Jul 16, 2014

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Yes, You Can Write a TAB Lesson Plan

Yes, You Can Write a TAB Lesson Plan

There are many teachers hoping to try out a TAB model in their classrooms that get stuck at step one: Lesson Planning. How do you create a lesson when the kids are supposed make most of the decisions? Is “TAB Lesson Plan” an oxymoron? I don’t think so. Looking at it from the perspective of a project manager can help you design a TAB lesson that gives your students the...

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Jul 15, 2014

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The Clay Storage Solution You’ve Been Waitin...

The Clay Storage Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

Do you dread your clay units because of the hassle involved? Maybe the mere mention of the words clay unit gets your heart racing as you think about your struggle with organization. Numerous “no names,” projects drying out before students are finished, or the inability to even start a project because it would take weeks to complete are enough to make any teacher say, “ No...

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Jul 14, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Welcome to the second installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, your place to sound off on some of the most controversial topics in art ed. Last week, we looked at Follow-the-Teacher Lessons. This week, Ian is bringing us the ins and outs of using gridding to help students draw. Be sure to let us know what you think about gridding in the comments below! Please remember to keep the comment...

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Jul 11, 2014

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You DO Like Recess Duty!

You DO Like Recess Duty!

Editor’s Note: Today we’re bringing you a fun new summer series. No, we didn’t forget the “not” in the title.  Today Sarah is going to argue that you really DO like recess duty! Every Friday this month, we’ll be bringing you the flip side of a topic we usually think of as annoying or inconvenient. Let us know what you think in the...

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Jul 10, 2014

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Illuminated Initials: Free Lesson Plan Download

Illuminated Initials: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line Art Skills: Drawing, Design Art History: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a fantastic tie-in to Medieval studies. Students are invested right away because they are designing one of their own initials. Using gold, silver or sparkle Scratchboard...

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Jul 9, 2014

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Would You Let an Unenrolled Student Stay in Your C...

Would You Let an Unenrolled Student Stay in Your Class?

There is a scene in my all time favorite movie, Mean Girls, where the Math teacher Sharon Norbury (Tina Fey) has the students confess to rumors they have spread and apologize to those they’ve wronged. Several of the main characters speak to their peers. Then one girl, who hasn’t appeared in the movie at all, addresses the group: Crying Girl: I wish we could all get along...

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Jul 8, 2014

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15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art T...

15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher

We all know there are unknowns with any career path we choose. How we handle those unknowns can really impact our attitudes towards our professions. While I like to choose to handle curveballs with humor, I sometimes wish that I had had a cheat sheet when starting out. Here are 15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher. Add your own in the comments below!...

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Jul 8, 2014

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Check Out These Hilarious Museum Challenge Submiss...

Check Out These Hilarious Museum Challenge Submissions!

To be honest, when we put out our Museum Challenge, we weren’t sure what we would get. Would anyone participate? Would people be able to dig up photos quickly enough? Well, with 80 amazing submissions, those worries were put to rest. Here are 5 honorable mentions and the big winner!   Honorable Mentions   Lindsey Jenkins Gerow : with Matisse’s The Dance at the...

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Jul 7, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher Lessons

Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher Lessons

Hey AOE Readers! We’ve noticed something interesting about the art ed world. For a group of individuals with a common goal, it’s amazing how different we really are. There are so many passionate opinions about how to deliver the best possible art education to our students. That’s why, we’re introducing a new feature for you today. Welcome to “Rocks vs. Sucks,” articles...

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Jul 4, 2014

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An Insider Pass to Some Amazing Patriotic Portrait...

An Insider Pass to Some Amazing Patriotic Portraits

Recently, we featured the outstanding resource Google Cultural Institute, which brings you inside amazing museums all over the world. You may have explored the The Met and The VanGogh Museum, but did you know you can also take an up close and personal tour of The White House? Besides getting an inside peek at the architecture and decor, there is access to almost 150 pieces of art...

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Jul 3, 2014

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Video: My Favorite Simple Visuals for the Art Room

Video: My Favorite Simple Visuals for the Art Room

If you have limited wall space in your art room,  you must be selective with types of posters that are worthy of your precious wall real estate. This is why I’ve always had a set or two of Crystal Art Display Cards hanging in my art room. They are small in size, and hit on almost every vocabulary word, art history period (I used them as my art room timeline) and media you...

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Jul 2, 2014

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Do You Know About this Amazing Hour of PD for Art ...

Do You Know About this Amazing Hour of PD for Art Teachers?

  The Behind-the-Scenes Story In July of 2012, Sarah Doane (@SaDoane) sat at her computer in her art room, alone. As she scrolled through Twitter, she read tweets by other teachers bragging about their common planning time. Sarah was the only art teacher in her building. She had no other art teachers to share ideas with, to plan with or to learn from. Sarah felt isolated and...

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