Apr 9, 2015

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Yarn and Foil Relief: Free Lesson Plan Download

Yarn and Foil Relief: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Space Art Skills: Composition, Color Usage Art History: Stained Glass * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page The results of this project are something between stained glass and cloisonné. In fact, you can study both as inspiration before you begin. Viewers will ponder how your students made the...

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Apr 8, 2015

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The Best Shoes for Art Teacher Feet

The Best Shoes for Art Teacher Feet

    As art teachers, we put a constant strain on our bodies during the school day. Lugging supplies and standing for hours on end can leave us battered and beaten by the last bell. There is one thing, however, that we have total control over that can lessen the physical toll we all pay — our shoes. Maybe you’ve received (or given) some advice about wearing...

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Apr 7, 2015

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5 Things to Know About Arts Integration

5 Things to Know About Arts Integration

Arts Integration, in which the arts are used across the curriculum to establish new avenues for learning, has been gaining a lot of traction lately in the world of education. More and more Arts Integration programs are being developed across the country, including initiatives to help improve achievement in California, and are being cited by the White House as a successful part of...

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Apr 6, 2015

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8 Fundamental Routines That Will Transform Your Ar...

8 Fundamental Routines That Will Transform Your Art Room

    Art class can be a messy whirlwind of chaos if expectations and routines aren’t established or consistent. Routines provide sanity and safety for both the teacher and the students. When students know what is expected of them, there’s less room for confusion, and in turn, less room for misbehavior.   Below are the essential routines that allow my art room to...

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Apr 3, 2015

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8 Classic Painting Techniques from The Masters to ...

8 Classic Painting Techniques from The Masters to Teach Today

When it comes to teaching “The Masters” most of us resort to sharing their most popular work, doing a quick project and calling it a day. Starry Night, anyone? If you’ve had the chance to browse the popular blog Painted Paper you will notice just the opposite. Creative leader, Laura Lohmann has the ability to teach “The Masters”  (techniques, art...

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Apr 3, 2015

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How to Get Your Admin to Finally Respect You!

How to Get Your Admin to Finally Respect You!

While recently attending NAEA’s convention in New Orleans, an art teacher from Colorado approached me after one of my sessions with an amazing story about how her art department FINALLY gained the respect for which they had been working.     You see, it all started when her art department enrolled in AOE’s class, Showing Student Growth in Art. Throughout the...

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Apr 2, 2015

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What is YOUR Most Embarrassing Art Teacher Moment?

What is YOUR Most Embarrassing Art Teacher Moment?

My eyes cracked opened from the dark place I had just been. I felt dizzy and disoriented. I tried piecing thoughts through my head, but I couldn’t seem to make sense of anything. My eyes landed on the phone which was dangling from its cord off the desk. I remembered something. I was trying to make a call. There was someone important I needed to talk to. But all I could...

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Apr 2, 2015

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The Biggest Complaint We Receive About AOE Classes

The Biggest Complaint We Receive About AOE Classes

When you first register for any type of class or workshop, one of the big questions you have is about the workload: Will this be a joke? Will it be a bunch of tests and papers? Will it be worth my time? Will I learn something new? Will it have a bunch of busy work? Shudder.   My own personal gripe about PD is that it often fails to connect to the audience in a meaningful...

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Apr 1, 2015

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Pinterest Shut Down Has Art Teachers Searching for...

Pinterest Shut Down Has Art Teachers Searching for Immediate Alternatives

With the news breaking late last night that Pinterest will be shut down for good within the next 7 days, art teachers around the world have been scrambling to download their necessary files and searching for alternative methods of saving and sharing their favorite lessons, links, and inspirations.     In a surprising announcement yesterday evening, a...

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Mar 31, 2015

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Decoding the ABCs of Education

Decoding the ABCs of Education

    My mom works at a newspaper. My dad runs a lumberyard. My brother is a banker and his wife works in insurance. My other brother sells tractors while his wife is a nurse. My husband owns a painting company. I could go on, but you can see that I spend a lot of time with people who are not in art education. There are times when I am talking about work and they will...

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Mar 31, 2015

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Blind Contour Bobble Head Drawings: Free Lesson Pl...

Blind Contour Bobble Head Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line Art Skills: Blind contour drawing, collage Making Connections: Language Arts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page We all know that it’s beneficial for students to have a variety of drawing skills in their “drawing toolkits.” This lesson is a fun way for them to express their...

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Mar 30, 2015

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NAEA15 in Review: Big Moments, Takeaways, and Unto...

NAEA15 in Review: Big Moments, Takeaways, and Untold Stories

Editor’s Note: This article was written by AOE writer Ian Sands and AOE instructor Nic Hahn. Both had a blast at the 2015 NAEA Convention and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with you today!      If you were looking for just one word to describe New Orleans, “colorful” would certainly fit the bill. Add a few thousand art...

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