Mar 4, 2015

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5 Adaptations You Can Make for the Art Room TODAY!

5 Adaptations You Can Make for the Art Room TODAY!

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Alicia Peters, an art professor from St. Joseph Minnesota, to discuss one of her passions — adaptive tools in the art room.  Alicia stated, “I struggled to find items in the traditional catalogs that fit some of my students who needed adaptions, so I got creative and started to make my own, which proved to be the best thing...

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Mar 3, 2015

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How to Prep for Art Shows Without Losing Sleep

How to Prep for Art Shows Without Losing Sleep

Springtime is art show time, and it seems most teachers participate in some type of art show. Some have school-wide shows with themes and a piece of artwork from every student. Some have major competitions with students working on specific pieces for weeks. My students have artwork in 4 different shows. The first show up is the city-wide all school show. Then it is the Youth Art...

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Mar 2, 2015

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Slow Looking and 5 Other Simple Activities to Enha...

Slow Looking and 5 Other Simple Activities to Enhance Your Students’ Ability to Analyze Art

With everything you have to fit into your curriculum, do you ever feel like some things just fall by the wayside? Whether it’s specific projects or larger concepts, there often isn’t time to “do it all”. One thing that was always difficult for me to find time for was analyzing artwork. Especially with short classes at the elementary level, teaching students how to look was...

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Feb 27, 2015

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The Anatomy of an Art Cart

The Anatomy of an Art Cart

    A few months ago, we ran a mini-series about teaching art on a cart that included an in-depth interview, resources and lesson ideas. Today, I want to show you how I use carts within my classroom to keep things organized. The carts help me transfer and store specific materials with ease. You can find 3 tips to get you started along with details about my carts...

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Feb 27, 2015

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Summer Course Schedule Released: Enrollment Open

Summer Course Schedule Released: Enrollment Open

Summer… Ahhh… It seems so far away, but will be here before you know it. Summer is the prime season for educators to squeeze in Grad Credits, CEU’s and PD Hours. Why?  Because, for most of you, summer break means more TIME! Since Summer is our most popular season for classes, we are making even easier for you to get into the class you want during the Summer...

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Feb 26, 2015

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New Class! Flipping the Art Room

New Class! Flipping the Art Room

Have you heard of Flipped Teaching!? It’s an exciting new technique that is gaining popularity in classrooms all around the country! If you aren’t familiar, the basic format is: The teacher records videos of lessons, students watch them at home, and come to class ready to work with questions. It essentially ‘flips’ the instruction so the homework happens...

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Feb 26, 2015

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How to Conduct Socratic Seminars in the Art Room

How to Conduct Socratic Seminars in the Art Room

For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, a Socratic Seminar is a classroom discussion that focuses on big ideas and involves all students.  It is basically the antithesis of a lecture–instead of transmitting knowledge from teacher to student(s), we are instead sharing our ideas through dialogue.  Not debate, but dialogue.  We are not covering a topic, or focusing...

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Feb 25, 2015

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Digital Radial Designs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Digital Radial Designs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Digital Painting, Symmetry Making Connections: Math * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Teaching radial balance can be a lot of fun, and this project makes it even more so. Using the app InspirARTion, students are able to explore how radial balance works. They will learn...

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Feb 25, 2015

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The Key to Helping Your Students Talk About Art

The Key to Helping Your Students Talk About Art

    How do your students respond to and talk about art?   A while back, I was responsible for grading my students on a question quite similar to the one above. When quarterly grades would roll around, I would inevitably dread grading that question and doubt my decisions afterwards. Sure, I could use a tally system to count my students’ insightful thoughts and...

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Feb 24, 2015

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Should Art Students Be Allowed to Ditch Projects?

Should Art Students Be Allowed to Ditch Projects?

As artists, we’ve all worked halfway through something and then, for a host of different reasons, ditched it. Perhaps it wasn’t coming out as we had expected or perhaps working through the project gave us a better idea. Whatever the reason, abandoning projects is part of being an artist. Leonardo da Vinci is almost as famous for his work as he is for not completing his...

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Feb 23, 2015

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Introducing… AOE LIVE!

Introducing… AOE LIVE!

The Art of Education is proud to announce a project we’ve been working on behind the scenes for several months now. Without further adieu, we give you AOE LIVE… AOE LIVE is a bi-monthly (100% free) hybrid online media event just for art teachers! It combines all the best features of a live streaming web show, an interactive Google Hangout, a Twitter chat, and even an...

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Feb 23, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Ep. 1 – (Pilot Episode) Classroom ...

AOE LIVE: Ep. 1 – (Pilot Episode) Classroom Management Secrets with Alecia Eggers

In this, the pilot episode, Andrew and Tim debut the AOE Live Podcast and take on the subject of classroom management. Special guest Alecia Eggers, elementary teacher, organization extraordinaire, and writer with The Art of Education joins the guys for an in-depth conversation on keeping a positive environment, tips and tricks for classroom management, and how you deal with your...

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