Mar 18, 2015

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Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Techniques Making Connections: Science * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   There are so many fun things you can do with a Pinch Pot beyond the traditional little pot. One take on the pinch pot that all of your youngest students will love is the “Frog Pinch Pot.” In...

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Mar 17, 2015

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3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

You might adore them. You may despise them. Either way, memes are part of our contemporary Internet environment, and they are almost impossible to ignore. I figure, why not take full advantage of them since my middle schoolers are completely obsessed and crazed over memes? They pin them uncontrollably (usually ones about cats), they post them to our Edmodo class wall, and...

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Mar 16, 2015

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Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art Teacher

Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art Teacher

I learn so much from my online community of art educators. I don’t think I would have the same amount of passion or joy for my job without them. Their blog posts, tweets and Instagram pictures inspire me. They understand and share the uniqueness that is teaching art. But I have a confession… There are times when I see all the amazing things other art teachers are doing and...

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Mar 15, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Ep. 2 – Where Do You Find Inspirat...

AOE LIVE: Ep. 2 – Where Do You Find Inspiration? with Jen Dahl

Andrew and Tim join forces for the “official” debut of AOE Live, taking on the topic of Inspiration. Jen Dahl joins the guys for an in-depth conversation about personal teaching style, where we find our inspiration as art teachers, and how inspiration affects us in both the short-term and long-term. And can we figure out why Andrew never fully plans his lessons? . WATCH...

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Mar 13, 2015

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Download the 2015 AOE Course Catalog

Download the 2015 AOE Course Catalog

As you are planning your summer professional development, be sure to download and print off the first ever AOE Course Catalog! The 20 plus page AOE 2015 Course Catalog will make its print debut at NAEA in New Orleans at the AOE booth. If you are there, swing by to grab your copy. If you can’t make it, you can download the entire catalog right here in a handy PDF. Print or...

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Mar 13, 2015

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What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the A...

What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room?

A number of years ago, when my district was organizing an introduction of a 1:1 iPad program, I was asked if I was willing to give up my entire art supply budget to help fund the cost of the new technology. Although I was excited about the possibility of my students always having tech access, I was completely dumbfounded at the idea of how and why we would use an 8″ screen...

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Mar 12, 2015

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Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Everyone likes Pinterest, but it has produced an art quandary in my life. I kicked off the new semester of my high school art class with a unit on text art. In short, I asked my students to create a work of art using only text. Most students came up with original ideas, but a few students found ideas on Pinterest and wanted to emulate the concepts. I’m sure you have seen the type...

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Mar 12, 2015

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Architectural Reflection Prints: Free Lesson Plan ...

Architectural Reflection Prints: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Watercolor, Printmaking Art History: Architecture * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This is an engaging project when you are looking for a collaborative work with which all students can feel successful. These look great displayed together as a continuous...

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Mar 11, 2015

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“Hey–Quit Sniffing That!”–...

“Hey–Quit Sniffing That!”–A Guide to the Art Room’s Hazardous Materials

Do you ever have that nightmare? No, not the one where you forgot your pants–the one where the kids are taking over your art room. Two kids are having an X-ACTO knife fight in the corner, another is playing hide-and-seek inside the kiln, a group in the back are busy spray painting each other, and that last one is about to drink the paint thinner. You ever have that...

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Mar 10, 2015

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10 Storage Hacks for the Art Room

10 Storage Hacks for the Art Room

Let’s face it — as art teachers we have a lot of STUFF. The key is to organize our glorious abundance of materials in accessible and efficient ways. Below are some of my favorite storage hacks for the art room. The best part about most of these is that they are student-friendly too!     1. Store “like” objects together. Like my cart article suggests, keep...

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Mar 9, 2015

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3 Tips for Getting into an Organizational Mindset

3 Tips for Getting into an Organizational Mindset

Editor’s Note: We’re going to take the next few days to focus on organization. Today, Alecia starts us off with some great tips to get into an organizing mood, because, as we all know, just starting a project is half the battle! In addition, don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s great tips for staying organized day-to-day in your...

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Mar 9, 2015

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An Easy-Peasy Way to Prep for Your Day

An Easy-Peasy Way to Prep for Your Day

When I was student teaching, my cooperating teacher always made it a point to prepare for the next school day before she went home. It appealed to me that she was already ready for the day no matter if she walked in fifteen minutes early or right as the bell was ringing. Now that I have been teaching on my own for a while, I find that sometimes I have to leave school right when the...

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