Jan 14, 2015

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Are Art Contests Good or Evil?

Are Art Contests Good or Evil?

I’ll be honest, I hate contests. I don’t like the hoops contests make me and my students jump through to enter. I don’t like most of the themes or topics contests insist that we follow, either. Still, I can’t get away from them.     There are so many student art contests and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The only constant is...

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Jan 14, 2015

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Paper Mache Animal Trophies: Free Lesson Plan Down...

Paper Mache Animal Trophies: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Sculpture, Paper Mache, Design Art History: Andreas Scheiger * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Faux taxidermy is all the rage in home décor. Why not combine the trend with students’ interest and love of all things animal and create your own paper mache animal head trophies? The...

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Jan 13, 2015

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Have You Hugged a Blogger Lately?

Have You Hugged a Blogger Lately?

Bloggers are some of the most innovate, selfless and exciting people in art education today. They are encouraging us on bad days, providing ideas for our next art projects, and are overall cool people. Often, teachers come up to me and say “Oh, I got this great idea from Pinterest,” but in reality, they probably got the idea from a blogger, and Pinterest just helped them find...

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Jan 13, 2015

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How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Impact Your Art Pr...

How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Impact Your Art Program

We’re in that weird time of year where some folks (hi Elementary!) keep chugging along, while others (looking at you Middle and High School!) may be in a whirlwind of activity as classes change at the quarter or semester mark. So, today, I’d like to talk about something that you can use at the beginning of your time with students to really make an impact: The Welcome...

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Jan 12, 2015

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It’s Okay NOT to Have a TAB Classroom

It’s Okay NOT to Have a TAB Classroom

Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) seems to have become a groundswell in the world of art education, and it is beginning to feel like a tidal wave about to crash down on everyone involved. I love any teaching style that offers the agency, autonomy, and process that involves our students in the decision-making. TAB does some wonderful things, and I have respect for the concept,...

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Jan 11, 2015

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Nominations Now Open – 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Yea...

Nominations Now Open – 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year

  Nominations for Blog of the Year 2014 are now closed. Best of luck to everyone!   Here we go again! It’s time to open up the nominations for AOE’s 4th Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year contest! We’re shaking things up a bit this year with the format, but the event still remains the web’s only contest that exclusively honors Art Education blogs. If you’re new to...

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Jan 9, 2015

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11 Things Successful Teachers Do on the Weekend

11 Things Successful Teachers Do on the Weekend

The end of the day on Friday seems like the end of a long marathon. Exhaustion sets in, and you proceed with your Friday night like a zombie, crashing as soon as you can from the busy work week. By Saturday morning you are finally getting your mojo back, and by Sunday the work week dread sets in. We often think of our weekends as our saving grace. “I’ll save that for...

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Jan 8, 2015

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When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remember to Think Lik...

When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remember to Think Like a Minimalist

Teacher envy is an evil force with the power to take over your confidence. You’re exploring blogs, you’re browsing Pinterest, and suddenly, you come upon the blog of a teacher who did the exact same stop-motion animation project you did, only she did about 10 more things and took it to the next level. A small cloud forms over your head. “I suck. Why can’t I be...

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Jan 8, 2015

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Panoramic Prints: Free Lesson Plan Download

Panoramic Prints: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Space Art Skills: Drawing, Printmaking, Composition Art History: Block Printing * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Too many times, we limit our students when we do printmaking. It seems like we never go beyond a 6″ x 9” linoleum block, and I rarely see any creative ideas. I decided one...

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Jan 7, 2015

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10 Tips to Handle an Imploding Art Lesson

10 Tips to Handle an Imploding Art Lesson

I could feel the beads of sweat building on the back of my neck as I watched twenty-six fourth graders stare at me and wonder why their clay projects were literally falling apart in their hands. I wanted nothing more than to hit the pause button on life and go bury myself deep in the corner of the art room. But that wasn’t an option. I had to think fast before the entire class...

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Jan 7, 2015

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How Your Teacher Librarian Can Make Your Life Awes...

How Your Teacher Librarian Can Make Your Life Awesome

Last month we featured a few articles about The Art of Building Relationships. I have another dynamic individual to add to your list. She and I already happen to be work besties, but our professional collaborations are pretty amazing too. She is… the Teacher Librarian! (Note: At your school this person may be known as the Resource Coordinator, LMC Personnel, Technology...

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Jan 6, 2015

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Winter Conference Schedule Released: Plan Your Day...

Winter Conference Schedule Released: Plan Your Day!

The AOE 2015 Winter Online Conference is only a few weeks away! Today, we’re releasing the official conference schedule so you can review all of the great presentations and begin to plan your day! All of the times below are based on Central Time (CST, GMT-6). The Conference begins on Saturday, January 31st at 10:00am CST (11:00EST, 9:00MST, 8:00PST) and ends around 3:00pm...

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