Feb 3, 2014

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AOE Wants to Know: What Does Leadership Look Like ...

AOE Wants to Know: What Does Leadership Look Like For You?

I probably haven’t done a great job of broadcasting it here on AOE, but I have a new role with my district this year. I am now the Visual Arts Curriculum Coordinator, meaning I am out of the classroom and working with and for teachers across our district. I run professional developments, make district-wide curricular decisions, support teachers with instructional and management...

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Jan 31, 2014

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Organize Your Piles in 5 Minutes or Less!

Organize Your Piles in 5 Minutes or Less!

Recently, I was getting overwhelmed by my growing collection of signs that I put up with my student’s artwork in the hallway. The signs feature important information about the displayed projects such as the image or concept that inspired the work and the grade level that completed it. I like to keep them especially if they feature a project that was successful and effective. I...

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Jan 30, 2014

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A Fun New Way to Teach Art History!

A Fun New Way to Teach Art History!

Trying to sneak vegetables into my son’s diet is like trying to sneak art history into my visual arts curriculum. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems, and he gets bored of the same old vegetable, much like my students get bored when I teach art history the same way. Therefore, I frequently try to find new, unique, and hidden ways to incorporate more art history into...

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Jan 29, 2014

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The Unexpected “Perks” of Being an Art...

The Unexpected “Perks” of Being an Art Teacher

It’s really easy to focus on the negatives of teaching art. Large class sizes, other teachers always asking to borrow our limited supplies, lack of administrative support and a lack of respect for what we do are all valid complaints. Continuously focusing on the negatives can make us  forget about all the fun perks and the POSITIVES of having the best job in the world....

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Jan 28, 2014

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Expressive Skittle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Dow...

Expressive Skittle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Color Art Skills: Photo Manipulation, Color Theory, Mosaics Art History: Mosaics * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Like we talked about yesterday, I would never do this project again. However, if you are crazy enough to try it, here are a few helpful hints. 1. Gluing down the Skittles is a time...

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Jan 27, 2014

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Nominations Now Open – 2013 Art Ed Blog of t...

Nominations Now Open – 2013 Art Ed Blog of the Year

It’s that time of year again time to open up nominations for AOE’s 3rd Annual “Art Ed Blog of the Year” contest — the blogosphere’s only contest for exclusively honoring Art Education blogs. Wondering what this is all about?  - see the winners from 2011 and 2012. We’re looking for your nomination for the Top Art Ed Blogs of the Year for 2013.  The winners will...

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Jan 27, 2014

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AOE’s Ian Sands Wrote a Book! Read All About...

AOE’s Ian Sands Wrote a Book! Read All About It!

Editor’s Note: Today’s article is an excerpt from the book “Project Flop: Good Lessons From a Bad Art Teacher” by our very own Ian Sands. AOE Conference participants received this great read as a freebie. If you missed the Conference, you can still get Ian’s new book by clicking here.  An Excerpt From Project Flop – Chapter 5: Skittle...

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Jan 26, 2014

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2014 Winter Conference Recap!

2014 Winter Conference Recap!

On January 25th, The Art of Education was proud to host the second ever AOE Online Conference, just for art teachers! We had over 1,300 register to attend, and 900+ join us for the live event. Maybe you attended, followed the hashtag #aoeconference on Twitter, or saw your favorite bloggers posting about the conference. Today we want to recap the event for you!   Our...

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Jan 25, 2014

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It’s Conference Day!

It’s Conference Day!

Today is the day: The AOE 2014 Winter Online Conference!  We can’t wait to share over 20 presentations, 35 Handouts, 15 plus swag/giveaways, and a LOT of new ideas with over 1300 art teachers from around the globe today! If you are registered for the conference and haven’t yet received your conference access information, first check your junk or spam folder, or if you...

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Jan 24, 2014

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Do You Know the “Classroom Management Secret...

Do You Know the “Classroom Management Secret?” – Book Review

Classroom management isn’t going away. No matter how many years you’ve been teaching, a new tip or two never hurts! How about 45? One of my favorite authors, Michael Linsin, has a brand new book out called The Classroom Management Secret: And 45 Other Keys to a Well-Behaved Class. Watch the video below as I talk about some of the 45 Keys and how you can use them in the...

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Jan 23, 2014

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Grant Wood Ceramic Landscapes: Free Lesson Plan Do...

Grant Wood Ceramic Landscapes: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Ceramics Art History: Grant Wood * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Grant Wood’s landscape paintings serve as an excellent motivation for this clay project. If you have students from Iowa or the Midwest, they will be naturally drawn to this project because of the local connection....

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Jan 22, 2014

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The Mounting Putty Your Walls Are BEGGING For!

The Mounting Putty Your Walls Are BEGGING For!

Meet your new best friend in the art room! Recently I was asked how I was able to keep my posters up in my room in the Poster Predicament article. I have to absolutely RAVE about the Scotch Mounting Putty by 3M. I bought it on a whim, at Office Depot, my first year of teaching in order to start setting up my art room. Except for extreme weather changes affecting two to three of my...

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