Oct 30, 2014

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How to Make a Chalk Pastel Gradient

How to Make a Chalk Pastel Gradient

It seems like chalk pastel projects are either hit or miss. If you can teach students techniques for controlling them, they can achieve some beautiful results. On the other hand, if you can’t stop them from spreading, you end up with rainbow dust from one end of your room to another. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to do with chalk pastels- make a chalk...

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Oct 30, 2014

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Matisse Underwater Collage: Free Lesson Plan Downl...

Matisse Underwater Collage: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape Art Skills: Cutting, Gluing, Collage Art History: Matisse * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   After trying several unsuccessful Matisse-inspired projects, this one really stuck. I think it’s because of the limited color palette and underwater theme. Students really latched onto the concept...

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Oct 29, 2014

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How to Organize Your Curriculum Documents in One P...

How to Organize Your Curriculum Documents in One Place

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of paper you have to keep track of? Organizing your big picture curriculum documents, daily lesson plans and posters, not to mention things like phone trees and lists of building committee members can feel like a full-time job! As if keeping track of all those things wasn’t crazy enough, my principal also asked us to keep our daily lesson...

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Oct 28, 2014

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5 Books Every Art Teacher Needs to Read

5 Books Every Art Teacher Needs to Read

We all embark on our teaching journeys eager to teach. Most of the time, we have a few basic classroom management strategies to get us started. Throughout my coursework and student teaching, I developed a toolbox of strategies I would be able to use in my own classroom. Those tools and strategies were helpful, but after the honeymoon period passed my first year, I was struggling....

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Oct 27, 2014

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Give Your Students Time to PLAY

Give Your Students Time to PLAY

As art teachers, we appreciate it when artists come up with new and innovative ways of using materials. Whether it is new painting techniques or ways to melt glass into sculptures, we respect the ingenuity. Often, we admire the new method enough that we encourage our students to emulate the process. We want our students to create works of art as equally innovative. However, our...

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Oct 24, 2014

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How to Teach Art Anywhere

How to Teach Art Anywhere

I’ve done it. I’m betting most of you have too. I have taught art in some of the strangest, most inconvenient and instructionally inappropriate settings.  Carpeted classroom? Check! Cafetorium/Gym? Check! Tiny computer lab (with computers)? Check! Hallway? Check! So, how is it that I managed to get anything done with students without sinks, washable floors, or cabinets and...

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Oct 23, 2014

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My School Blocks Social Media, and It’s Cramping M...

My School Blocks Social Media, and It’s Cramping My Style

    One would think that in today’s day and age, schools would finally be permitting access to popular social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, and more. In fact, most educators today, and especially art teachers, practically rely on using these sites to plan lessons, communicate with families, and find resources to take their teaching to the next...

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Oct 23, 2014

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Meet Me in the Middle: Free Lesson Plan Download

Meet Me in the Middle: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Value Art Skills: Drawing Making Connections: Math- ruler use, facial proportions * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     My students LOVE this self-portrait lesson.  They are blown away by how realistic and proportional their drawings can become. With a few straight-forward techniques and a little...

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Oct 22, 2014

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The 3 Art Classes Every High School Should Offer

The 3 Art Classes Every High School Should Offer

Everyone wants to have a strong, successful art program, and it’s worth looking at how we structure our classes to work toward that goal. For me, it comes down to three things: capturing students’ interests, letting students develop their ideas and talents, and giving students a definite goal to work toward.   With those things in mind, let’s take a look at the 3...

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Oct 21, 2014

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AOE Winter 2015 Online Conference Announced!

AOE Winter 2015 Online Conference Announced!

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to cozy-up with some PD from the comfort of home!  We are excited to announce the AOE Winter 2015 Online Conference will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015, and registration is open. If you’re one of the thousands of art teachers who’ve attended our past conferences, you know this is an event jam packed with ideas,...

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Oct 21, 2014

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What is the Purpose of Art One?

What is the Purpose of Art One?

Art teachers would like to think that all students that register for their classes are destined for Art College and beyond. In reality, we know this is not the case. High school students find themselves taking art for several different reasons. Many sign up because they have an interest in art. Others think art is a great way to earn an easy “A”. Still others know it looks...

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Oct 20, 2014

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What High School Teachers Need to Know About Curri...

What High School Teachers Need to Know About Curriculum

Editor’s Note: We’re taking a few days to talk High School Curriculum this week. Today Sarah starts us off with a great list of things to consider when developing and revising your own High School curriculum. Be sure to come back to hear what Tim and Ian have to say about the subject later this week!     High school arts curricula run from the very...

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