Feb 10, 2016

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Why Professional Development is Better When Done w...

Why Professional Development is Better When Done with Friends

Have you ever considered tackling a professional development class with your entire PLN or even your entire art team? Erin Meyers, a veteran High School Art Teacher in rural New Jersey, recently convinced her colleagues to do just that! She and two colleagues enrolled in a brand new AOE class, Studio: Ceramics. While each teacher read, responded, and created assignments...

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Feb 10, 2016

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There ARE Better Ways to Make Clay Handles!

There ARE Better Ways to Make Clay Handles!

Let’s be honest: If you’re in a secondary art room, showing kids how to pull clay handles can get awkward. Really awkward. Luckily, there are quite a few alternatives available when it comes to methods and materials you can use when making handles. Check out this video to see how you can easily and quickly create handles using tools you already have in your classroom, as well...

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Feb 9, 2016

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Where Does Black History Month Stand in the Art Ro...

Where Does Black History Month Stand in the Art Room?

Every February, Black History Month gives us a moment to highlight the important contributions of Black artists. Since 1976, when President Gerald R. Ford asked Americans to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” Black History Month has served as a reminder for educators to...

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Feb 8, 2016

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The Art Room: A Beautiful Mess

The Art Room: A Beautiful Mess

    Being an art teacher is tough. There are unpredictable schedules, overcrowded classes, PD that doesn’t apply to you, and that one persistent recess duty that just keeps coming back year after year. On the flip side, there are enthusiastic students, packed art shows, and the feeling that you are actually changing lives on a daily basis. One situation that...

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Feb 5, 2016

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7 Ways to Hit Your Stride in the Art Room

7 Ways to Hit Your Stride in the Art Room

For many new art teachers, the question, “Does this ever get any easier?” comes up a lot. Between late nights spent at school and weekends spent lesson planning, grading, and brainstorming ways to make your students behave in a civilized manner, being an art teacher can be HARD. Yet, there comes a time in every art teacher’s career where things just start to...

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Feb 4, 2016

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Clay Picasso Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Clay Picasso Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Form Art Skills: Basic clay construction Art History: Picasso   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Creating wacky faces always makes students enthusiastic and motivated. Throw in some art history by teaching your students about Picasso. They will be even more excited when they find out they...

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Feb 4, 2016

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A New Collaborative Project that Proclaims, “...

A New Collaborative Project that Proclaims, “Art Matters!”

    We’ve all had classes that are a bit tougher to work with. You pull out all your best lessons and teacher tricks, but the class in mind just isn’t falling for it. Instead of throwing your hands up in the air in surrender, check out this collaborative project that brings groups together, digs further into your curriculum, promotes the arts, and whips...

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Feb 3, 2016

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The Art of Creating Digital Citizens

The Art of Creating Digital Citizens

There’s no denying we are part of the digital world. Whether you choose to embrace technology in your classroom or not, the use of digital media has become a way of life. As adults, we’ve been immersed in the development of social media and technology gradually over a period of time. We’ve been able to grow as technology has grown and increased in our society. But this is not...

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Feb 2, 2016

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How to Change Lives Around the World with The Memo...

How to Change Lives Around the World with The Memory Project

As teachers, we often pay lip service to the fact that art has the power to change lives. But when do we show our students–I mean, really show them–exactly what this means? The Memory Project gives students the opportunity to create art that goes far beyond the classroom walls to affect lives all over the world. If you haven’t heard of the Memory Project, now is...

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Feb 1, 2016

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Wow Your Families With This Simple Collaborative A...

Wow Your Families With This Simple Collaborative Art Display

Editor’s Note: This week, we are going to be talking about how art can make an impact. Whether it’s in your school, community, or even the world, art has the power to do good. Today, Jennifer Borel starts us out with an easy way to brighten up your school and bring awareness to your art program. The approach of spring often means art show season. As much as I love...

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Jan 31, 2016

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AOE Winter 2016 Online Conference Recap

AOE Winter 2016 Online Conference Recap

  Yesterday, January 30th, was The Art of Education’s sixth online conference! Can you believe it?! With a record number of attendees registered (2,100+), the day was jam-packed with three special Featured Presenters as well as dozens of incredibly relevant topics curated to match the needs of educators just like you– art teachers! Let’s not forget that...

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Jan 29, 2016

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Why It’s Okay to Feel “Teacher Burnout...

Why It’s Okay to Feel “Teacher Burnout”

    Near the end of my undergraduate experience, an education professor decided it was his job to inform us of the cold, hard truth. He listed off statistics proclaiming a portion of us wouldn’t be hired upon graduation. Those who managed to secure employment would inevitably face “teacher burnout” and likely not make it past our fifth year of...

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