Mar 23, 2015

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How to Turn Your Students Into Neat Freaks

How to Turn Your Students Into Neat Freaks

When I was a kid, my sister used to vacuum her room in such a way that she would know if I had been in there simply by looking at the carpet. In her eyes, I was a complete mess while she was the family’s steadfast “neat freak.” Once college rolled around, I quickly learned that I either needed to start being organized or risk misplacing much of my stuff. Thus, my days of...

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Mar 20, 2015

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24 Movies to Show in Your High School Art Room

24 Movies to Show in Your High School Art Room

Although movies are sometimes cast in a bad light by administrators and parents, we know that a good movie can help bring art to life. If you like to use occasional movies in your high school classroom, then this AOE List is for you! Thanks to all of our amazing FB fans that helped us put the list together. NOTE: Depending on your comfort level, the maturity of your students, and...

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Mar 19, 2015

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The Best Books to Read Aloud in Your High School A...

The Best Books to Read Aloud in Your High School Art Room

I have no problem with a loud art room. I rather like it, actually. Students in my room are active, they are learning, they are moving. They are noisy, they are messy, they are creating. Yet, I also enjoy a quiet art room a couple of times each week; I think it’s good for my students to have a balance. The question is, how do we manage that dichotomy? What can we do to give...

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Mar 18, 2015

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I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Clas...

I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Class and Lived to Tell the Tale

I recently completed AOE’s Choice Based Art Ed online course. I have never had a more reflective and productive professional development course in my career as an educator. But, I also haven’t experienced questioning my entire philosophy of teaching over the course of a single class. I entered the course with very little knowledge about TAB and choice-based approaches. I...

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Mar 18, 2015

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Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Techniques Making Connections: Science * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   There are so many fun things you can do with a Pinch Pot beyond the traditional little pot. One take on the pinch pot that all of your youngest students will love is the “Frog Pinch Pot.” In...

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Mar 17, 2015

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3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

You might adore them. You may despise them. Either way, memes are part of our contemporary Internet environment, and they are almost impossible to ignore. I figure, why not take full advantage of them since my middle schoolers are completely obsessed and crazed over memes? They pin them uncontrollably (usually ones about cats), they post them to our Edmodo class wall, and...

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Mar 16, 2015

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Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art Teacher

Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art Teacher

I learn so much from my online community of art educators. I don’t think I would have the same amount of passion or joy for my job without them. Their blog posts, tweets and Instagram pictures inspire me. They understand and share the uniqueness that is teaching art. But I have a confession… There are times when I see all the amazing things other art teachers are doing and...

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Mar 15, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Ep. 2 – Where Do You Find Inspirat...

AOE LIVE: Ep. 2 – Where Do You Find Inspiration? with Jen Dahl

Andrew and Tim join forces for the “official” debut of AOE Live, taking on the topic of Inspiration. Jen Dahl joins the guys for an in-depth conversation about personal teaching style, where we find our inspiration as art teachers, and how inspiration affects us in both the short-term and long-term. And can we figure out why Andrew never fully plans his lessons? . WATCH...

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Mar 13, 2015

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Download the 2015 AOE Course Catalog

Download the 2015 AOE Course Catalog

As you are planning your summer professional development, be sure to download and print off the first ever AOE Course Catalog! The 20 plus page AOE 2015 Course Catalog will make its print debut at NAEA in New Orleans at the AOE booth. If you are there, swing by to grab your copy. If you can’t make it, you can download the entire catalog right here in a handy PDF. Print or...

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Mar 13, 2015

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What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the A...

What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room?

A number of years ago, when my district was organizing an introduction of a 1:1 iPad program, I was asked if I was willing to give up my entire art supply budget to help fund the cost of the new technology. Although I was excited about the possibility of my students always having tech access, I was completely dumbfounded at the idea of how and why we would use an 8″ screen...

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Mar 12, 2015

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Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Everyone likes Pinterest, but it has produced an art quandary in my life. I kicked off the new semester of my high school art class with a unit on text art. In short, I asked my students to create a work of art using only text. Most students came up with original ideas, but a few students found ideas on Pinterest and wanted to emulate the concepts. I’m sure you have seen the type...

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Mar 12, 2015

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Architectural Reflection Prints: Free Lesson Plan ...

Architectural Reflection Prints: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Watercolor, Printmaking Art History: Architecture * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This is an engaging project when you are looking for a collaborative work with which all students can feel successful. These look great displayed together as a continuous...

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