Dec 9, 2014

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3 Ways to Transform Toys from Playthings to Learn...

3 Ways to Transform Toys from  Playthings to Learning Tools

Editor’s Note: Today we’re thrilled to welcome a new member to our AOE Writing Team. Tracy Hare comes to us from Minnesota and is passionate about teaching 21st Century Skills and creative problem solving in her middle school classroom. To learn more about Tracy, click here. Let’s give her a warm welcome as she shares some genius ways to use toys in the...

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Dec 8, 2014

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Another 12 Days of Photoshop

Another 12 Days of Photoshop

    Last season, we released an exciting way for your students to review many of the Photoshop tips and tricks they learned in Computer Art class. We called it the 12 Days of Photoshop! Each day for the 12 days leading up to winter break, students were asked to complete a task. They only had one day to think of an idea and create it in Photoshop. The response to the 12...

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Dec 5, 2014

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5 Fun Field Trips to Take as an Art Department

5 Fun Field Trips to Take as an Art Department

If most of your professional development sessions take place in a conference room with white walls or in someone’s art room with a million distractions and uncomfortable stools, you aren’t alone! These are the most common venues for PD, and they can be quite uninspiring. When my art department started to get restless with ‘status quo’ Professional...

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Dec 4, 2014

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Help Your Students Dig Deeper with Drama Notebook

Help Your Students Dig Deeper with Drama Notebook

I’ve been thinking recently about some possibilities for cross-curricular connections for my classroom. Generally, my ideas gravitate toward the “core” subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. While those subjects inherently align with art, I realized my attention could turn to another subject and another question: what can I do with performing...

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Dec 4, 2014

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Winter Birch Trees: Free Lesson Plan Download

Winter Birch Trees: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Fine Motor, Painting, Observation Making Connections: Winter, Nature * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This lesson is great for introducing students to the concept of observation. You can have students observe how birch trees are different than other trees, observe the...

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Dec 3, 2014

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15 Gifts to Buy for Your Artsy Friends This Holida...

15 Gifts to Buy for Your Artsy Friends This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again! Finding just the right gifts for those nearest and dearest to you can be a struggle, especially with thousands of options available to you online. Yesterday, Jen shared some great DIY gifts. But what if you don’t have the time or energy!? This year, I wanted to save you a little trouble.   Below are 15 great gifts for your artsy...

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Dec 2, 2014

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Five Budget-Friendly Gifts to Make for the Holiday...

Five Budget-Friendly Gifts to Make for the Holiday Season

  If anyone has a right to handout homemade gifts this holiday season it’s art teachers. Let’s be honest, when we were young most of us partook in the “make-your-own-homemade-popsicle-stick-artwork-for-your-mom” gift. When I was a kid, I even went as far as wrapping up a candle for my mom that she had up on display in the house. You better believe she was...

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Dec 1, 2014

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10 Ways to Artistically Give Back this Season

10 Ways to Artistically Give Back this Season

Whether or not you celebrate a specific holiday during the winter months, it’s easy to agree that the focus on giving is a positive thing. We often give of our personal time or money, but what about helping your students give back using your classroom as a vehicle? Wouldn’t that be awesome?   Below are 10 ways you and your students can artistically give back this...

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Nov 28, 2014

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Become a Classroom Management Ninja with ClassDojo

Become a Classroom Management Ninja with ClassDojo

ClassDojo has the potential to revolutionize your classroom. I’ve said before that when we come across things we know will make your job easier we want to shout it from the rooftops, and ClassDojo is no exception.   What is ClassDojo?   ClassDojo is an innovative Classroom Management tool that you can use to track behavior and engagement in your art room. ClassDojo puts...

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Nov 28, 2014

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50 Objects Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

50 Objects Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Composition Art History: Pieter Bruegel * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   I use this lesson as a “break” from the realistic, precise graphite drawings we do to begin the semester. When I tell the students we are doing a simple, cartoony, colorful, easy...

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Nov 27, 2014

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A Genius Way to Keep the Art Room Quiet

A Genius Way to Keep the Art Room Quiet

Editor’s Note: Today we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our wonderful readers and fans. You are what makes AOE truly special! We hope you get the relaxing break you deserve. Jen’s here today with a fantastic tip to keep your art room quiet…perfect for the holiday nuttiness that’s upon us!     Have you ever had a class...

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Nov 26, 2014

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Fixed v. Growth Mindset: What Does it Mean for the...

Fixed v. Growth Mindset: What Does it Mean for the Art Room?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been bombarded over the past couple of years with information about the Fixed v. Growth Mindset. This is a theory that comes from Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford, that has been spreading through educational circles like wildfire. According to Dweck, those with a fixed mindset believe that your intelligence is innate and cannot be...

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