May 13, 2012

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AOE’s Biggest News Yet…We are Growing!



A Little History

For those of you who’ve been around reading this blog for several years now, you know we’ve gone through plenty of changes. We went from posting once a week, (and the first comment belonged to my mom!- ha!) to twice a week, to three times as week. Over time we’ve added video content, online classes, lesson plans, completely re-designed our site, and more. For some time now though, I’ve wanted to give you, our amazing readers, more. More of the content you want, on a more regular basis. In order to this we must grow.

The Big News

We are propelling AOE into becoming Art Education’s first online magazine. Why wait weeks or even months for new ideas to use in your classroom? Now you don’t have to.  We want to be the place you wake up with, the site you drink your coffee with every morning to get motivated and inspired for your day in the art room.  Every single weekday and even sometimes on the weekend, all year long, you should be able to visit AOE and get great new content designed with you in mind. Art teachers deserve this amazing content, and they deserve it every day.

How will we accomplish this? Today we’re taking two big steps to make this dream a reality:

The First Step:

Next school year, I will be moving from working full-time at two elementary schools, to working part-time, at only one school,  2 days per week.  I’m really excited that this opportunity came up because it will allow me to pour myself into growing AOE and providing great content for all of my wonderful readers, while at the same time giving me the perfect amount of time to still work with my students in the classroom.

If you have taken the course “The Element” you know it’s important for all of us to find that special thing that makes us feel alive. The place where our passion meets our talent.  For me, working on AOE, teaching online classes, and helping teachers break boundaries has become an insane passion, one at which I cannot run from anymore. I can’t  do this halfway. I must run straight into it, full force! This is a terribly exciting move for both me and my family because I will also get more time with my little one, and find a better balance between being the mother, wife, entrepreneur and art teacher I strive to be.


The Second Step:

Up until this point, almost all of the content on AOE has been created exclusively by me. Tens of thousands of readers, but only one writer… Even though next year I’ll be working part time, much of that time will be spent developing and instructing online classes, speaking at events, developing new AOE content, and working on some new projects you’ll find out about very soon. ;)

This presents an amazing opportunity. There are some incredibly talented Art Teachers out there, many of whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with over the past few years. These Art Teachers have such amazing stories and ideas to share, they just needed an outlet to share their expertise!


Today, we’re introducing the AOE Writing Team.

Click Here to Learn about the AOE Writing Team

Not one, not two, but three amazing writers that I’ve hand-selected for their  unique insight into the field of Art Education. Their personality, their professionalism, and their entertaining and engaging writing style make them all perfectly suited for the opportunity. These are truly inspiring and brilliant educators who I’ve learned from, and now so can you!  These writers are not simply “guest bloggers,” they, along with me, will be the editorial backbone of AOE. Moving forward I will be writing more articles each week than in the past, but now  will also be serving as editor and curator.

You will be hearing from these new writers in the coming weeks through their weekly posts on AOE, please be sure to welcome them aboard and give them your feedback in the comments section of their articles. Until then, please read more about the entire team on the new and improved  ‘About’  page.

This is such an exciting time for AOE, and I feel so blessed that you, our readers, have made this all possible. Thank you for your unquestionable support and for helping to spread the word about AOE. I am very excited about how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed. Stay tuned for a great Summer of content from The Art of Education!


 Let us know what you think of these exciting changes in the comments below!



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  • Susan Riley

    Congratulations, Jessica!  What a major accomplishment for you – I’m bursting with excitement for you and can’t wait to see what you do next.  I know you’ve wanted this for a long time and I’m so happy that it’s finally happening.  Yippee!

  • Lauralee

    FABULOUS JESS!! How exciting for you and US! Congrats!! Sounds like a perfect combo for you.
    Can’t wait to hear more. You continue to amaze and inspire. Go girl!!!


    Congratulations Jessica! Art Education needs someone to represent all that we do everyday (and don’t have time to express!) More then helping the field of art education you are helping children. When our government realizes that art education is the key to the future of our society and economy, I will toast you:) Thanks for putting this out there in such a professional format!

  • Karen

    Congratulations!  I have to admit I miss the simple Blog I came across last year and the inspiration from that little blog and what it gave me.  Now as with everything, things have to move on to be bigger and better, which is a good thing, but sad at the same time.  I wish you all the best on your new endeavors and the success to come!!

  • Lwenk1029

    My only comment is like we talked about…now having these amazing ladies come with you to NAEA’13 and help/watch you present ..but also have a booth set up during the convention to help talk about your website/all the cool AOE stuff that you guys are selling :) …amazing Jessica. 

    • Jessica Balsley

      Lots to look forward to, that is for sure. Theses gals are even more amazing in person!

  • Eukent

    I’m so very happy for you Jessica!   I,  of all people,  know that dreams really do come true and I am happy that your’s are at such a young age!   You are a talented young lady and it is such a blessing that you are willing to share those talents with all of your readers. It is so nice that you will be able to spend more time with your little one.   My  “baby”  leaves for the Navy boot camp this week and if only I could turn back the hands of time.  Enjoy this precious time while you can.    Congrats again and best wishes!

    • Jessica Balsley

      Thank you very much! They say it all goes by so fast (life, kids, work) so lets make the most of it, right? I appreciate your kind words.

  • Karen M

    Congratulations team! I am so glad for you Jessica, you are living your element! I wish you much more success. Your classes are incredible, I have learned so much through AOE. I can’t wait to see the new format!

  • Genasmith4

    Love reading every post you add and very excited about what is to come!

  • Matt Volesky

    Congrats Jessica. You definitely have found your passion and are pushing ahead full force. You are the cutting edge of art education. I enjoy reading your organizational tips and your thoughts on different art room aspects. It is like you have dissected your art room and exposed it for everyone to learn from- in a neat and classy way.. I love it.. I wish you the best in this new big step.

  • Cheryl Trowbridge

    How exciting for you, Jessica!  Looks like you have some great ideas and the perfect team to make it happen!  Congrats and best wishes!!!

    • Jessica Balsley

      Thanks, Cheryl, that means a lot coming from you- I appreciate the comment!

  • sue keith

    congratulations I cannot wait for the new things

  • Frances Rice

    I’m excited to read your online magazine!  One of my friends has taken two courses from you and really enjoyed them.  I hope to take a course too!

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