Mar 6, 2014

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Why Fiber Arts Make a Fantastic Art ...

Why Fiber Arts Make a Fantastic Art Club Alternative

Last year I talked about my experimental Saturday morning art club. I...

Feb 27, 2014

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How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase ...

How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase Student Productivity

Do you ever get so involved in an activity that you forget to take a break? I...

Feb 24, 2014

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7 Surefire Ways to Send Home Artwork...

7 Surefire Ways to Send Home Artwork Safely

Your students make amazing pieces of art. The artwork is displayed beautifully...

Feb 18, 2014

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7 Successful Strategies for Managing...

7 Successful Strategies for Managing Middle Schoolers

When people learn I teach middle school art, the response I frequently hear...

Feb 10, 2014

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Do You Dare? Plastering StudentsR...

Do You Dare? Plastering Students’ Faces For Amazing Mask Results

Editor’s Note: This week on AOE we’re going to be focusing on...

Feb 10, 2014

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9 Essential Tips For A Successful Pl...

9 Essential Tips For A Successful Plaster Mask Lesson

Previously, I talked about the nitty gritty details of setting up and...

Feb 6, 2014

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A Faster Way to Get Ready For Art Cl...

A Faster Way to Get Ready For Art Class

Recently something spectacular happened in one of my first grade art classes,...

Jan 24, 2014

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Do You Know the “Classroom Man...

Do You Know the “Classroom Management Secret?” – Book Review

Classroom management isn’t going away. No matter how many years...

Jan 7, 2014

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Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Lear...

Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Learning

Art teachers run their classrooms on a spectrum from total control to almost...

Dec 19, 2013

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A Visual to Help Students from Wande...

A Visual to Help Students from Wandering in the Art Studio

It never fails. There is always one student in each of my classes who seems to...

Dec 17, 2013

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An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just make one set of seating charts and use...

Dec 11, 2013

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The Hardest Student I Never Taught: ...

The Hardest Student I Never Taught: Have A Day

Before receiving my certification in visual arts, I worked for several years...

Nov 18, 2013

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Are “Problem” Students Really a Prob...

Are “Problem” Students Really a Problem?

  As art teachers, we have a unique perspective on student behavior,...

Nov 15, 2013

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5 Smart Ways to Stretch Your Printma...

5 Smart Ways to Stretch Your Printmaking Budget

Printmaking can be intimidating for many reasons, one of which is the...

Nov 13, 2013

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Essential Safety Tips for Printmakin...

Essential Safety Tips for Printmaking in the Art Room

Many teachers get cold feet when thinking about doing advanced printmaking in...

Nov 11, 2013

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5 Secrets for Managing the Mess of P...

5 Secrets for Managing the Mess of Printmaking

Are you interested in printmaking but fearful of the mess?  Does the thought...

Nov 4, 2013

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Using Humor to Bounce Back From a Mi...

Using Humor to Bounce Back From a Mistake

As art teachers, we spend countless hours creating, posting, repeating, and...

Oct 31, 2013

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Why Centers Make the Perfect Sub Pla...

Why Centers Make the Perfect Sub Plans

Yep, I’ve done it. I’ve come back into school to prep and write sub plans...

Oct 11, 2013

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Whatchamadrawit: A Creative Drawing ...

Whatchamadrawit: A Creative Drawing Game for the Classroom

Are you looking for a versatile teaching tool that is fun, imaginative, and...

Oct 3, 2013

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The Plight of the Automatic Paper To...

The Plight of the Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser

Has your art room been infected? If it has, you know the symptoms:  the red...

Oct 1, 2013

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Making Conversation a Cornerstone in...

Making Conversation a Cornerstone in the Art Classroom

I know that getting kids to talk to each other about their art and the...

Sep 18, 2013

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Learn Student Names Quickly with Nam...

Learn Student Names Quickly with Name Tents

When you see hundreds of students in a week, have a new roster every 7 weeks,...

Aug 28, 2013

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How to Manage Your Crazy Kindergarte...

How to Manage Your Crazy Kindergarteners at the End of Art Class

Clean up in the art room is always chaotic, but during Kindergarten or 1st...

Aug 22, 2013

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Essential Tips to Help Your Students...

Essential Tips to Help Your Students Enter the Classroom Quietly

The first few weeks of school are a great time to start new structures and...