Oct 9, 2014

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LEGO Self-Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

LEGO Self-Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape Art Skills: Drawing, Painting, Design Making Connections: LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Who doesn’t love LEGOs?  This fun and engaging self-portrait lesson will have your students talking for months!  Tap into their interests and special knowledge about LEGO,...

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Oct 8, 2014

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3 Amazing Web Resources for Teachers on a Cart

3 Amazing Web Resources for Teachers on a Cart

As art teachers, we know that sometimes it’s tricky to feel like we belong at school. When you’re on a cart, it can be even more difficult because you don’t have a room to call your home. Today I’d like to share some of the best web resources for art teachers on a cart. Sometimes just knowing you aren’t alone in your situation can help get you through a tough...

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Oct 7, 2014

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5 Fantastic Lessons that Work On or Off a Cart

5 Fantastic Lessons that Work On or Off a Cart

    Sometimes the ideas we post on AOE very clearly will work best in a classroom situation. Today, we’d like to change that! Whether you are in an art room or travel on a cart, the materials and project ideas listed below will work for you and your students. All it takes is some thoughtful planning and organization. By now, you probably know I’m a huge advocate for...

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Oct 6, 2014

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Tips for Teaching Art on a Cart From a Seasoned Pr...

Tips for Teaching Art on a Cart From a Seasoned Pro

    Many art teachers take their rooms for granted. However, there are countless art teachers out there that live the nomadic life of teaching art from a cart. For those of you with rooms, the mere thought of art on a cart may be enough to make you shake in your apron. But sometimes, it’s the fear of the unknown that makes us so nervous. Today we’re talking to one...

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Oct 3, 2014

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Tool Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Tool Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Value Art Skills: Observational Drawing, Mark Making Art History: Jim Dine * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     I use these Tool Drawings as our first “real” project after we work on realism in my Drawing I class. We’ve already practiced shading, detail, and precision in other...

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Oct 2, 2014

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Get Art Supplies for Free With This Simple Tip

Get Art Supplies for Free With This Simple Tip

    What art teacher doesn’t love free stuff? Let’s be honest, the moment you step into a National or State Art Conference (or open your swag box from us!), and realize that vendors are giving away products for free, your eyes light up like a kid in a candy store. When you drive by that pile of “trash,” your mind lingers on what free goodies might await your art...

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Oct 1, 2014

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Glitter Without the Mess!

Glitter Without the Mess!

Glitter. Is there any art supply more divisive among art teachers? Whether you love it or hate it, one thing remains true: If you use glitter you NEED a plan. Perhaps you’ve sworn off glitter forever after your experiment with that one second grade class. Perhaps you love it but your custodian has said, “NO MORE.” Maybe some of you out there have even...

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Sep 30, 2014

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Teach Your Students to Draw Contour Lines

Teach Your Students to Draw Contour Lines

Teaching contour line is a simple way to hone students’ observational drawing skills, preparing them for more advanced drawing activities to come. Because the idea, drawing the outline of an object, is so simple, it can be difficult to find ways to teach it creatively. In addition, it sometimes is difficult for students to understand at first. You’ll always have a few...

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Sep 29, 2014

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The Ultimate Eraser Management Plan

The Ultimate Eraser Management Plan

Erasers can be the source of both serious debate and intense frustration among art teachers. They are so tricky to manage and use that some teachers elect to eliminate them from their classrooms completely! Erasers get destroyed and lost quicker than you can say, “That was a mistake!” So what is an eraser-loving teacher to do?   Follow these simple...

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Sep 26, 2014

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5 Ways to Take Wearable Art to the Next Level in Y...

5 Ways to Take Wearable Art to the Next Level in Your Art Room

For art teachers, the term “wearable art” probably evokes a vision of one of two things: an accidental collision of a new white shirt and a kindergartener’s art project or a tie-dye t-shirt. However, a closer look at the subject reveals a whole new world of art projects with roots in fashion and contemporary art. While some teachers have managed to create art projects that...

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Sep 25, 2014

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Giving Up Control, One Choice at a Time

Giving Up Control, One Choice at a Time

When I go to a restaurant, I often tell myself: You can have the bread basket or the wine, but not both. Choose one. This ‘either or’ method works well in many circumstances. Every day we make important choices that have long term ramifications, both in our life, and in the art room. If I decided to have the bread, wine and dessert, it would be fine, but isn’t...

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Sep 25, 2014

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Winter Courses Now Open for Enrollment!

Winter Courses Now Open for Enrollment!

AOE’s Winter Course Schedule is now released! You can get started planning your PD in December, January, and February.  The complete course schedule is detailed below: To learn more about our classes and how you can earn PDP’s, CEU’s, Contact Hours, or Grad Credits from home, click here. Questions about our classes and if they will work for your PD needs? Give...

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