Aug 31, 2015

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Help! I’m the Only Art Teacher in my PLC!

Help! I’m the Only Art Teacher in my PLC!

The start of a new school year means the start of new Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for many of us. If you’re lucky, you will be able to meet with like-minded art educators and focus on similar goals. However, many art teachers face a different reality. Art teachers everywhere are expected to participate in PLCs but aren’t able to meet with anyone in their...

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Aug 28, 2015

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5 Student-Friendly Photo Apps You Should Try This ...

5 Student-Friendly Photo Apps You Should Try This Year

Did you take a photography class in college? If you are like me, that means you spent a lot of time in a darkroom trying to get a perfect image. Needless to say, photography has changed a lot in the last few years. I would never consider teaching my middle school students how to develop film, but with all the digital photo apps available, I love using photography in my...

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Aug 27, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 12: “Art Teachers and the ...

AOE LIVE: Episode 12: “Art Teachers and the Creative Revolution” with Cindy Foley

  AOE Live is back with Cindy Foley, Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. She was the keynote speaker at the AOE Summer Conference, and you may also know her from her incredible TED talk entitled “Teaching Art or Teaching to Think Like an Artist?” She will talk to the guys about how art teachers hold the keys...

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Aug 27, 2015

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Transform Your Art Room by Assigning 3 Projects at...

Transform Your Art Room by Assigning 3 Projects at Once

When I presented on classroom culture and classroom management at last month’s AOE Summer Online Conference, I mentioned how I like to have three projects going at the same time in my classroom. This practice does a lot for me. It keeps my kids busy and eliminates a lot of my smaller classroom management problems. I got more questions about this small section of my talk than...

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Aug 27, 2015

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Capodimonte Inspired Clay Roses: Free Lesson Plan ...

Capodimonte Inspired Clay Roses: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Clay construction Art History: Capodimonte Porcelain * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Parents love getting flowers. Parents really love getting flowers that never fade and were handmade by their children. Art teachers love using up leftover clay. Therefore, this lesson is...

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Aug 26, 2015

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Need More Sinks? Try One of These 5 Practical Solu...

Need More Sinks? Try One of These 5 Practical Solutions

    My school was built in the 1980s, a decade where the idea of washing your hands after a messy art project must have slipped many architect’s minds. Since my art room was used as an elementary science lab for most of its existence, the need for multiple sinks just wasn’t necessary. Friends, that is no longer the case. You can’t just give twenty-four...

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Aug 25, 2015

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12 Ways To Make the Beginning of Your School Year ...

12 Ways To Make the Beginning of Your School Year Run Smoothly

    The beginning of the school year can be a hectic, exhausting, and exhilarating time. I’ve found having a plan and checklist of sorts has been helpful to keep my head from spinning. I am less overwhelmed when things seem to run smoothly. So, today I’ve gathered 12 things for you to check off your list. By no means is my list exhaustive, so add your own tips...

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Aug 25, 2015

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21 Media Resources to Use in Your Elementary or Mi...

21 Media Resources to Use in Your Elementary or Middle School Art Room

Weeding through art catalogs and the web to find quality media for your classroom is a daunting task. That’s why we’ve done it for you! We asked our helpful FB fans along with the AOE staff to tell us what DVDs, video clips, and websites they use to bring visual media into their classrooms. We ended up with 21 fantastic resources for you to consider. NOTE: ALWAYS...

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Aug 24, 2015

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4 Tips for Fostering Authentic Art Experiences in ...

4 Tips for Fostering Authentic Art Experiences in the Classroom

Recently, I’ve been hearing the term “authentic art” used in the art ed world more and more. People talk of “authentic art experiences” and about how specific pedagogies are designed for authenticity. The concept of authentic art signifies an important idea in art education that has broad implications for how we teach and what we want students to learn. So, what does...

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Aug 24, 2015

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Gaining the Confidence to Lead Your Art Department

Gaining the Confidence to Lead Your Art Department

  You’re the leader of your art department. Now what?   Maybe it was a coveted position you interviewed for and scored. Perhaps you volunteered with a group of like-minded colleagues. Maybe you were assigned the role. No matter how it happened, this year you are charged with leading your art department. You are The Facilitator. I am proud of you. As the leader of...

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Aug 21, 2015

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5 Overlooked Certification Programs for Art Teache...

5 Overlooked Certification Programs for Art Teachers

    There is a stark reality that many art teachers, unfortunately, face– that of the teacher whose program is marginalized. It’s always a little cut here, a little cut there. It seems that as specialized teachers we spend too much of our time justifying our own existence. It’s often the arts programs that are first on the chopping block when times get...

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Aug 20, 2015

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35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of M...

35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of Math and Art

    Cross-curricular connections are a phenomenal way to help our students develop deeper knowledge. Real life isn’t compartmentalized into just math, just reading, just science, or just art. It’s an intricate collection and balance of all practices and knowledge. We can lead our students through processes that allow these connections to form naturally! One of the...

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