Dec 3, 2015

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Explore Art Making Through Centers: Free Lesson Pl...

Explore Art Making Through Centers: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Various Art Skills: Exploration, Problem Solving, Developing Skill with Media Art History: Morris Louis and Pablo Picasso   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     How do artists develop new ideas? By experimenting! Your students will love learning to think like artists in this TAB lesson by...

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Dec 3, 2015

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How to Manage a Classroom Set of iPads

How to Manage a Classroom Set of iPads

Are you looking for solutions for storing and managing your classroom iPads? Look no further! In the video below, learn how to use what you have to create a storage and charging system that works for you and your students. Don’t forget to download the handy check out sheet below!       What You’ll Need   – A desk sorter – Power strips (this...

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Dec 2, 2015

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What is the Role of Holiday Projects in the Art Ro...

What is the Role of Holiday Projects in the Art Room?

Snowmen, Christmas trees, and Santa are pervasive this time of year. Students see them everywhere as the seasonal excitement builds and builds. The question for art teachers is: Do these images belong in our curriculum, and, if so, how?     Specific Considerations   The first thing to consider with holiday-related art in schools is legality, which is ultimately a...

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Dec 1, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 18: “Painted Paper, Presentation...

AOE LIVE: Episode 18: “Painted Paper, Presentations, and Pedagogy” with Laura Lohmann

  Check out AOE Live’s final episode as the guys talk to Laura Lohman, elementary teacher and author of the incredibly popular Painted Paper blog. She was able to give us some great ideas for diving into paint with your kids, some insight into the inner workings behind her blog, and why she loves to share what she does with art teachers around the world.   WATCH...

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Dec 1, 2015

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How to Homeschool Your Kids with a Full-Time Job

How to Homeschool Your Kids with a Full-Time Job

As a teacher, you know your energy can be swallowed up by other people’s children. By the end of the day, it can seem like you have little energy left for your own kids at home. This was one of my biggest fears going into parenthood. Through a lot of trial and error, I found it doesn’t have to be that way! You know that you are your child’s first teacher, but you...

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Nov 30, 2015

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Double Your Classroom Library Without Spending a D...

Double Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dime

Most art teachers are not only art supply hoarders but art book hoarders, too. This is a fun pastime but can get expensive and become a storage issue. In the video below, I will explain one way I bypass buying or hunting down every single book I want to share with my students in the art room.   Your winter break is a great time to inventory your own art books, make a...

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Nov 30, 2015

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Engage Your Students with Sensory Exploration Stat...

Engage Your Students with Sensory Exploration Stations

    It is often said that students–especially our youngest–learn with all of their senses, and the art room is a wonderful place to let them do so. Art inherently offers many of our students the chances they need to use their different senses, but what if we were to open up those chances on an everyday basis? What if sensory exploration were a focus in our...

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Nov 27, 2015

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How to Safely Use Spray Paint with Your Students

How to Safely Use Spray Paint with Your Students

    We all have tried-and-true projects in our arsenals that students love. These are the complete home runs. They are usually a great mix of technique, process, and choice. Regardless of students’ skill sets, all have a great deal of success.   Recently, I’ve stumbled across a new media that is always a hit with my students–spray...

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Nov 27, 2015

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My Art Tells a Story: Free Lesson Plan Download

My Art Tells a Story: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Various Art Skills: Story Telling, Authentic Art Making Connections: Language Arts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     Get your younger students excited about making art that is personally meaningful with this engaging TAB lesson plan. Your students will learn how to make art that tells a story by...

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Nov 26, 2015

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How to Choose the Right Drawing Pencil and Paper E...

How to Choose the Right Drawing Pencil and Paper Every Time

If you’ve ever ordered supplies, you’ve likely been overwhelmed by all of the available paper and pencil options. Who knew ordering your simplest supplies could be such a chore? Here at AOE, we’re beyond thankful for all of our readers and love to make things easier for you. So today, we have two handy reference guides to make choosing pencils and paper a...

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Nov 25, 2015

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12 Helpful Tips for Smooth Transitions in the Art ...

12 Helpful Tips for Smooth Transitions in the Art Room

Do you struggle with transitions in the art room? Do you feel like sometimes you’re just herding cats and your instructions fall on deaf ears? Know that you are NOT alone. Transitions are tricky moments in our days where things can go completely wrong. Or, they can go completely right. Your room does not have to be chaotic! The trick is to clearly communicate expectations prior...

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Nov 24, 2015

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A Surprising, In-Depth Look at the Reggio Approach

A Surprising, In-Depth Look at the Reggio Approach

    Picture this: 8 art students walk into an art room filled to the brim with beautiful art supplies. They all choose seats at the designated table and happily help each other put on art smocks. They do not touch anything. One student notices a mirror set up and says, “Oh, are we doing a self-portrait today?” Then, they all sit down and work with Sharpies and...

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