2012 Art Ed Blog of the Year – Voting Open!

*Voting is now CLOSED and the winners have been announced! Click here to see the winners of the 2012 Art Ed Blog of the Year contest!*

WOW!  As a result of our Call for Nominations for the 2nd Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year Awards, our email inbox was flooded with nominations as well as over 145 comments on our Nominations page. There were so many great blogs nominated, including some new up-and-coming sites that you should really check out.

The committee reviewed the nominations in the categories of Quality of Content and Photos, Consistency in Posting, Community Interaction, Overall Look and Feel, and Value Provided to their Audience. We encourage you to browse all of the Top 20 Finalists before you vote. The decision was really, really hard, and there were so many deserving blogs that were not selected as finalists. We are happy to share this year’s lineup includes a little something for everyone, including more resources for middle and secondary art teachers, and a variety of teaching approaches represented.

Today we are thrilled to announce the following 20 finalists for Art Ed Blog of the Year!

Voting takes place between December 9th and 14th.  The Top 10 will be selected by, of course, YOUR or votes! Be sure to visit all of the blogs by clicking on their linked headers above, make your choice(s), and then vote in the Poll below.  Finalist bloggers are encouraged to share the ballot link with their own readership so there are as many voters represented as possible! Voters, yes, you can vote for multiple blogs when you place your vote (give to your love to lots of blogs or put your eggs all in one basket)! 

Why wait? Vote for your favorite(s) today!

Shorty after voting closes (at Midnight on Friday, December 14th) we’ll announce the winners.  You will be notified if your blog is one of the Top 10 Winners.  The Top 10 blogs will all receive a unique Award Badge which they can proudly post in the side column or other prominent location on their blog! In addition to the badge, award winners will be promoted with a permanent space on the AOE Blog, be featured in the Blogging for Art Educators online class, and get kudos in our Weekly Newsletter.

Be sure to forward this link to all of your teacher friends so they can discover these 20 great Art Blogs, and they can vote as well. This is a amazing opportunity to give these blogs credit and even send them some new Art Teacher readers!

 Why did you vote for the blog you did? Let everyone know in the comments!

What new blogs are you discovering, or what “Ah Ha” moments are you having through this process?

Best of luck to everyone! 


Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


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  • I voted for Deep Space Sparkle because it has a little bit of everything useful. There are lots of projects but I honestly like to refer to the site for the other resources like Organization, Art Shows, and tons of other useful advice! 

  • Fuglefun

    Thank you Jessica and committee for selecting the Fugleblog as a finalist. I’m so honored to be shoulder to shoulder with all these great blogs. I’m also grateful that I can vote for as many as I like which is awesome because I LIKE so many including; Apex, the Teaching Palette, Deep Space Sparkle, Teach Kids Art, Art with Mr. E, and Mini Matisse. I am looking forward to exploring the others:)

  • Marcia Beckett

    Thanks Jessica for creating this contest again!  I follow all the blogs listed, so it was difficult to choose my favorites1  

  • Knighth

    Thanks so much for including Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists in this year’s list of nominees. I am truly flattereed to be in this list of super cool art teachers and I have learned so much from many of them. My students and I thank all of you for sharing and making our art room a better place!

  • Aly marcotte

    Thanks so much for including Artisan Des Arts!! a huge thrill to be up there!

  • All the finalists were very well deserved! It’s amazing to think about how many art teachers share with their community and other art educators every single week. It’s also amazing to me how many people don’t know about all of these wonderful blogs. I hope this contest helps spread the word – the art ed blogging world is alive and well.

  • Novak Amanda

    Thanks Jessica!!  This is so awesome.  I feel honored to be up there again this year .  This contest is so awesome – I always find blogs and I think ‘why did I not find this till now?”  I feel like connecting to one blog at a time has really expanded my own teaching, thinking, projects – everything.  I love this.  Thanks for doing this. 

  • Nick

    My vote is for art project girl and not just braise she’s my wife but she’s a really good teacher

    • Nick

      Haha auto correct is up to no good again. I meant because not braise:)

  • Ted Edinger

    Humbled to be included in such a great collection of teachers/bloggers!!!  Thankful for our amazing community..and the openness of everyone to share their success & failures..we learn so much from each other – Mr.E

  • teachkidsart

    Wow – I’m so excited to be nominated and in the top 20!  What an amazing community of Art Educators we have…. it’s an honor to be included with all these inspiring bloggers!  Many of them were already among my personal favorites, and now I’ve discovered a few new ones, too.  Thanks, Jessica!

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  • Miriam Paternoster

    Hi Jessica! I’m very happy to have this opportunity… thanks to you! Just I would like to ask  if will be possible to change the name of my blog in the list, because it is “arteascuola” in one word. Sorry, these are three italian words united together (arte a scuola) :  that means “Art at School”, instead you wrote Art Eascuola. I’m sure that people can understand the same, and if is a trouble for you, doesn’t matter and let it be! But perhaps, especially my italian friends, could understand better! Thanks again for this exciting experience!!

  • Bickford Beth

    my vote is for erica beth stinziani. she is amazing!!!

  • don masse

    It’s such an honor to be nominated along with all these other fantastic people.  Everybody on the list does such an amazing job recognizing and sharing their students creativity and the art education process with a broader audience! Thank you Jessica and the Art of Education team for putting this whole thing on:)

    don masse
    shine brite zamorano

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  • Rina_k6art

    What a surprise! It is an incredible honor to have K-6 Art named as finalist. It is a delight to be included with such amazing art education bloggers. I follow many of these blogs, but am thrilled to discover some new ones in the finalist list.  Thanks again, Jessica!

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  • Jen

    Thanks so much for the nomination into the finalist category! I feel incredibly blessed. Thank you Jessica for putting this together. You all are great!

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  • Renee Collins

    Thanks to Jessica and all at The Art of Education for selecting My Adventures in Positive Space as a finalist this year! I follow almost all of my fellow nominees, and couldn’t be happier for everyone. This is truly a great community of art educators and virtual friends. Good luck all!

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  • I’m proud as I can be to vote for Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists – that is one amazing art teacher!!!

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