Apr 4, 2014

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The Best Art Teachers on “Teachers Pay Teach...

The Best Art Teachers on “Teachers Pay Teachers”

Teachers Pay Teachers is a website that is pretty self explanatory. Teachers submit resources like PDFs, worksheets and lesson plans, for other teachers to purchase and use in their classrooms. It’s a very successful model that is a win-win for teachers everywhere. One general education teacher was even in the news for making ‘a million dollars’ for selling her...

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Apr 3, 2014

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Narrative Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Narrative Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Value, Color, Texture Art Skills: Design, Photography Making Connections: Literacy * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page If a picture is worth a thousand words, narrative photographs are the kind of pictures worth a whole novel. Encourage the total creative process through this lesson plan focused on...

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Apr 2, 2014

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The Ultimate Guide to Using QR Codes in the Art Ro...

The Ultimate Guide to Using QR Codes in the Art Room

Here at AOE, when you ask, we deliver! During my presentation at the last AOE Online Conference, many of you were wondering about using QR codes in the art room. Today I’d love to share a bit more about this cool form of technology. I’ll go over what QR codes are, how they work and 5 ideas for using them in the school setting. If you’d like, you can download a simple guide...

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Apr 1, 2014

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The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Art ...

The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Art Teacher Must Learn

As an Apple fan, I have always been interested in how Steve Jobs created a billion dollar company from something he started as a kid in his garage. I recently read an article titled 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Marketer Must Learn by Dan Lyons. Through reading this article, I learned that Jobs’ greatest asset was his marketing ability. Even though we are teachers and...

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Mar 31, 2014

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Video: Fantastic (and Free) Art Room Storage Solut...

Video: Fantastic (and Free) Art Room Storage Solutions

  As art teachers, we are familiar with the ‘art’ of saving anything and everything because, “we might be able to use it later!” For example, I recently used mini-cupcake containers left over from a school celebration to keep acrylic paint fresh for weeks! In today’s video, I’ll share how you can transform recyclables into easy storage solutions for a...

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Mar 27, 2014

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LIVE from NAEA – 2014

LIVE from NAEA – 2014

  Since most of you can’t attend the 2014 NAEA Convention in San Diego, we went for you! We’ll be detailing many of the sights and sounds of this great event right here. We’ll be posting live throughout, so visit often and refresh this page for the most up-to-date posts! P.S. Check out last year’s LIVE convention post.     Thursday, March...

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Mar 27, 2014

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The Top 5 Reasons to Make Student Growth Data Visi...

The Top 5 Reasons to Make Student Growth Data Visible

If your state is implementing a new student growth model for teacher evaluation, you are well versed in assessment. In fact, you may feel like assessments are coming out of your ears! Showing growth in art education means we are able to track where students start in their learning, how they progress, and where they end up. Many of you probably are required to submit an SLO (or...

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Mar 27, 2014

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10 Awesome Advocacy Resources for Art Education

10 Awesome Advocacy Resources for Art Education

Are you looking for data, research, quotes or other arts education advocacy materials?  Check out the options listed below. Listed are 10 spectacular resources for almost anything you would need to advocate for your arts education program. Bookmark them, print them, Pin them. Get inspired! 1. Iowa Alliance for Arts Education – This organization is made up of many groups...

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Mar 26, 2014

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5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

Still lives are a staple of art education, but, boy, can they get boring in a hurry. Have you been using the same silk flowers and plastic fruit for the last ten years? Are you looking for a new way to introduce still life to students? The February issue of ARTnews inspired this list of ways to take these traditions from still life to STILL ALIVE!     1. Create a Time...

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Mar 25, 2014

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Maya Glyphs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Maya Glyphs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Colored Pencil Techniques, Craftsmanship Making Connections: Ancient Maya Writing * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson was the first I ever developed and taught as an elementary school art teacher. My fifth graders ate up the “secret code” aspect of...

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Mar 24, 2014

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See You at NAEA 2014!

See You at NAEA 2014!

      AOE is gearing up for the NAEA (National Art Education Association’s) Conference in San Diego this weekend! If you are going, the following will help guide you to important events happening for AOE fans. We can’t wait to meet you! If you can’t attend (which I know most of you can’t) no worries – You can follow along with our...

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Mar 24, 2014

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Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on th...

Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on the iPad

What’s the first question you ask when you see something done on an iPad? “What app is that?” We can’t help it. We’ve been brought up thinking this way. Just look at Apple’s slogan, “There’s an app for that!” But this is art. Forget the apps!   What if we spent more time creating instead of consuming? What if we placed the focus...

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