Feb 1, 2016

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Wow Your Families With This Simple Collaborative A...

Wow Your Families With This Simple Collaborative Art Display

Editor’s Note: This week, we are going to be talking about how art can make an impact. Whether it’s in your school, community, or even the world, art has the power to do good. Today, Jennifer Borel starts us out with an easy way to brighten up your school and bring awareness to your art program. The approach of spring often means art show season. As much as I love...

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Jan 31, 2016

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AOE Winter 2016 Online Conference Recap

AOE Winter 2016 Online Conference Recap

  Yesterday, January 30th, was The Art of Education’s sixth online conference! Can you believe it?! With a record number of attendees registered (2,100+), the day was jam-packed with three special Featured Presenters as well as dozens of incredibly relevant topics curated to match the needs of educators just like you– art teachers! Let’s not forget that...

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Jan 29, 2016

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Why It’s Okay to Feel “Teacher Burnout...

Why It’s Okay to Feel “Teacher Burnout”

    Near the end of my undergraduate experience, an education professor decided it was his job to inform us of the cold, hard truth. He listed off statistics proclaiming a portion of us wouldn’t be hired upon graduation. Those who managed to secure employment would inevitably face “teacher burnout” and likely not make it past our fifth year of...

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Jan 28, 2016

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Frankenstein Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Frankenstein Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Value, Color Art Skills: Collage, Drawing Art History: Dada, Hannah Hoch   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Gridding is a great way for students to build their perceptive skills, but gridding exercises can often be boring. Plus, students can get frustrated  when the goal is to create a...

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Jan 28, 2016

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The Benefits of Investing in Your Career Now

The Benefits of Investing in Your Career Now

I come from a family of educators; my husband from a family of entrepreneurs. This can make for interesting fodder at family get-togethers. Some conversations are funny, others are uncomfortable, but one such conversation piqued my interest. The discussion centered around “earned income potential” and teachers’ strategic position to boost this potential. I...

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Jan 27, 2016

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The Art of Giving Meaningful Student Feedback

The Art of Giving Meaningful Student Feedback

The words we use with students have long-lasting power. They build or damage relationships and influence a child’s perception for years to come. The goal of feedback is to communicate information about learning. The trick is to make constructive feedback seem like a helpful hint, rather than criticism. To give students feedback that will make them thrive, try the following...

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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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