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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Nov 25, 2014

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YOU Can Change the World of Art Ed!

YOU Can Change the World of Art Ed!

Editor’s Note: This will be the last article from our writer Sarah. Sarah has been an amazing contributor and wish her the best in her next adventures!   Writing almost one hundred articles for The Art of Education over the past two years has been an incredible experience! I strived to write articles that helped other art teachers connect and improve their...

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Nov 24, 2014

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Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Minute Frenzy

Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Minute Frenzy

Have you been putting off tackling that junk drawer?  That pile of donated materials? The dreaded scrap bin? Whether you’re putting off a specific project you know you want to do or organizing in general, starting with a Five Minute Frenzy will give you the motivation  you need!   What is a Five Minute Frenzy, you ask? I recently heard about this fabulous motivation...

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