Apr 9, 2014

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Conquer Batik with this Handy Resource Guide 

Conquer Batik with this Handy Resource Guide 

Batik is the art of using wax resist and dye to decorate fabric. The art of batik has been practiced for centuries all over in the world, predominately in Asia and Africa. Including a batik lesson in your art curriculum allows you to teach the history of batik specific to a region of your choice. The beauty of teaching batik is the cross curricular connections. The downside is that...

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Apr 8, 2014

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Great Giveaway: Over $100 Worth of Culture Materia...

Great Giveaway: Over $100 Worth of Culture Materials for Your Classroom!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Marie E. who said she loves to inspire her students with Oaxacan animals! This month’s giveaway comes courtesy of Roylco, a family owned business that has been, “helping teachers make education exciting, engaging and creative since 1969”. They have over 500 products that have a wide variety of classroom uses. Roylco is giving...

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Apr 8, 2014

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Pysanky Eggs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pysanky Eggs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space and Line Art Skills: Drawing, Wax Resist, Cutting Making Connections: Pysanky Eggs, Ukrainian Culture * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is great for spring because it incorporates the egg, something many of our students are familiar with decorating around the Easter holiday. It’s nice to...

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Apr 7, 2014

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3 Easy Ways to Add More Arts and Culture to Your C...

3 Easy Ways to Add More Arts and Culture to Your Classroom

Editor’s Note: This week we’ll be focusing on culture in the art room. Be sure to come back each day for lively discussions, tips, lesson plans and of course, for a Great Giveaway tomorrow! You won’t want to miss it! AOE writer Sarah starts off the week with some simple strategies to help students really connect to other cultures through arts...

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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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