Jan 26, 2016

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5 Ways to Incorporate Movement in the Art Room

5 Ways to Incorporate Movement in the Art Room

While it’s no question the snowy days of winter take a toll on our energy levels, research points to the hazardous effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Some businesses are even moving toward standing and treadmill desks! Luckily, as art teachers, we are able to keep moving throughout the day. Between loading the kiln, prepping materials, and making our rounds with students, it’s...

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Jan 25, 2016

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The Best Tool to Keep Your AP Studio Students On T...

The Best Tool to Keep Your AP Studio Students On Track

The AP Studio Art portfolio is an undertaking. 24 works (12 Breadth, 12 Concentration) for a portfolio is no small task. There are many approaches to help our students work their way through the completion of all 24 pieces. One common approach is to assign the 12 Breadth works during the first semester and the 12 Concentration works in the second semester. I’ve found that this...

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Jan 24, 2016

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Blog of the Year Winners Announced!

Blog of the Year Winners Announced!

    The official 2015 Blog of the Year results have now been announced! Click here or on the badges below to see the winners. Thank you to everyone that participated. We hope you were able to honor some old favorites and also find some new places for inspiration. Take some to review all of the winners and finalists, and make sure you leave them some love in the comment...

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Jan 22, 2016

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Decoding Jacob Lawrence: Free Lesson Plan Download

Decoding Jacob Lawrence: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Various Art Skills: Analyzing Artwork, Making Inferences, Cultural Awareness Art History: Jacob Lawrence   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This TAB lesson is great for getting kids to think deeply about art. Students will use the painting Forward by artist Jacob Lawrence as a starting point....

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Jan 22, 2016

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The Most Fun Way to Brush Up on Ceramics

The Most Fun Way to Brush Up on Ceramics

Ceramics is not an easy medium to teach. It can be expensive and time consuming. Supplies can be difficult to manage, glazes can be finicky, and kilns can be intimidating. Sometimes there are more questions than answers, and teachers begin to avoid clay. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I just finished teaching the first section of AOE’s Studio: Ceramics class, and I was...

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Jan 21, 2016

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8 Essential Activities for Any Architecture Center

8 Essential Activities for Any Architecture Center

Last year, I piloted an architecture choice unit with my third-grade students. One of the biggest takeaways from this experience was that my students LOVE to build things! Because of this, I’ve made more architecture and engineering activities available to them. I make a few of these items available for free choice when we near the end of a project. Below I’ve listed my...

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Jan 20, 2016

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How Student-Directed Collaboration Can Benefit You...

How Student-Directed Collaboration Can Benefit Your Students

Once you’ve been in education for a while, you notice how often new trends and buzzwords develop. Some are here one day and gone the next, while others stick around. Collaboration is one that has stuck, and for good reason. It’s included on the Framework for 21st Century Learning because working together toward a greater goal has many benefits. It allows students to build...

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Jan 19, 2016

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2015 Blog of the Year Voting is Now Open!

2015 Blog of the Year Voting is Now Open!

    Blog of the year voting is now open! Click here to learn about the finalists and cast your vote!   There are always so many great nominations for the Blog of the Year contest, and this year was no different! We had hundreds of nominations to narrow down, and the task was no easy feat. Once again, blogs were nominated in four categories: Elementary, Secondary,...

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Jan 19, 2016

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How To Make Your Paint Mobile

How To Make Your Paint Mobile

Figuring out the best way to store and distribute liquid tempera paint can be tricky. Do you go with squeeze bottles or pump bottles? What kinds of palettes should you use? How do you make sure you have easy access to all your paint without it taking up too much space? Check out the idea in the video below for one great solution. Along with the tips and tricks in this article, you...

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Jan 18, 2016

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An Introduction to Coding in the Art Room

An Introduction to Coding in the Art Room

Education trends come and go at a rapid pace. Whenever something new comes along, I have an internal struggle. Is it something worthwhile that I should immediately embrace, or a fad that will shortly fizzle out? In education, these trends come at a fast and furious pace and it’s up to us to decide what is worthwhile and what isn’t. You may have heard the word “code”...

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Jan 18, 2016

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Turn STEM to STEAM with the Design Thinking Proces...

Turn STEM to STEAM with the Design Thinking Process

As I gear up to team-teach a STEAM course for the first time next semester, I’ve been thinking about what it really means to integrate all of these disciplines together. What does it really look like to teach in a collaborative environment where the focus is process, not product? How do I encourage the use of the 4 Cs while maintaining the integrity of my art...

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Jan 15, 2016

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Use the Studio Habits as a Guide for Reflective Se...

Use the Studio Habits as a Guide for Reflective Self-Assessment

The Studio Habits of Mind (SHOM) can be a phenomenal framework for organizing your Student Learning Outcomes, daily targets, essential questions, and more! Whether you teach from local or National Standards, using SHOM can help define your planning and intentionally emphasize important skills. This year, I wanted to take SHOM one step further in my classroom by having the...

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