Jun 22, 2015

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Great Giveaway: Class Set of Measure by Color Rule...

Great Giveaway: Class Set of Measure by Color Rulers

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sofia who mentioned Piet Mondrian as being a great artist to bridge art and math. Thanks for entering, everyone!   Have you read Jennifer’s article about the Measure by Color Ruler today? Are you excited to try this amazing innovative tool in your classroom? Yes? Well, then, you’re in luck!   Today we’re...

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Jun 22, 2015

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Solve Your Ruler Problems With This Innovative New...

Solve Your Ruler Problems With This Innovative New Tool

    “I’m going to show you all how we can use math measurements in art.” No other phrase takes my students’ mood from anticipation to dread faster. On the other hand, that very same phrase has the general education teachers and administrators in my building shouting for joy. Although we somehow always make it through projects requiring rulers semi-successfully, I...

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Jun 19, 2015

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5 Ways to Help Your Students Take More Risks in th...

5 Ways to Help Your Students Take More Risks in the Art Room

I recently spoke with author and co-founder of Access Art Paula Briggs about her new book Drawing Projects for Children. Reading this book reminded me why our work as art educators is so important. Not only is the book filled with stunning lesson ideas, Paula also invites readers to think deeply about how those lessons are presented.  You see, Paula believes, “For children...

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Jun 19, 2015

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Color Mixing Gumballs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Color Mixing Gumballs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Cutting, Gluing Art History: Wayne Thiebaud   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Looking for a fun, new way to teach the secondary colors to your younger grades? Students will love mixing and printing the primary and secondary colors in this lesson! Sneak in the elements...

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Jun 18, 2015

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Shhh…Shop Here for Amazing Art Finds

Shhh…Shop Here for Amazing Art Finds

As I was strolling through my favorite bookstore, my keen art eye was catching glimpses of FANTASTIC art-related items! We all know there are amazing art books out there, but I also found items that spark creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They build upon art concepts and techniques. So, the next time you’re looking for gifts, don’t forget to check out...

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Jun 18, 2015

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3 Things You May Not Know About Your Youngest Stud...

3 Things You May Not Know About Your Youngest Students

Many of us are certified to teach preschool students through high school students. What a range! Leaving college, many of us feel fairly prepared to teach school-age children, but those early childhood kids remain a mystery to us. Some teachers fall back on craft projects, thinking googly eyes and stamps are where it’s at. There’s certainly nothing wrong with those types of...

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Jun 17, 2015

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5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photogra...

5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photography Students

I launched a new digital arts curriculum this year, and digital photography was a big part of it. Everyone claims they know how to take good quality photos. It’s so easy nowadays with the advent of smartphones. Just point, click, slap on a filter, and you’ve got an amazing photo, right? We art teachers know differently. We know there’s more to taking a stunning photo than...

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Jun 16, 2015

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Set Up Stations in No Time With This Simple Trick

Set Up Stations in No Time With This Simple Trick

Do you struggle to find time to set up prepared, quality projects with your back-to-back classes? Are you tired of hastily gathering materials for your next class as they’re walking in the door? The video below provides solutions to your set-up woes! These suggestions can work for daily set-up, centers, or even entire units!     The bins featured are stackable, which...

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Jun 16, 2015

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What’s it Like to Be an Art Teacher at a Mon...

What’s it Like to Be an Art Teacher at a Montessori School?

I’m glad you asked! Many art educators teach in what we call ‘traditional’ art education roles at public or private K-12 schools. But there are definitely art teachers out there who teach art in nontraditional and creative schools. It’s fascinating to learn from them and see how ‘the other side lives.’ Today I am bringing you the story of...

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Jun 15, 2015

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A Must-Read Guide for Artistic Summer Vacations

A Must-Read Guide for Artistic Summer Vacations

Summer is a great time to refresh, renew, and relax. For a lot of us, that is accomplished with 2 things: art and travel. We decided to ask a few art teachers from around the country the best places to visit if you’re in their areas. However, we’re not talking about the  MoMA or the Art Institute here.     We’re looking for unique, creative places that you may not...

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Jun 12, 2015

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Bring Famous Art to Your Students with a Traveling...

Bring Famous Art to Your Students with a Traveling Exhibit!

Nothing comes close to viewing the original work of the old masters. Knowing the historical and artistic context it was created in and then seeing the ‘real thing’ right in front of you is like no other experience. For so many of our students, however, this opportunity never becomes a reality. Seeing artwork of this caliber is not something that is easily accessible or...

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Jun 11, 2015

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Why You Should Ask Your Students to Rate Their Pro...

Why You Should Ask Your Students to Rate Their Projects

For the last day of 5th-grade art this year, I had my students gather up all their artwork from the year and select one project that they enjoyed the most. They had to photograph it, edit the photo, upload it to Artsonia and write a personal reflection on why it was their favorite. I wanted to see what they had to say about what we had done this year. As I read through their 300+...

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