Dec 26, 2014

Posted by | 5 Comments

5 Tips to Stretch Your Art Room Budget

5 Tips to Stretch Your Art Room Budget

I get an average of $1.67 per student per year for my art budget. That isn’t much money when you figure it needs to cover all the projects for the whole year. In 14 years of teaching, I have discovered a few ways to make my $1.67 go a long, long way.   Here are 5 tips to stretch your art room budget.     1: Use technology when possible. At my school, I have...

Read More
Dec 25, 2014

Posted by | 1 Comment

How Teaching Art is Like a Candy Cane

How Teaching Art is Like a Candy Cane

Happy Holidays from all of us here at AOE! We’ll be continuing our regular publishing schedule right through winter break and into the new year, so make sure to stop by for some fantastic articles. Today, Jessica takes a fun look at how teaching art is like a candy cane.     The Wrapper: Planning Before you get to the good stuff, you have to deal with the...

Read More
Dec 24, 2014

Posted by | 0 Comments

Clay Face Mugs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Clay Face Mugs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Construction Art History: Civil War Face Jugs * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     Face Jugs, or as they are fondly referred to in my art room “Ugly Jugs,” are a student favorite. Students apply their knowledge of coiling and proper attachment methods...

Read More
Dec 23, 2014

Posted by | 2 Comments

How Do We Prepare Our Art Students for College?

How Do We Prepare Our Art Students for College?

As we teach our high schoolers over the course of 3 or 4 years, we inevitably talk to kids about their postsecondary options, and maybe even invite college representatives in to talk to our classes. Some students will go to art school, some will go for a BFA at a university, and others will take a class or two at community college. When we think about these options for our...

Read More
Dec 22, 2014

Posted by | 5 Comments

Making Time for Making Art

Making Time for Making Art

Before the days of curriculum, before you sat at the teacher’s desk, before any student had heard your name, you loved making art. You wielded your brush or threw clay like a master. Now, what was once figure drawings of live models has been reduced to doodles of colleagues during staff meetings. What once was the exploration of color on a canvas has been replaced by...

Read More
Dec 22, 2014

Posted by | 7 Comments

8 Tips for Hosting a Student Teacher in the Art Ro...

8 Tips for Hosting a Student Teacher in the Art Room

Ah, student teaching. If you are like me, you can still recall the highlights (and lowlights) of your student teaching days. I will always remember when a veteran science teacher told me that a certain student I was struggling with would fit in the kiln–as if cooking a student was an acceptable solution. Needless to say, our student teaching experiences have a huge impact on...

Read More
Dec 19, 2014

Posted by | 6 Comments

Where Are You on the Choice Spectrum?

Where Are You on the Choice Spectrum?

Starting January 1st, participants in our Choice Based Art Education class will be walking through three really important processes. Discovering where they stand today on the “Choice Spectrum.” Making a strategic decision about where they’d like to stand on the spectrum or what colors they would mix. Planning the process of reaching that goal in a way that fits their...

Read More
Dec 19, 2014

Posted by | 0 Comments

Make Your Stagnant Still Lifes Come Alive!

Make Your Stagnant Still Lifes Come Alive!

One of the best things about teaching middle school students is the fact that they are quite willing to try some unconventional ideas when it comes to creating art. Some of my students’ greatest successes have come from using materials in unexpected ways. This is especially true when those materials are combined with conventional subject matter, like that found in still life...

Read More
Dec 18, 2014

Posted by | 1 Comment

How to Collaborate with Other Creative Teachers to...

How to Collaborate with Other Creative Teachers to Form an Unstoppable Team

  In the art room, students tend to work solo. They plan, design and create every part of their projects. In the work world, this isn’t always the case. Whether it’s publishing a book, building a website or producing a new toy for the holiday season, most projects require the input of many people to complete. Learning how to collaborate is a necessary 21st century...

Read More
Dec 18, 2014

Posted by | 0 Comments

Why Not… Introduce Your Students to Tinsmithing!

Why Not… Introduce Your Students to Tinsmithing!

I truly believe the media we present to students has a great impact on their enthusiasm for class. It’s great to shake it up a bit with unexpected materials. One of my favorites is tin. In Mexico, brightly colored ornaments made of tin are found in many stores and markets. Tinsmithing was introduced to Central America by the Spanish, and many beautiful pieces are still being made...

Read More
Dec 17, 2014

Posted by | 7 Comments

Make Classroom Teachers Your Allies With a Teacher...

Make Classroom Teachers Your Allies With a Teacher Cabinet

During my first year of teaching, I noticed a lot of classroom teachers coming into my art room wanting supplies. Sometimes I’d be teaching, sometimes I’d be in a plan period, and sometimes I wouldn’t even be in my room. At first, I was frustrated! I didn’t want to be interrupted while I was teaching or planning. And I really didn’t like searching for a supply that...

Read More
Dec 16, 2014

Posted by | 12 Comments

Why it Pays to Be BFFs With Your Custodian (and Ho...

Why it Pays to Be BFFs With Your Custodian (and How to Make it Happen)

  When I was student teaching, my cooperating teacher pulled me aside one day to inform me of one of the most important things I could do when I finally got my own classroom. I listened closely for what I thought would be some earth-shattering art fact that would completely change my life. With all the seriousness in the world, she said, “You will need to become best...

Read More