Jul 3, 2015

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Back to School Deals and Steals for Art Teachers

Back to School Deals and Steals for Art Teachers

Whether we like it or not, back-to-school season is in full swing! Last week at my local superstore, I noticed that the garden section had transformed into a wonderland of crayons, paper, colored pencils and other supplies, all at great prices. Every year, I am a bit shellshocked at how early back-to-school season starts, but the good news is that it’s a great time to shop for...

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Jul 2, 2015

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AOE Summer Conference Schedule Released: Plan Your...

AOE Summer Conference Schedule Released: Plan Your Day!

The AOE Summer 2015 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 Thursday, July 16th, at 10:00am CST (11:00EST, 9:00MST, 8:00PST) and ends around 3:00pm...

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Jul 2, 2015

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Bleached T-Shirts: Free Lesson Plan Download

Bleached T-Shirts: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Elements: Shape and Space Art Skills: Drawing, Design Art History: Grafitti or Stencil Artists * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     This project will become a hit in your classroom year after year. If you don’t have the space or budget to screen print, this project provides students with a similar process and look....

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Jul 2, 2015

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Immerse Your Students in Art History with this Art...

Immerse Your Students in Art History with this Art Restoration Activity

Restoration can be a magical process, preserving artwork for future generations to enjoy. Or, it could go horribly wrong – Remember this?     Perhaps you saw this viral article from The Huffington Post last year, Elderly Woman’s Hilarious Failed Attempt At Restoring A 19th Century Fresco In Borja, Spain, and, like me, chuckled, but it’s truly no...

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Jul 1, 2015

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5 Ways to Get Inspired at a Summer Arts Festival

5 Ways to Get Inspired at a Summer Arts Festival

Summer is here, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of summer arts festivals. They usually involve a weekend full of food, entertainment, and most importantly, art. For art teachers, they can serve as a way to recharge, refresh, and get inspired.   Check out these 5 tips to make the most of your next summer arts festival.   1. Watch a...

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Jun 30, 2015

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3 Important Considerations For Developing Your Cur...

3 Important Considerations For Developing Your Curriculum

    As you design your ideal curriculum for the upcoming school year, it’s important to take into consideration the following three items:   1. WHAT You Teach What national, state and local standards and benchmarks do you incorporate? 2. HOW You Teach What educational approach or philosophy do you identify with? 3. WHY You Teach What inspires you? What excites...

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Jun 30, 2015

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Number Your Sinks for Easy Clean Up

Number Your Sinks for Easy Clean Up

Art teachers everywhere know that clean up can be chaotic in the art room. If you’re not careful, simple hand washing can get out of hand quickly. In my art room, I had an issue with kids swarming the sink area and creating general mayhem. I finally discovered an easy solution to help us out. Who knew taking 10 minutes to create a simple visual could make such a difference?...

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Jun 30, 2015

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3 Technology Tutorials for Techie Art Teachers

3 Technology Tutorials for Techie Art Teachers

While browsing Pinterest, we often see cool technology projects for the art room, but it’s sometimes difficult to figure out how they were made. Digital art can be a totally different beast, and the organization needed to pull it off can be daunting. The AOE 2015 Online Conference will feature forward-thinking art educators sharing HOW to quickly dive into innovative...

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Jun 29, 2015

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The Top 10 Podcasts for Art Teachers

The Top 10 Podcasts for Art Teachers

“Hey, everybody, this is Andrew McCormick.” If you didn’t know me, this might be how I would introduce myself to you. More recently, it’s been my opening greeting on AOE LIVE, a bi-monthly podcast produced by Tim Bogatz, another AOE team member, and myself. Here at AOE, we realize that podcasts are hot right now! Podcast apps are now coming standard on many...

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Jun 26, 2015

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5 Stellar Websites for Finding Artist Information

5 Stellar Websites for Finding Artist Information

As art teachers, we are blessed with a rich history of artists to show our students. In addition, we also have access to current artists creating relevant and beautiful work. Our challenge comes in exposing our students to all that the world of art has to offer. I checked in with the other writers from AOE to find out their favorite websites for finding artists, images of artist...

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Jun 25, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 9: “Envisioning the Future...

AOE LIVE: Episode 9: “Envisioning the Future of Art Education” with Ian Sands

  Ian Sands, the inventive, imaginative, and incredibly creative art teacher from Apex High School in North Carolina, joined Andrew and Tim to talk about his transition to choice-based teaching, his love of Zonkeys, why his art supply list comes from the hardware store. He also tries to answer one of the biggest questions out there–what should the future of art...

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Jun 25, 2015

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A Vision for Art Education Part Three: Authenticit...

A Vision for Art Education Part Three: Authenticity

    There is a renaissance happening in art education today. It’s a rebirth of concepts and methods that originated as grassroots efforts by art teachers in the 1970s but got overshadowed by the Getty Foundation and Discipline Based Arts Education (DBAE) in the 1980s. Like its beginnings, this renaissance is being led by art teachers who want more for their...

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