What is the Art of Education?

The Art of Education (AOE) is an innovative higher-learning institution serving art teachers exclusively. Like a university, we offer rigorous and relevant online graduate courses. Like a magazine, we publish practical and compelling classroom strategies in the form of daily articles, videos, lesson plans, podcasts, and more.

Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development

Everything we’ve done at The Art of Education is based on one simple, yet bold, idea. We believe that art teachers deserve inspiring, relevant, and, frankly, awesome professional development.



Workshops (Coming Soon)

Online Magazine

Lesson Plans




About AOE

A Letter From Our Founder


Hi, I’m Jessica Balsley. Founder and President at the Art of Education.

Several years ago as an art teacher working towards my Master’s Degree I began a search for a university with courses designed for art teachers, but came up short. 

Like so many art teachers, I struggled to find classes that were relevant, practical, and would actually teach me something valuable to my career as an art educator!

This frustration led to the creation and development of The Art of Education. That year, my husband Derek and I set out on a mission to provide Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development™ to art teachers around the world. 

Since that time, and thanks to our loyal fans, The Art of Education has become the largest provider of professional development for art teachers in the world. 

Today, over 500,000 individuals read our online magazine each month while thousands of art teachers attend our conferences and rely on our online graduate classes for license renewal, salary advancement, or to secure a Master’s Degree.

As art teachers, we all have to stick together. We’re not an afterthought – and we absolutely deserve the highest quality professional development available. The Art of Education exists to empower art teachers, to help them thrive in their profession and succeed in their careers.



Jessica Balsley
Founder, The Art of Education


Meet the Team

The Art of Education’s team of instructors, writers, professional development advisors and administrators—to say nothing of the thousands of teachers that make up our classes, attendance and readership—are the reason that the Art of Education has already impacted millions of K-12 students worldwide. Meet some of the best art teachers and art ed thought leaders in the nation.

Wendy Aracich


Derek Balsley

Founder & CEO

Jessica Balsley

Founder & President

Shannon Bell


Timothy Bogatz

Writer, Instructor & Podcast Host

Jennifer Borel

Writer & Instructor

Tiffany Carr


Kathleen Cigich


Heather Crockett

Educational Director

Sarah Dougherty


Alecia Eggers

Social Media Manager

Theresa Gillespie


Nic Hahn


Shelly Hardin


Tracy Hare

Content Director

Amanda Heyn

Senior Editor

Amanda Koonlaba


Andrew McCormick

Instructor & Podcast Host

Kim Meyering

Graphic Designer

Anna Nuttall


Johanna Russell


Cindy Tolliver

Customer Happiness Guru

Sarah Welch

Customer Happiness Guru & Educational Specialist

Molly Wiste


Work With Us

Would you like to work with The Art of Education? Maybe you’d like to be a writer, or an instructor, or a presenter at our next event!

We’re a fun group that works hard to create awesome stuff for art teachers. If you want to make a dent in the Art Ed Universe – we’d love to hear more about you!