Jul 31, 2015

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6 Important Pieces of Advice for Entering a New Te...

6 Important Pieces of Advice for Entering a New Teaching Position

While summer vacation brings relaxation for many art teachers, for others, it brings dread. Interviewing, getting a new room ready, and thinking about meeting a whole new set of coworkers and students is enough to make any art teacher want to hide in a corner. I recently spoke with Killian Williams-Morantine, an art educator from rural Louisiana, about this very topic. So many art...

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Jul 30, 2015

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Effortlessly Communicate Your High School Curricul...

Effortlessly Communicate Your High School Curriculum With These Student Handouts

    The structure of high school level art courses can vary from place to place. In some districts, they are organized by media type, like Drawing I or Advanced Ceramics. In others, they are organized by levels such as Art I & Art II. Either way, common threads of curriculum are evident from class to class. Clearly communicating your curriculum to students helps them...

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Jul 30, 2015

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Think You Can’t Handle an Online Class? You Can!

Think You Can’t Handle an Online Class? You Can!

    Today we welcome a guest post by one of our AOE Instructors, Patricia Christiansen. Patricia also teaches high school art online (yes, you read that right!). Today Patricia is here to tell you why everyone can handle online learning!        Teaching for the Art of Education over the past two years has taught me a lot about the hesitations that...

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Jul 29, 2015

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Art History Writing Your Students Will Actually Wa...

Art History Writing Your Students Will Actually Want to Do

This might sound crazy, but there are art history writing assignments that kids will actually have fun doing! This video highlights one of my favorites called “Blind Date.” It can be used with any two portraits and can serve as a great introduction to an artist, to portraiture, or even just to writing about art. No, we don’t go over the elements and principles of art...

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Jul 29, 2015

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Fantasy “Bark” Paintings: Free Lesson ...

Fantasy “Bark” Paintings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space, Color Art Skills: Drawing, Painting Making Connections: Mexican Amate Painting * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Explore the tradition of Mexican Amate bark painting as students create their own fantasy landscape paintings. Using fluorescent colors will provide students the capability...

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Jul 28, 2015

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The Perfect Activity to Start Your School Year

The Perfect Activity to Start Your School Year

    “You must pass on enough knowledge, information and access to materials to inspire and get children started, but you also need to create enough space to allow them to be in control of their own exploration.” Isn’t that just about the best way to describe our jobs as art educators? The quote comes from Paula Briggs, the Co-founder and Director of the visual arts...

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Jul 27, 2015

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A Case for Hoarding in the Art Room

A Case for Hoarding in the Art Room

I admit it. I’m a hoarder. I’m probably one tragic life event away from starring in one of those hoarder reality shows. Sadly, my piles aren’t confined to my basement or my garage… I also hoard at school. I blame it on the fact that I’m one of those creative types. As an art teacher, I always think I’ll find a creative use for someone else’s castoffs. To exacerbate...

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Jul 24, 2015

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Meet Your New Favorite Book Series!

Meet Your New Favorite Book Series!

    Do you also love to use stories and children’s books in your art room? Well, I have some news for you! Did you know there is a new set of art books that includes interactive elements like pop-ups, cut-outs, and paper dolls? It’s true! The Meet the Artist! books by Patricia Geis are excellent resources for your classroom. I recently got the chance to speak...

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Jul 23, 2015

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Banish the Phrase “I don’t know what t...

Banish the Phrase “I don’t know what to draw” with this Simple Trick

Regardless of how great your lesson is or how much choice you give your students, at some point in the school year you will hear the dreaded,   “I don’t know what to draw!”   Be prepared to help your students overcome this roadblock with a simple roll of the dice.     You may have seen roll the dice activities like this or this, but my...

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Jul 22, 2015

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Teaching High School vs Elementary: What’s the Dif...

Teaching High School vs Elementary: What’s the Difference?

As art teachers, we are certified to teach a ridiculously broad span of ages. It’s not uncommon to wonder if the grass might be greener on the other end of the age range. If you’ve thought about making a move up or down, read on. I’ve done it, and this is what I’ve learned.   The Comparison   Attitude Elementary kids are sweet. I loved getting hugs and being...

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Jul 22, 2015

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Typographic Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Typographic Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Line, Value Art Skills: Sketching, Shading, Typography Making Connections: Language Arts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   If you have ever taught middle school students about pen and ink drawings, you know that it can be a challenging process. The dark and light areas, the...

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Jul 21, 2015

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How to Use Everyday Items to Distribute Supplies

How to Use Everyday Items to Distribute Supplies

As the summer starts to wind down, I’m beginning to think about the upcoming school year and all of the projects I want to do with my students. We all know those projects will require supplies, but the real trick is getting those materials distributed to students. Why not utilize some of the resources you already have to make supply distribution easier? If you’re...

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