Glitter Meets Glue
I help classroom, art, and substitute teachers as well as homeschooling parents feel like they’re prepared to teach by offering comprehensive, creative art lessons.
For those that don’t know me, my is Amie Bentley and I’m a 20-year veteran art teacher, graphic designer, and founder of Glitter Meets Glue.
I love designing, whether it be interior, graphic, fashion, etc. I’ve had a life-long love of the arts and enjoy using my fine arts and graphic design background to create engaging art resources my students are delighted by.
I relish in composing fun art games and projects for my students. My primary focus is designing supplemental materials that can be used in general ed classrooms, art rooms, or in homeschooling environments.
So if you’re teaching about Veteran’s Day, an art history lesson about Vincent Van Gogh, or wanting ideas on how to make an easy Halloween art project, Glitter Meets Glue has you covered.
In my spare time, I enjoy oil and watercolor painting, cooking, and anything related to the beach. I love craft beer and chronicling the tales of Roxie, my adventourous little kitty cat. She has many nicknames but the one that has stuck the most is, “Kitty Poopadoo!” She’s truly the center of my world.
Lastly, I’m married to my smart and talented husband, Larry, who can fix anything in a pinch. He has a nickname, too: “Tech Support.” We’ve been together for such a long time that I like to say our love is old enough to get a driver’s license.
Just so you know I didn’t get my degree from a bubblegum machine, I spent the first two years of college going to art school. And honestly? I didn’t love it. I felt like it wasn’t quite right for me. Helping people and showing others how to create things is what I felt I was driven to do.
So I switched gears (and schools) and decided to pursue secondary art education. After graduating and landing my first job, I went back to get a graphic design certification so I could help put my school’s yearbook together. This is where my passion for graphics eventually rolled into Glitter Meets Glue!
Here’s a snapshot of where I spent my time in college:
- Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
- Georgian Court College, B.A. in Secondary Art Education
- U.C.C., Graphic Design Certification
Teaching Experience Beyond the Classroom
During the summer of my first year of teaching, I started my first online business. I parlayed my skills in art, design, and education to create free online tutorial videos.
While I had that business, I was featured in several magazines, books, and websites. And I was even contacted to put together three episodes of a DIY craft show on the DIY Network called, “Uncommon Threads.”
After starting Glitter Meets Glue, I was selected to speak at the 2016 Teachers Pay Teachers conference. I presented a workshop called, “Create Brilliant Covers” where I spoke of my passion of using basic graphics knowledge to create impactful resource covers using best practices. As a result, I was asked to repeat my presentation at the 2017 FLOCK meet-up in Rochester, New York. And I am currently serving on the Advisory Board for Teachers Pay Teachers (2019 – 2020).
So as you see, teaching and learning have been passions of mine that I’ve practiced both in and out of the classroom. I love sharing all that I create with others via Glitter Meets Glue. Nothing gets me more excited than knowing educators all over the world are using my resources in their classrooms.
Teaching Honors & Awards
- Teacher of the Year, 2003
- Rated “highly effective” (Charlotte Danielson model) 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019
- Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher-Author Advisory Board Member (2019 – 2020)