Sep 18, 2014

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Hotties of Art History Part 2: The Women

Hotties of Art History Part 2: The Women

As I mentioned in The Hotties of Art History Part 1, I am always looking for entertaining ways to incorporate art history in my classroom. So again today, we will mostly discount artistic endeavors and artistic merit to just focus on the attractiveness of the artists. Yes, we can discuss art history here and there, but we’re mostly just being vapid. After checking out the men...

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Sep 18, 2014

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“Mouse Paint” Color Wheel: Free Lesson...

“Mouse Paint” Color Wheel: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Painting, Collage Making Connections: Language Arts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is great because it gets away from the boring 6 hue color wheel that can be such a drag for both you and your students. Incorporating literature is an added bonus to drive the...

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Sep 17, 2014

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Hotties of Art History Part 1: The Men

Hotties of Art History Part 1: The Men

I’m always looking for new ways to make art history exciting in my classroom. One way I do this is to talk about artists like Chris Burden and some of his dangerous performance pieces. I noticed, however, a lot of my girls had trouble paying attention when we were looking at Chris Burden because HE’S JUST SO ATTRACTIVE (or so they tell me). This led to a round-up of a...

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Sep 16, 2014

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How to Help Your School Break Free of the Gallery ...

How to Help Your School Break Free of the Gallery Mentality

Art has always had a high brow quality about it. Traditionally, fine artworks have been adorned with elaborate frames and hung in museums and galleries to be viewed only by elite visitors. In many ways, schools mirror the same exclusive practice. The best art is collected, matted and placed in a prestigious space such as a school gallery or showcase. In recent times, artists have...

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Sep 15, 2014

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Use Socrative for Easy Formative Assessments in th...

Use Socrative for Easy Formative Assessments in the Art Room

One of the best things about formative assessment is that it delivers instant and useful feedback to you and your students. Improvement and learning can take place right away! Getting this information out to students always takes some time, so this is a great place for technology to step in and expedite the process. Enter Socrative.com. Not only does Socrative make feedback quick...

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Sep 12, 2014

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How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

Paper maché with young students can quickly become a living nightmare in the art room. It seems like there’s no stopping the spread of paper maché paste from those little hands to every. single. surface. in the room. Not to mention the goop that gets on your one nice pair of pants and all over Jimmy’s hair. If you’ve wanted to do paper maché in your room but...

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Sep 11, 2014

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Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

In a time where budgets are seemingly always being cut, many of us are looking for ideas that won’t slice into the precious few dollars we have available. So, if you’re waiting on your budget money to come in, or if you don’t have a budget at all, here are six sculpture ideas you can use to create some great projects without spending a lot of...

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Sep 10, 2014

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A NEW Pinterest Tip for Lightning Quick Lesson Pl...

A NEW Pinterest Tip for  Lightning Quick Lesson Planning

Summer break is kind of like a dream. I can wake up whenever I want, lounge in my pj’s all day, and pretty much have all the time in the world to accomplish my to-do list. Then the school year hits. Suddenly the alarm clock becomes my worst enemy. I have to start remembering what day of the week it is, and the clock never seems to give me enough time to accomplish everything...

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Sep 9, 2014

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Use Sticky Notes to Keep Your Planning On Track

Use Sticky Notes to Keep Your Planning On Track

If you’re having trouble keeping lesson planning under control, I recommend sticky note lists! Why? Well, when things get super crazy and overwhelming, simple visual reminders can save you time and energy. For example, I have this note taped to my computer, where I see it everyday. Each time I start I new project, I simply go down the list to keep myself on...

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Sep 8, 2014

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The Secret to Getting Out the Door When the School...

The Secret to Getting Out the Door When the School Day Ends

Editor’s Note: As you know, the beginning of the school year can get nutty. You may find that you hardly see the sun during the month of September. Here at AOE, we feel you. For the next few days, we’ll focus on simple ways to manage your time so you can enjoy yourself both at and away from school. Today I’m starting off with some simple tips to get out the door when...

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Sep 5, 2014

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Palatable Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Palatable Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Digital Photography, Composition, Rendering Art History: Pop Art, Realism * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Kids always love creating portraits of themselves and their friends. As a teacher, however, I get tired of seeing (and teaching) the same straight-ahead,...

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Sep 4, 2014

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3 Ways to Take Your Hallway Displays to the Next L...

3 Ways to Take Your Hallway Displays to the Next Level

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with hallway displays. Yes, I absolutely love brightening the walls and display cases in the school, but putting art up and tearing it down can be extremely time consuming. I found that if I could help educate people in my school about the art room through my hallway displays, I actually looked forward to spending the time. Here are some...

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