Jan 23, 2015

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3 Ways Social Learning Platforms Can Enhance Your ...

3 Ways Social Learning Platforms Can Enhance Your Teaching

If you haven’t been exposed to social LMS’s (Learning Management Systems) like Edmodo and Schoology, it’s time you take a look at what these wildly popular sites can do for your art classroom. I have been using Edmodo in my classroom for a few years now. Edmodo allows me to set up private class groups that both students and parents join with a signup code. Signing up is...

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Jan 23, 2015

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Color Wheel Fish: Free Lesson Plan Download

Color Wheel Fish: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Cutting and Gluing Making Connections: Science, Ocean * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Color theory is a common theme in nearly every art curriculum. A few years ago I stumbled across this cute idea on Pinterest. After poor results with my original project mixing primary,...

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Jan 22, 2015

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Push Your Students with an Art Room Challenge

Push Your Students with an Art Room Challenge

There are times when planning lessons that I come up with an idea that would be a-m-a-z-i-n-g but simply isn’t doable with 600 students. Sometimes the lesson would require us using the computer lab for too long: 3 class periods a day, everyday, for 3 weeks= frustrated coworkers. Sometimes the lesson would require too much time: 300+ clay pieces requiring the proper moisture...

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Jan 21, 2015

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I Have the Next Picasso in My Room – Now Wha...

I Have the Next Picasso in My Room – Now What?

We all know the story of Picasso–precocious wunderkind, doing incredible work by age 12, quickly becoming world-famous, and widely regarded as one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen (personally, he wouldn’t be in my top 100, but that’s a discussion for a different day). Do you ever feel like you have that type of kid in your...

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Jan 20, 2015

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What Happens When A Student Is A Better Artist Tha...

What Happens When A Student Is A Better Artist Than You?

Most art teachers are also practicing artists, and we each have our own strengths. We often have students that share those strengths, and we can always help them improve. On rare occasions, however, we have a student come along that is even better than we are with certain media or techniques.   So the question arises: what happens in your classroom when a student is a better...

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Jan 19, 2015

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The Top 5 Myths About Choice-Based Art Education

The Top 5 Myths About Choice-Based Art Education

Though the teaching philosophy has been around for years, Choice-Based teaching has recently become a hot topic in art education circles. Whether it be TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior), Modified Choice or even the Genius Hour, the concept of adding student- directed learning into the classroom has been up for debate. When discussing any current issue, it is not uncommon for the...

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Jan 18, 2015

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What Does an Art Ed Leader Look Like?

What Does an Art Ed Leader Look Like?

    I like to call it, “The Leadership Itch.” You know when it’s happening when you can’t help but stand up and lead. There are some of you who get “The Leadership Itch” all the time. You always volunteer to organize the art team’s PD. You enjoy going to conferences and bringing ideas back for the betterment of the group. Your hand is in the air asking the...

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Jan 18, 2015

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Finalists Announced and Voting Open! 2014 Art Ed B...

Finalists Announced and Voting Open! 2014 Art Ed Blog of the Year

After pouring through an unprecedented number of outstanding nominations for our 2014 Blog of the Year Contest, the AOE committee has narrowed down each category to just 6-8 finalists based on the following criteria: Quality of Content and Photos, Consistency in Posting, Community Interaction and Overall Look and Feel. Now it’s YOUR chance to help decide which art ed blogs...

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Jan 16, 2015

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Doodle Tac-Toe: An Artsy Twist to a Classic Game!

Doodle Tac-Toe: An Artsy Twist to a Classic Game!

My students and I LOVE drawing games! The same company that brought us Whatchmadrawit, now brings us Doodle Tac-Toe!  Instead of using the standard X’s and O’s, players are prompted to mark the grid with simple, creative doodles. In this way, students can practice mini drawings of everyday things. They can also see how others may interpret these simple drawing prompts.  One...

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Jan 15, 2015

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The Perfect Project to Keep Your Middle Schoolers ...

The Perfect Project to Keep Your Middle Schoolers On Track

In any given middle school art class, students of all abilities, capacities and talents are part of the classroom environment. With so many skill levels present together, many times students find themselves far ahead in projects (or lagging way behind).   Keeping the class moving at a reasonable pace, all together, is not always possible.     One way I tackle this...

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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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