Jun 24, 2015

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5 Essential Supplies for the High School Art Room

5 Essential Supplies for the High School Art Room

As we are finishing up the school year and beginning to plan for the fall, it’s a good time to think about the supplies we want. Or, more importantly, the supplies we need. In this video, I talk about the most important tools for making great drawings, and why no art room is complete without a giant bucket of gesso. Check it out!     What are your essential art room...

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Jun 24, 2015

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A Vision for Art Education Part Two: Student Learn...

A Vision for Art Education Part Two: Student Learning Outcomes

    I recently took part in a discussion about the merits of teacher evaluations based on student growth. This national trend to find a method for quantifying art education comes labeled in several different acronyms but is most commonly referred to as SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes). The stated purpose of implementing SLOs tends to vary depending on who you ask....

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Jun 23, 2015

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Cindy Foley Announced as Featured Presenter at AOE...

Cindy Foley Announced as Featured Presenter at AOE Summer Online Conference

Meet Cindy. Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Award – Winning Champion for AUTHENTIC Creativity. TEDX Columbus Speaker presenting Teaching Art or Teaching to Think like an Artist? and now… Featured Presenter at the AOE 2015 Summer Online Conference! Her TED Talk took the art teacher world by storm,...

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Jun 23, 2015

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A Vision for Art Education Part One: Space and Med...

A Vision for Art Education Part One: Space and Media

Editor’s Note: This week, we say goodbye to writer Ian Sands. Ian has been a fantastic member of the team and he will be greatly missed. As his parting contribution, Ian will share his vision for the future of art ed with us over the next three days. Stay tuned for a special parting message on Wednesday.        When examining the art room environment today,...

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Jun 23, 2015

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Revive Your Curriculum with Student-Centered Hando...

Revive Your Curriculum with Student-Centered Handouts

Near the end of this past school year, my colleagues and I were beginning to dive headfirst into revamping our instructional practice for next fall. Amping up the rigor of our standards, identifying assessments to measure growth and clarifying how we communicate learning outcomes  to students were just some of the tasks we were to ponder over the summer break. This is not the...

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Jun 22, 2015

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Great Giveaway: Class Set of Measure by Color Rule...

Great Giveaway: Class Set of Measure by Color Rulers

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sofia who mentioned Piet Mondrian as being a great artist to bridge art and math. Thanks for entering, everyone!   Have you read Jennifer’s article about the Measure by Color Ruler today? Are you excited to try this amazing innovative tool in your classroom? Yes? Well, then, you’re in luck!   Today we’re...

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Jun 22, 2015

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Solve Your Ruler Problems With This Innovative New...

Solve Your Ruler Problems With This Innovative New Tool

    “I’m going to show you all how we can use math measurements in art.” No other phrase takes my students’ mood from anticipation to dread faster. On the other hand, that very same phrase has the general education teachers and administrators in my building shouting for joy. Although we somehow always make it through projects requiring rulers semi-successfully, I...

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Jun 19, 2015

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Take More Risks in th...

5 Ways to Help Your Students Take More Risks in the Art Room

I recently spoke with author and co-founder of Access Art Paula Briggs about her new book Drawing Projects for Children. Reading this book reminded me why our work as art educators is so important. Not only is the book filled with stunning lesson ideas, Paula also invites readers to think deeply about how those lessons are presented.  You see, Paula believes, “For children...

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Jun 19, 2015

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Color Mixing Gumballs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Color Mixing Gumballs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Cutting, Gluing Art History: Wayne Thiebaud   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Looking for a fun, new way to teach the secondary colors to your younger grades? Students will love mixing and printing the primary and secondary colors in this lesson! Sneak in the elements...

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Jun 18, 2015

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Shhh…Shop Here for Amazing Art Finds

Shhh…Shop Here for Amazing Art Finds

As I was strolling through my favorite bookstore, my keen art eye was catching glimpses of FANTASTIC art-related items! We all know there are amazing art books out there, but I also found items that spark creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They build upon art concepts and techniques. So, the next time you’re looking for gifts, don’t forget to check out...

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Jun 18, 2015

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3 Things You May Not Know About Your Youngest Stud...

3 Things You May Not Know About Your Youngest Students

Many of us are certified to teach preschool students through high school students. What a range! Leaving college, many of us feel fairly prepared to teach school-age children, but those early childhood kids remain a mystery to us. Some teachers fall back on craft projects, thinking googly eyes and stamps are where it’s at. There’s certainly nothing wrong with those types of...

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Jun 17, 2015

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5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photogra...

5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photography Students

I launched a new digital arts curriculum this year, and digital photography was a big part of it. Everyone claims they know how to take good quality photos. It’s so easy nowadays with the advent of smartphones. Just point, click, slap on a filter, and you’ve got an amazing photo, right? We art teachers know differently. We know there’s more to taking a stunning photo than...

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