Nov 11, 2014

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5 Ways to Teach Architecture Without Linear Perspe...

5 Ways to Teach Architecture Without Linear Perspective

Incorporating architecture into your curriculum has been on your to-do list since the start of the school year.  Structure and perspective are vocabulary words you want your students to understand but you’re dreading the thought of dragging out the rulers for another two point lesson in pencil. Fret no more because today we will share our top 5 Ways to Teach Architecture Without...

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Nov 10, 2014

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AOE Celebrates Distance Learning Week!

AOE Celebrates Distance Learning Week!

Did you know this week is National Distance Learning Week!? I know, I know, it’s probably not highlighted on your calendar, but we get pretty excited about it around here, since Distance Learning is our speciality! I’m so proud of how far The Art of Education has come over the past 4 years. In that time, AOE has transformed from a small, private blog into a thriving Online...

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Nov 7, 2014

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Five Easy Ways to Gather STEAM in Your Art Room

Five Easy Ways to Gather STEAM in Your Art Room

No doubt you’ve heard about STEM initiatives in your district or state. Hot on STEM’s heels is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math). Although true arts integration is a two way street, why not enrich your own classroom with some easy connections?   Here are 5 great ideas to get the ball rolling.     Build a cardboard arcade! Check out...

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Nov 7, 2014

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Seasonal Tree Sculptures: Free Lesson Plan Downloa...

Seasonal Tree Sculptures: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Ruler Use, Sculpture Making Connections: Math * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This lesson is the perfect way to show your students that math can be used in art and that it can be fun! Students will get comfortable using a ruler throughout this lesson, and your general education...

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Nov 6, 2014

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Welcome to Illustration Friday

Welcome to Illustration Friday

Imagine if  you were asked to create an illustration. Before you started working, you would probably expect to receive a wealth of information. What should be the focus of the illustration? Where will this illustration take place? What time of year will it be? The list of questions could go on and on. However, what if you were told you wouldn’t be provided any of that...

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Nov 5, 2014

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Make Your Own Magnetic Color Wheel

Make Your Own Magnetic Color Wheel

  When I started teaching, I began running into issues communicating the color wheel and color theory to my students.  Despite a variety of teaching approaches, activities, and strategies, my students still struggled. As a result, I developed this easy, magnetic and movable color wheel.  I immediately saw results, and students were communicating and demonstrating their...

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Nov 4, 2014

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When Making Art Doesn’t Make Art

When Making Art Doesn’t Make Art

I used to work with a teacher who would never give an assignment that didn’t end with a product. Her thinking was, time is precious, portfolios need to be filled, and every project should end with a piece of art. I’ve always had a slightly different position. I enjoy assigning provisional projects. Phil Hansen’s Goodbye Art series is an example of creating...

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Nov 3, 2014

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7 Essential Centers For Your Art Room

7 Essential Centers For Your Art Room

As art teachers we have a love-hate relationship with the clocks in our rooms. Sometimes, students need just a bit more time to finish up the projects they have been so diligently working on. Other times, the hour-long project we had planned finishes early, leaving us with a few minutes of class to fill. You’ve got to think quick in order to make the most of the time you are...

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Oct 31, 2014

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Painting Par...

My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Painting Parties

If you haven’t experienced one yourself, I am nearly positive you’ve seen it on your friends’ facebook pages or run across it as a Groupon: those social painting parties are HOT right now! You know what I’m talking about, wine, friends, a canvas, and some kind of painting instruction.   As an art teacher, this sort of thing both delights me and enrages...

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Oct 30, 2014

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How to Make a Chalk Pastel Gradient

How to Make a Chalk Pastel Gradient

It seems like chalk pastel projects are either hit or miss. If you can teach students techniques for controlling them, they can achieve some beautiful results. On the other hand, if you can’t stop them from spreading, you end up with rainbow dust from one end of your room to another. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to do with chalk pastels- make a chalk...

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Oct 30, 2014

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Matisse Underwater Collage: Free Lesson Plan Downl...

Matisse Underwater Collage: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape Art Skills: Cutting, Gluing, Collage Art History: Matisse * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   After trying several unsuccessful Matisse-inspired projects, this one really stuck. I think it’s because of the limited color palette and underwater theme. Students really latched onto the concept...

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Oct 29, 2014

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How to Organize Your Curriculum Documents in One P...

How to Organize Your Curriculum Documents in One Place

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of paper you have to keep track of? Organizing your big picture curriculum documents, daily lesson plans and posters, not to mention things like phone trees and lists of building committee members can feel like a full-time job! As if keeping track of all those things wasn’t crazy enough, my principal also asked us to keep our daily lesson...

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