Jan 19, 2015

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The Top 5 Myths About Choice-Based Art Education

The Top 5 Myths About Choice-Based Art Education

Though the teaching philosophy has been around for years, Choice-Based teaching has recently become a hot topic in art education circles. Whether it be TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior), Modified Choice or even the Genius Hour, the concept of adding student- directed learning into the classroom has been up for debate. When discussing any current issue, it is not uncommon for the...

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Jan 18, 2015

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Finalists Announced and Voting Open! 2014 Art Ed B...

Finalists Announced and Voting Open! 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year

After pouring through an unprecedented number of outstanding nominations for our 2014 Blog of the Year Contest, the AOE committee has narrowed down each category to just 6-8 finalists based on the following criteria: Quality of Content and Photos, Consistency in Posting, Community Interaction and Overall Look and Feel. Now it’s YOUR chance to help decide which art ed blogs...

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Jan 16, 2015

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Doodle Tac-Toe: An Artsy Twist to a Classic Game!

Doodle Tac-Toe: An Artsy Twist to a Classic Game!

My students and I LOVE drawing games! The same company that brought us Whatchmadrawit, now brings us Doodle Tac-Toe!  Instead of using the standard X’s and O’s, players are prompted to mark the grid with simple, creative doodles. In this way, students can practice mini drawings of everyday things. They can also see how others may interpret these simple drawing prompts.  One...

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Jan 15, 2015

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The Perfect Project to Keep Your Middle Schoolers ...

The Perfect Project to Keep Your Middle Schoolers On Track

In any given middle school art class, students of all abilities, capacities and talents are part of the classroom environment. With so many skill levels present together, many times students find themselves far ahead in projects (or lagging way behind).   Keeping the class moving at a reasonable pace, all together, is not always possible.     One way I tackle this...

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Jan 14, 2015

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Are Art Contests Good or Evil?

Are Art Contests Good or Evil?

I’ll be honest, I hate contests. I don’t like the hoops contests make me and my students jump through to enter. I don’t like most of the themes or topics contests insist that we follow, either. Still, I can’t get away from them.     There are so many student art contests and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The only constant is...

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Jan 14, 2015

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Paper Mache Animal Trophies: Free Lesson Plan Down...

Paper Mache Animal Trophies: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Sculpture, Paper Mache, Design Art History: Andreas Scheiger * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Faux taxidermy is all the rage in home décor. Why not combine the trend with students’ interest and love of all things animal and create your own paper mache animal head trophies? The...

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Jan 13, 2015

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Have You Hugged a Blogger Lately?

Have You Hugged a Blogger Lately?

Bloggers are some of the most innovate, selfless and exciting people in art education today. They are encouraging us on bad days, providing ideas for our next art projects, and are overall cool people. Often, teachers come up to me and say “Oh, I got this great idea from Pinterest,” but in reality, they probably got the idea from a blogger, and Pinterest just helped them find...

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Jan 13, 2015

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How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Impact Your Art Pr...

How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Impact Your Art Program

We’re in that weird time of year where some folks (hi Elementary!) keep chugging along, while others (looking at you Middle and High School!) may be in a whirlwind of activity as classes change at the quarter or semester mark. So, today, I’d like to talk about something that you can use at the beginning of your time with students to really make an impact: The Welcome...

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Jan 12, 2015

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It’s Okay NOT to Have a TAB Classroom

It’s Okay NOT to Have a TAB Classroom

Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) seems to have become a groundswell in the world of art education, and it is beginning to feel like a tidal wave about to crash down on everyone involved. I love any teaching style that offers the agency, autonomy, and process that involves our students in the decision-making. TAB does some wonderful things, and I have respect for the concept,...

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Jan 11, 2015

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Nominations Now Open – 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Yea...

Nominations Now Open – 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year

  Nominations for Blog of the Year 2014 are now closed. Best of luck to everyone!   Here we go again! It’s time to open up the nominations for AOE’s 4th Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year contest! We’re shaking things up a bit this year with the format, but the event still remains the web’s only contest that exclusively honors Art Education blogs. If you’re new to...

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Jan 9, 2015

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11 Things Successful Teachers Do on the Weekend

11 Things Successful Teachers Do on the Weekend

The end of the day on Friday seems like the end of a long marathon. Exhaustion sets in, and you proceed with your Friday night like a zombie, crashing as soon as you can from the busy work week. By Saturday morning you are finally getting your mojo back, and by Sunday the work week dread sets in. We often think of our weekends as our saving grace. “I’ll save that for...

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Jan 8, 2015

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When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remember to Think Lik...

When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remember to Think Like a Minimalist

Teacher envy is an evil force with the power to take over your confidence. You’re exploring blogs, you’re browsing Pinterest, and suddenly, you come upon the blog of a teacher who did the exact same stop-motion animation project you did, only she did about 10 more things and took it to the next level. A small cloud forms over your head. “I suck. Why can’t I be...

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