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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Oct 17, 2014

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Sneak in MORE Art History with a Mystery Artist Bo...

Sneak in MORE Art History with a Mystery Artist Board!

    Are you looking for a fun way to increase your students’ art history knowledge? Try a mystery artist board! In my classroom, students engage in friendly competition to research and make guesses about a new mystery artist each month. Prizes can be simple such as fancy pencils or extra art time for the winner and a friend. Another great thing about the mystery...

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Oct 16, 2014

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Take Your Artsonia Gallery to the Next Level with ...

Take Your Artsonia Gallery to the Next Level with the Hall of Fame!

By now, we’re sure that many of you have heard of, Artsonia the online student art gallery. But, how many of you have celebrated with your students who have earned Artsonia’s Hall of Fame honors? We’re guessing a number of you are now scratching your head, saying, “Hall of What?” Yes! Artsonia has a fun Hall of Fame program that many teachers haven’t yet incorporated...

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Oct 16, 2014

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Pop Art Pets: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pop Art Pets: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Value, Color Art Skills: Drawing, Painting, Color Theory Art History: Pop Art * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     This lesson is a winner for many reasons. First of all, the lesson is perfect for differentiation. Challenge older or more skilled students to create larger series. Help...

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Oct 15, 2014

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Help Make History by Participating in Everyartist ...

Help Make History by Participating in Everyartist Live!

    AOE readers, have you heard the news!? An event called Everyartist Live! is bringing hundreds of thousands of kids from around the country together to make and display art together on one day. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of helping students develop creative thinking skills through art education. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that!? The...

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Oct 14, 2014

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How To Keep Your Art Kids Coming Back

How To Keep Your Art Kids Coming Back

In so many art rooms, the number of students enrolled determines the continuing viability of the program itself. More often than not, our programs need a large number of students enrolled to do everything we want to do. The best way to do that is to have kids sign up for multiple classes, and make them WANT to be a part of the program. They come back, they tell their friends, those...

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