Sep 2, 2014

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When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

A seven year old boy chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. He pointed the pastry and said, “Bang-bang”. The boy was suspended for two days after the school described his actions as a threat.  An eighth grader in Arizona was suspended for five days after he drew a gun on a piece of paper. A father of a kindergartener was arrested after his daughter drew a gun and...

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Sep 1, 2014

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15 Fabulous Ways to Utilize a Document Camera in t...

15 Fabulous Ways to Utilize a Document Camera in the Art Room

  Recently, I heard one of my students ask his friend, “If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you what would you bring?” I started thinking about the question as it applied to my classroom. The thought came to my mind, “What is the one item in my classroom that I absolutely could not do without?” I started surveying my room and realized...

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Aug 29, 2014

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A Look at Graffiti Apps for High School Students

A Look at Graffiti Apps for High School Students

Students like spay paint because it’s fun, fast and absolutely cool. Teachers hate spray paint because it’s smelly, toxic and permanent. In my never ending search to find apps for the iPad, I’ve stumbled across a few that might satisfy the fun and cool factor without jeopardizing anyone’s health or the school walls.   Here is my look at spray paint iPad...

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Aug 28, 2014

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How to Write a Great Essential Question

How to Write a Great Essential Question

  It’s time for a Pop quiz!   Which of these is an essential question for the art room? A. How do the arts reflect values in a culture? B. What common symbols are found in the work of the Lascaux cave painters?   If you answered A, you are right! The question is provocative, open-ended, and challenging which are all characteristics of a great essential...

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Aug 28, 2014

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Bean Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Bean Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Design, Composition Art History: Mosaics, Ancient Greece * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is designed to give students an introduction to the concept of mosaics, along with exposure to new materials.  Students get very excited to use beans as the pieces of the mosaic,...

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Aug 27, 2014

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An Innovative Way to Keep Track of Your Schedule

An Innovative Way to Keep Track of Your Schedule

Art teacher schedules can get crazy. “You mean I only see the second graders every third Tuesday of the month, but I see all the kindergarten classes every Monday? What?!” If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a new or tricky schedule (or by a schedule that’s new AND tricky) you may want to consider arranging your project storage in a way that allows you to...

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Aug 26, 2014

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How to Develop a Unit Using the New Visual Arts St...

How to Develop a Unit Using the New Visual Arts Standards

If you are like most art teachers, your curriculum is driven by the word LESSON. “I found a great new Lesson to teach on Pinterest.”  “This is one of my tried and true lessons I do every year.” “I need a good assessment for the end of this lesson.”  You get the idea! One of the biggest changes you will notice when implementing the New Visual...

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Aug 25, 2014

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10 Things You Should Know About the New Visual Art...

10 Things You Should Know About the New Visual Art Standards

With the release of the New Visual Art Standards this summer, art teachers all over the country are aiming to make sense of this huge change for art education: Where do I start? What does this mean for my teaching? When should I start implementing them? Because looking at everything at once can be overwhelming, I’ve developed this short list to help you decode the...

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Aug 22, 2014

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3 Creative Ways to Explore Color Mixing with Stude...

3 Creative Ways to Explore Color Mixing with Students

I’m betting that when it comes to teaching color mixing, 99% of us, myself included, go straight for the tempera paint. We instruct students to mix the secondaries from the primaries, and then we’re done. There’s nothing wrong with this method, and it certainly is effective, but there are definitely other ways to go about things.   Today I have 3 color mixing activities...

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Aug 21, 2014

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Smashing Faces: Free Lesson Plan Download

Smashing Faces: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Value Art Skills: Photo, Drawing Making Connections: Artist Ana Mendieta * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Do you have a window? Do you have a camera? Do you have students and a teacher willing to look incredibly ridiculous, have that look captured forever, and turned into a drawing...

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Aug 20, 2014

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5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Management Issues La...

5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Management Issues Later

We always have great intentions at the beginning of the year to communicate our routines and expectations for art class. However, with so many classes and so many different routines (pencil sharpening, passing out work, painting clean-up, etc.), it’s easy to be inconsistent with rules or expectations or forget to teach specific routines. These inconsistencies can lead to...

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Aug 19, 2014

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The Best Classroom Management Strategies I Never F...

The Best Classroom Management Strategies I Never Follow

It’s back to school and along with ordering supplies and setting up the room, many art teachers are focusing on classroom management.  These concepts are developed to keep a class running smoothly, avoid unwanted incidents and keep students focused on learning. There are many excellent teacher practices that can be incorporated on day one, but I don’t do many of...

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