Apr 17, 2014

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Bead Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Bead Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color, Line, Texture Art Skills: Mosaic Making Connections: Social Studies, Culture, Artist Stephan Wagner * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Using recycled materials to celebrate a culture and send a social message is just the kind of deep and meaningful lesson every student deserves. This lesson plan,...

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Apr 16, 2014

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What Defines Art Teacher Style?

What Defines Art Teacher Style?

After seeing so many (4000 plus!) art teachers in one place at the 2014 NAEA Conference, I really feel like I can spot an art teacher when I see one. A recurring conversation, as we conferenced with all of these creative people, was, “What are the trademarks of the art teacher style?” Although art teachers come in all forms and wear all sorts of things, there seem to be a few...

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Apr 15, 2014

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Paintbrush Sorting Solved!

Paintbrush Sorting Solved!

  Today I’d love to share a cheap, color-coded system to store your paintbrushes. The system is also student-friendly and will make keeping your brushes sorted a breeze! Having already used recyclables as a storage solution in another area of my room, I began saving containers of multiple sizes. I simply spray painted each recycled container black for uniformity and...

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Apr 14, 2014

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10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Art Teacher

10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Art Teacher

You are accustomed to people adding things to your plate. You probably feel obligated to do more because it’s ‘the right thing to do.’ Today it’s time to think differently. Instead of doing more, here are 10 things you can STOP doing as an art teacher to improve your practice.     1. Stop trying to cram so much content into your school year....

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Apr 11, 2014

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How to Find Fabulous Cultural Presenters in 3 Easy...

How to Find Fabulous Cultural Presenters in 3 Easy Steps

Recently, I was seeking out cultural groups and presenters for my elementary school’s fine arts and culture day. At first, I was terrified that I didn’t know enough people and groups to fill the day with engaging sessions for each of my grades K-6, but as I delved into the search, I was amazed (and relieved) with how quickly my schedule was able to be filled. My goal...

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Apr 10, 2014

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How to Teach Culture with Integrity in the Art Roo...

How to Teach Culture with Integrity in the Art Room

It’s so easy as art teachers to get excited about the beautiful art forms of different cultures. From the expressive brush paintings of Japan to the intricate Aboriginal paintings of Australia, we may have the best intentions when teaching our students about other cultures, but ultimately end up falling short. Why? Because often, our students’ products are no more than...

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Apr 9, 2014

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Conquer Batik with this Handy Resource Guide 

Conquer Batik with this Handy Resource Guide 

Batik is the art of using wax resist and dye to decorate fabric. The art of batik has been practiced for centuries all over in the world, predominately in Asia and Africa. Including a batik lesson in your art curriculum allows you to teach the history of batik specific to a region of your choice. The beauty of teaching batik is the cross curricular connections. The downside is that...

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Apr 8, 2014

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Great Giveaway: Over $100 Worth of Culture Materia...

Great Giveaway: Over $100 Worth of Culture Materials for Your Classroom!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Marie E. who said she loves to inspire her students with Oaxacan animals! This month’s giveaway comes courtesy of Roylco, a family owned business that has been, “helping teachers make education exciting, engaging and creative since 1969”. They have over 500 products that have a wide variety of classroom uses. Roylco is giving...

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Apr 8, 2014

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Pysanky Eggs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pysanky Eggs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space and Line Art Skills: Drawing, Wax Resist, Cutting Making Connections: Pysanky Eggs, Ukrainian Culture * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is great for spring because it incorporates the egg, something many of our students are familiar with decorating around the Easter holiday. It’s nice to...

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Apr 7, 2014

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3 Easy Ways to Add More Arts and Culture to Your C...

3 Easy Ways to Add More Arts and Culture to Your Classroom

Editor’s Note: This week we’ll be focusing on culture in the art room. Be sure to come back each day for lively discussions, tips, lesson plans and of course, for a Great Giveaway tomorrow! You won’t want to miss it! AOE writer Sarah starts off the week with some simple strategies to help students really connect to other cultures through arts...

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Apr 4, 2014

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The Best Art Teachers on “Teachers Pay Teach...

The Best Art Teachers on “Teachers Pay Teachers”

Teachers Pay Teachers is a website that is pretty self explanatory. Teachers submit resources like PDFs, worksheets and lesson plans, for other teachers to purchase and use in their classrooms. It’s a very successful model that is a win-win for teachers everywhere. One general education teacher was even in the news for making ‘a million dollars’ for selling her...

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Apr 3, 2014

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Narrative Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Narrative Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Value, Color, Texture Art Skills: Design, Photography Making Connections: Literacy * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page If a picture is worth a thousand words, narrative photographs are the kind of pictures worth a whole novel. Encourage the total creative process through this lesson plan focused on...

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