May 26, 2015

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Genius Tricks to Transform 7 Common Art Room Lefto...

Genius Tricks to Transform 7 Common Art Room Leftovers

At the end of the year, I always find my classroom supply closets full of busted and worn-out supplies. I used to get frustrated with the spent materials and just toss them, not taking the time to repurpose them into useable media for the next school year. With a little extra time (or with some student help), you can revamp your old supplies into new materials to use next...

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May 25, 2015

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6 Simple Ways to Breathe New Life Into Tired Lesso...

6 Simple Ways to Breathe New Life Into Tired Lessons

Have you seen those TV shows where they take an old, outdated house and rehab it? The end result is always gorgeous! The other day I got to thinking, “Why can’t we do the same thing with our old, outdated lesson plans?” We all have them: the good ones that the kids love, hit the standards and are fun to teach… but they need a little something new.   Here are...

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May 22, 2015

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The Secret to Drawing Meaningful Reflection Out of...

The Secret to Drawing Meaningful Reflection Out of Your Students

If your students blog about their art as mine currently do, you understand the rich reflection that blogging can produce. When students reflect on both their finished pieces and the processes they went through to create them, they tend to communicate more in writing than they would in a class critique. As you read the writing, you discover much about the art and the...

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May 21, 2015

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Don’t Buy The Starving Artist Syndrome: A Me...

Don’t Buy The Starving Artist Syndrome: A Message to Every Creative Young Person

“Art is hard.” “You can’t make money in the arts.” “If you choose an art career, you’d better have a backup.” “Artists are destined to struggle.” “Your career can’t be your passion.” And the worst… “Those who can’t create art settle to teach art.” If you are in an arts-related...

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May 21, 2015

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Plain White Cups: Free Lesson Plan Download

Plain White Cups: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Value Art Skills: Drawing, Shading Art History: Photorealism * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   In this assignment, students are challenged to draw “plain white cups.” The cups are simple to draw and allow students to see the changing values on their pure white surfaces....

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May 20, 2015

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7 Distinct Techniques to Transform Your Oil Pastel...

7 Distinct Techniques to Transform Your Oil Pastel Projects

Oil pastels are one of those mediums that you either love or hate. Sometimes, the mess of them smeared over every surface just outweighs the benefits of using them in your classroom. Maybe you have always felt that you were demonstrating techniques incorrectly leading to your students’ work looking like they used plain ol’ crayons. Well, have no fear! Here are seven...

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May 19, 2015

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4 Ways to Clean Out Your Classroom Clutter

4 Ways to Clean Out Your Classroom Clutter

You’re packing up your room or cleaning before summer break, and you dust off some materials you haven’t seen in ages. Maybe you thought you’d keep them around to use later or maybe you had no idea what to do with them in the first place! In the video below, I detail four options for finding better homes for those materials that are cluttering up your art...

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May 19, 2015

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A Sneak Peek Inside AOE Classes: An Interview with...

A Sneak Peek Inside AOE Classes: An Interview with AOE’s Educational Director

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with AOE’s Educational Director, Heather Crockett, and pick her brain about AOE’s online graduate classes. Heather answered frequently asked questions, shared course samples, and even provided a sneak peak into the new class platform!  Read on to hear what Heather had to say.   AH: How tech-savvy does someone have to be to...

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May 18, 2015

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Two Engaging Outdoor Activities to do With Your St...

Two Engaging Outdoor Activities to do With Your Students

It’s about this time of year that I have my face plastered against my lone classroom window just daydreaming about the warmth and sunshine that is one pane of glass away. I decided that I had to get outside with my students before I let my skin get any paler. But I didn’t want to just give a bonus recess and waste precious minutes that could be spent on my art...

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May 15, 2015

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6 Proven Strategies to Recruit Students for Your P...

6 Proven Strategies to Recruit Students for Your Program

I usually like the foreign language teachers in my school. Same for the music people, the drama department, and everyone in the family/consumer sciences wing. But not this week. This week we’re fighting. I should explain: we’re actually fighting over students. See, it’s registration week, and we need to keep our numbers high. Large registration numbers represent...

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May 14, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 6: “Let Your Students ‘Run...

AOE LIVE: Episode 6: “Let Your Students ‘Run the Show’: Amazing Art Show Tips” with Kristin Stephens

  Incredible art teacher Kristin Stephens shared with the guys her method of putting on a successful student-run art show. Her keys to running an art show with ease prove just how well you can put on a show, even when your students are doing (almost) all the work! This was a great discussion with some great ideas–Andrew was enamored with the art show logistics! . WATCH...

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May 14, 2015

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An Art Teacher’s Guide to Writing a Children...

An Art Teacher’s Guide to Writing a Children’s Book

Have you ever dreamed of writing a children’s book? You probably have. In a profession where we are surrounded by children all day long, it shouldn’t be that surprising that many art teachers have considered taking on this challenge. The fact that we are so closely connected to children gives us a slight advantage. We tend to know what children enjoy and what they...

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