Feb 20, 2015

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Go Ahead, Let Your Students Google You

Go Ahead, Let Your Students Google You

  It never fails. No matter how much I hide out from my students on social media, someone inevitably finds me. There’s nothing like having one of your students say they Googled you and now know what the outside of your house looks like. After numerous Instagram and Facebook friend requests from my students (and even a pet dog?!) I decided to pull some social media into...

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Feb 19, 2015

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10 Lessons Art Educators Can Learn From The Waldor...

10 Lessons Art Educators Can Learn From The Waldorf Approach

Looking outside the field of art education is a great way to enhance your practice. There are so many wonderful connections to be made between art education and other philosophies of educational delivery — in general education, early childhood education, and beyond! The richer our research and breadth, the more we can bring to the table in our art rooms. One method that has...

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Feb 18, 2015

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7 Deceptively Simple Watercolor Techniques that Wi...

7 Deceptively Simple Watercolor Techniques that Will Amaze Your Students

Watercolor paint is by far my favorite medium in my classroom. The versatility, approachability, inexpensive cost and ease of clean-up make watercolor a sure bet for such a wide variety of projects. However, there is one thing that takes this fabulous medium to a level of unmatched proportions — mixing it with common household materials. From rice and oil to rubbing alcohol...

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Feb 18, 2015

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Painted Paper Landscape: Free Lesson Plan Download

Painted Paper Landscape: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space, Texture, Shape Art Skills: Watercolor, Collage Art History: Landscape Painting * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a sure thing when you are looking for a project to build student confidence with art making. Not only is working with watercolor in these unique ways very...

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Feb 17, 2015

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Great Giveaway: Kolormondo Color Globe

Great Giveaway: Kolormondo Color Globe

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Elaine, who takes away the secondary colors so her students have to mix them. Thanks for entering everyone! Are you as pumped as we are about the Kolormondo Color Globe after reading Tim’s article today? If so, you’re in luck! Kolormondo is giving away a 16cm color globe to one of our readers! Use it to explain color to your...

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Feb 17, 2015

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A Revolutionary Tool for Teaching Color

A Revolutionary Tool for Teaching Color

    Ahh, yes. The color wheel. The lesson where half the kids are bored because they’ve done it with every art teacher they’ve ever had, and the other half are in the corner asking, “Wait, if I mix blue and green, does that make yellow?” It is a lesson that needs an incredible amount of differentiation because of the various skill sets with which students enter,...

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Feb 16, 2015

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15 Things No One Tells You About Teaching Your Tou...

15 Things No One Tells You About Teaching Your Toughest Class

We all have those classes. Maybe you have a tough class once in a blue moon, maybe one every other semester, or maybe, it is much more frequent than that. They take an emotional toll on us. They make us question our effectiveness as teachers and even our career paths. But we are resilient. We wouldn’t be effective teachers without learning from and reflecting upon our...

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Feb 13, 2015

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Is Art Without Meaning Decoration?

Is Art Without Meaning Decoration?

I read a post online that stated, “Art without meaning is decoration.” The quote caused me to pause and consider the concept. Does all art have meaning? There are some obvious examples of art that incorporate meaning. Conceptual art fits the bill swimmingly. I considered the Impressionists. Though their art seems decorative in nature, their purpose was to capture the...

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Feb 12, 2015

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Yes! You Can Make Cool Artwork with Microsoft Pain...

Yes! You Can Make Cool Artwork with Microsoft Paint

How many of you love painting with paint?     Not that kind of paint!  This kind of paint!     The computer program, Paint! A few years ago, we started a new schedule in which I see my 6th graders for a quarter of “bonus art” every year. I saw this as an opportunity to start focusing on creating with technology. I knew I would only see the students a...

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Feb 11, 2015

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How an Artist-in-Residence Can Send Student Confid...

How an Artist-in-Residence Can Send Student Confidence Through the Roof

Having an artist-in-residence can be an incredibly rewarding experience for students as well as participating staff members. Artwork created under the hand of a practicing artist can lead to a collaborative culture that fosters art appreciation and increased student confidence through art making. There is always something magical about experiencing the creation of an artwork when...

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Feb 11, 2015

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Spreading Positivity, One Sticky Note at a Time

Spreading Positivity, One Sticky Note at a Time

I suppose the best description of this would be a guerilla art project, but however you might describe it, it started with a goal to spread positivity throughout our school. The original idea came from one of my students who had spent some time writing various positive messages on sticky notes.     We decided to take that idea and run with it. Everyone in class who...

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Feb 10, 2015

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Great Advice for Helping Students Deal with Bullie...

Great Advice for Helping Students Deal with Bullies and Meanies

    A few years ago, our district keynote was Rosalind Wiseman. She is the author of the extremely successful (and useful!) books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen. These books serve as a guide and a look into the complicated social world of boys and girls and the roles they play within groups and cliques. During our conversations about these books,...

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