Nov 24, 2014

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Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Minute Frenzy

Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Minute Frenzy

Have you been putting off tackling that junk drawer?  That pile of donated materials? The dreaded scrap bin? Whether you’re putting off a specific project you know you want to do or organizing in general, starting with a Five Minute Frenzy will give you the motivation  you need!   What is a Five Minute Frenzy, you ask? I recently heard about this fabulous motivation...

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Nov 21, 2014

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5 Ways to Help Students with Special Needs Feel Su...

5 Ways to Help Students with Special Needs Feel Successful in the Art Room

In my past life, I worked as an assistant to students with special needs. I helped with life and community living skills as well as leading art projects. A highlight for me was putting on an art camp for all of the students. In the process, I conducted a research project focused on how to plan successful art experiences for students with special needs.   According to my...

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Nov 20, 2014

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10 Ways to Take Your Art Show Up a Notch

10 Ways to Take Your Art Show Up a Notch

Thinking about how to shake up your school art show this year? Need some inspiration to help hit that Presenting standard? Take a look at this list of ten ways to take your art show from “ho-hum” to “holy cow!”   1. Do a themed show, and make the theme memorable. Think “Dia de los Muertos,” or “Abstract 3D.” 2. Have students become docents and...

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Nov 20, 2014

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Oil Pastel Sunflowers: Free Lesson Plan Download

Oil Pastel Sunflowers: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Coloring Art History: Van Gogh * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     You’re sure to attract attention with this eye-catching project! Van Gogh inspired sunflowers are a school-wide favorite, especially during conferences. Not only is this project successful...

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Nov 19, 2014

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Pinterest-Inspired Visuals Can Work For You!

Pinterest-Inspired Visuals Can Work For You!

Are you tired of repeating the same directions over and over?  Communicate with your students by using simple visuals instead!  Pinterest has a plethora of art room visuals that you can borrow and adapt to fit your own needs. In the video below, I highlight three of my most-used visuals and tell you why they’re more effective than verbally re-directing...

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Nov 19, 2014

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Teach Your Youngest Students to Tear Paper

Teach Your Youngest Students to Tear Paper

Ahhhh, tearing paper. I believe this is one of the essential fine motor skills our youngest artists need, but teaching it can be tricky. For some students, they decide to transform this fine motor skill into a gross motor skill. You know this is happening when the tearing becomes full body, whole arm, ripping. Not controlled! Others decide to become a paper tearing ninjas and...

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Nov 18, 2014

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5 Tips for a Successful Donors Choose Project

5 Tips for a Successful Donors Choose Project

When my budget was cut in half (literally) at the beginning of last year, I started looking at some alternative sources of funding to supply my classroom. I wrote (and received) a handful grants, but man, those are difficult and time-consuming. I found the easiest and the best way for me to receive funding was through the website Donors Choose. I’ve had 3 projects funded in...

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Nov 17, 2014

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AOE’s UPDATED Ultimate Guide to Art Fundrais...

AOE’s UPDATED Ultimate Guide to Art Fundraisers

    It seems like art teachers’ budgets are cut more and more every year. Each fall, you have to try to do more with less. It’s not fair. We wish we lived in a world where every art teacher got the budget he or she needed to execute a fantastic program upfront, but we know that’s not always the case. That’s why, today we’re thrilled to bring you our UPDATED...

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Nov 14, 2014

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Piktochart: A Cool Tool to Keep Your Art Room Runn...

Piktochart: A Cool Tool to Keep Your Art Room Running Smoothy

Cleaning up in the art room is inevitable. It doesn’t matter if you teach High School or Kindergarten, there are messes to be made, and therefore, messes to be cleaned up! Managing this less-structured time can make or break you as an art teacher. That’s why, when we find out about a cool tool like Piktochart, we want to shout it from the rooftops! If you haven’t heard of...

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Nov 13, 2014

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The Best Frank Lloyd Wright Resources for Art Teac...

The Best Frank Lloyd Wright Resources for Art Teachers

    One of my favorite ways to teach concepts is through stories about famous artists. A good story keeps students engaged with every word. It’s a known fact that storytelling helps memory retention, because it creates pictures in the minds of our students, just like a movie. Because stories are so memorable, they are also easier for students to recall in the...

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Nov 13, 2014

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Frank Lloyd Wright Homes: Free Lesson Plan Downloa...

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Shape, Texture Art Skills: Drawing, Collage Making Connections: Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architecture * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     This is one of my all-time favorite lessons. Students are able to design homes in different styles of American architecture and create environments...

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Nov 12, 2014

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The Best Architecture Books for All Grade Levels

The Best Architecture Books for All Grade Levels

 “Architecture is art you can’t escape.” My husband said those words to me the other day, and they really stuck with me. I started thinking, “Architecture is everywhere, but I really don’t spend very much time diving into the world of architecture in my classroom.” That was going to change! As art teachers, we find ourselves in a great...

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