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

Adjunct Instructor

Derek Balsley

Founder & CEO

Jessica Balsley

Founder & President

Shannon Bell

Adjunct Instructor

Timothy Bogatz

Content Director & Graduate Instructor

Jennifer Borel

Writer & Adjunct Instructor

Tiffany Carr

Adjunct Instructor

Patricia Christiansen

Senior Graduate Instructor

Kathleen Cigich

Adjunct Instructor

Heather Crockett

Education Director

Sarah Dougherty

Adjunct Instructor

Alecia Eggers

Social Media Manager

Theresa Gillespie

Senior Graduate Instructor

Shelly Hardin

Adjunct Instructor

Tracy Hare

Content Specialist

Amanda Heyn

Senior Editor

Amanda Koonlaba

Adjunct Instructor

Andrew McCormick

Adjunct Instructor & Podcast Host

Kim Meyering

Graphic Designer

Shari Mork


Anna Nuttall

Adjunct Instructor

Johanna Russell

Adjunct Instructor

Carrie Russoniello

Adjunct Instructor

Cindy Tolliver

Office Manager & Customer Happiness Guru

Sarah Welch

Customer Happiness Guru & Educational Specialist

Molly Wiste

Adjunct Instructor

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!