompts focused on: “What is creativity?” and “Why is Art Important?”  I find this to be a great way to integrate writing into my art classroom.

A new twitter feed starts tomorrow as we venture into the world of Graffiti.  Students will be composing tweets based on the concept of public art: “What makes public art good or bad?  Why?”

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(note to self: purple on purple is NOT a good idea)

Having these sections change to suit our current lesson or unit really keeps me on a “schedule.”  I don’t have to stick to a weekly or monthly set up.  And, with 3 sections, I can tackle them one at a time instead of all at once.  The best part, though, is the student interaction.  They are excited to read each others’ tweets and profile pages.  They notice when the artist changes and I can reference those supplemental materials as I teach.

Thanks fellow Pinners!  What great inspiration!!!

NOTE: I do not promote the use of social media without parental supervision / approval.  All references to social media in my classroom are paper-based or “fake.”  Students are not permitted to access these sites in the classroom.


Look what came in the mail!


I am ready to share more letter monsters and number animals with my students!  Supplementing my [borrowed] “Alphabet Friends” lesson plan with these great books and videos from the website really helped the students launch into creating their own original monsters.

Maybe we can raise some money to bring Steve Harpster to our school next year!


Printmaking has always been one of my favorite art processes.  It’s not easy to accomplish in a classroom, though.  You need the tools necessary to perform the process.  Over the course of 5 years and with a little funding assistance (Thank you Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), I have built up a stash of printmaking supplies.  I have also experimented with medium at various grade levels.

One material that was not so successful: Cardboard.  4th grade students tried to make cut-away designs using the open ends of scissors, then peel away the top layer of corrugated cardboard so you could see the inner layer in certain areas.  I didn’t want to provide them with x-acto knives or something similar, but the scissors turned out to be just as dangerous!  NEVER AGAIN!


Since then, I’ve had 6th grade students participate in a collograph workshop whereby they create 3 masters out of: paper, tape, and glue.  They use the same symbol (heart, star, letter, etc.) to discover how the raised surface created by the three mediums can result in different looking prints.  This is a successful lesson that I use year after year.


8th grade students really get into much more detailed work.  I start them off with a foam master featuring their name.  Then we break out the flexicut or EZ-carve material.  I prefer students work with this material over the standard linoleum due to the frequency of accidents.  We have 30 classroom linocutters, 6 plexiglass inkbeds, 6 soft rubber brayers, and 6 barens (one for each table).


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This year, I am excited to announce a collaboration with California University of Pennsylvania’s Printmaking Outreach Program (or P.O.P.)!  Dr. R. Scott Lloyd, the printmaking professor at CALU and I worked together to bring intaglio printmaking into my classroom.  Without a print making press, absorbent papers, and etching scribes, intaglio is impossible to perform in a classroom.  The P.O.P. program provided these things and more!  All I needed was to cut and bevel the acrylic sheets for individual student use.  Thanks to the assistance of the woodshop teacher, we got them finished just in time!

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I wasn’t sure how the students would respond to the project, but they had a blast!  Of course they all wanted to run the press and they took turns, patiently.  It was a great experience for my students and I would do it again!  I’d like to thank Dr. Lloyd for selecting my school to participate.  I can’t wait to see the show!

We love HarpToons!

HarpToons is publishing company created by Steve Harpster.

I came across HarpToons this week when I was looking for a way to freshen up a lesson I’ve been teaching for a while.  The original lesson was shared with me by Mrs. Becky Gartley.  It was titled “Alphabet Friends.”  In the lesson, students warm-up their drawing skills by focusing on facial features, body parts, and props they might use to turn the first letter of their name into an Alphabet Friend.  Once they’ve warmed up, students select the best face, arms, legs, costumes and props for their new creature.  This lesson is always a hit, but I was looking to expand it a little more.  So, after performing a search, I came across HarpTooons.  I love the style Harpster uses: bold lines, easy-to-teach instructions, and recognizable alphabets and numbers.

Steve Harpster shares video demonstrations and provides free speaking engagements (within a 3 hour drive from Cincinnati – too bad for me 😦 I’m just a little too far out of range).  His website was so awesome that I immediately ordered the complete set of drawing books for my classroom!  I used the videos with my 1st grade students this week and they were excited, engaged, and eager for more!  Adding the content from HarpToons will provide a richer learning experience for my students as they embark on creating their own Letter Monsters.

We love HarpToons!  Check it out:


Welcome to Art with Miss Capuzzi!

Hello there!

Welcome to Art with Miss Capuzzi!

My name is Angela Capuzzi.  I teach visual art to Pennsylvania students in grades K-8.  I love seeking out new ideas from other bloggers, pinners, authors, and colleagues.  I think it’s great to share what I come across.  (Getting lost on the internet clicking from one great idea that leads to another… that leads to another… is one of my favorite things.)  That means not all of the information I share on this page will stem from my own original ideas.  But, I will always let you know where I got those ideas and only take credit for what I have independently created.  By sharing our ideas, teachers can build rich learning experiences for their students and I hope you find something here that will benefit you, your students, or your own classroom.

So, stop on by and check out the exciting learning activities we are working on!

We’re getting messy!