Mar 27, 2015

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Tag it! An Interactive Experience For Your Classro...

Tag it! An Interactive Experience For Your Classroom

As artists and teachers, we know the power of collaboration. Collaborating with others allows us to test out and talk through ideas, gain valuable insight and feedback, and is often more enjoyable than working alone. In our classrooms, we can see the same effects on students during collaborative projects. Often, the outcomes of collaborative projects go way beyond what we ever...

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Mar 26, 2015

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Augmented Reality Can be a Reality in Your Art Cla...

Augmented Reality Can be a Reality in Your Art Classroom

Last fall, I attended a technology conference where I went to a session on augmented reality technology (AR) and how it can be used in the classroom. I was blown away by the possibilities of this tech concept and its ability to modify our students’ current reality into a compelling, virtual experience of interactive information.     What is Augmented Reality (AR)? If...

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Mar 25, 2015

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Technology and Art: Beyond the iPad

Technology and Art: Beyond the iPad

Editor’s Note: We’re taking the next few days to bring you some truly innovative ideas regarding art education and technology. You won’t want to miss it! Ian starts us off with a brand new way to think about tech in the art room.   In today’s art room, technology has become a method or tool for delivering and displaying art but not an actual part of...

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Mar 24, 2015

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A Brand New Way to Find Inspiring Content For Your...

A Brand New Way to Find Inspiring Content For Your Classroom

Do you know why Michelangelo snuck around at night to secretly carve his name in his Pieta sculpture? Do you think a painting could really foretell the death of an artist’s best friend? Do you know how a simple painting of a life buoy was able to undermine 10 years of John Constable’s work? These are some incredible hooks for art history, and they are part of a great...

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Mar 24, 2015

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Surrealist Zentangle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan D...

Surrealist Zentangle Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Drawing Art History: Surrealism * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This is a great project to connect to portrait drawing, pattern design and Surrealist art. Students love the freedom of completing the body to compliment the magazine cutout while the marker-bleeding...

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Mar 23, 2015

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How to Turn Your Students Into Neat Freaks

How to Turn Your Students Into Neat Freaks

When I was a kid, my sister used to vacuum her room in such a way that she would know if I had been in there simply by looking at the carpet. In her eyes, I was a complete mess while she was the family’s steadfast “neat freak.” Once college rolled around, I quickly learned that I either needed to start being organized or risk misplacing much of my stuff. Thus, my days of...

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Mar 22, 2015

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Recess Isn’t Just for Kids: The Importance of Adul...

Recess Isn’t Just for Kids: The Importance of Adult Recess

We send our students out to recess each day. While they play, what do we do? WORK! In today’s video tip, I want to talk about research-proven tips that show the importance of “Adult Recess” and making time for play in your day, especially when you are at your busiest.       What is one quick change you can implement to make time for a tiny bit of play in your...

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Mar 20, 2015

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24 Movies to Show in Your High School Art Room

24 Movies to Show in Your High School Art Room

Although movies are sometimes cast in a bad light by administrators and parents, we know that a good movie can help bring art to life. If you like to use occasional movies in your high school classroom, then this AOE List is for you! Thanks to all of our amazing FB fans that helped us put the list together. NOTE: Depending on your comfort level, the maturity of your students, and...

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Mar 19, 2015

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The Best Books to Read Aloud in Your High School A...

The Best Books to Read Aloud in Your High School Art Room

I have no problem with a loud art room. I rather like it, actually. Students in my room are active, they are learning, they are moving. They are noisy, they are messy, they are creating. Yet, I also enjoy a quiet art room a couple of times each week; I think it’s good for my students to have a balance. The question is, how do we manage that dichotomy? What can we do to give...

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Mar 18, 2015

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I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Clas...

I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Class and Lived to Tell the Tale

I recently completed AOE’s Choice Based Art Ed online course. I have never had a more reflective and productive professional development course in my career as an educator. But, I also haven’t experienced questioning my entire philosophy of teaching over the course of a single class. I entered the course with very little knowledge about TAB and choice-based approaches. I...

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Mar 18, 2015

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Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Pinch Pot Frogs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Techniques Making Connections: Science * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   There are so many fun things you can do with a Pinch Pot beyond the traditional little pot. One take on the pinch pot that all of your youngest students will love is the “Frog Pinch Pot.” In...

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Mar 17, 2015

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3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

3 Ways to Use Memes in the Art Room

You might adore them. You may despise them. Either way, memes are part of our contemporary Internet environment, and they are almost impossible to ignore. I figure, why not take full advantage of them since my middle schoolers are completely obsessed and crazed over memes? They pin them uncontrollably (usually ones about cats), they post them to our Edmodo class wall, and...

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