Apr 17, 2015

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8 Helpful Tips for Packing Up Your ENTIRE Art Room

8 Helpful Tips for Packing Up Your ENTIRE Art Room

You’ve heard rumblings, but now it’s official: you need to pack up your art room…completely. Whether it’s remodeling, maintenance or a complete move, the idea of packing up an entire art room is overwhelming. The following is what I’ve started to do, and plan to do, as I begin the process of packing up my entire room. Nothing can be left on the floor, in the closets,...

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Apr 16, 2015

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2 Key Things to Know Before Diving Into a Mixed Me...

2 Key Things to Know Before Diving Into a Mixed Media Project

In my district, I teach the last required art class which means it is important that I expose my students to as many different mediums as possible. In 5th grade, students create projects that focus on one medium at a time, allowing them to really get a feel for each medium’s unique qualities. In 6th grade, however, students have more choice and many times mix the mediums...

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Apr 16, 2015

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Radial Printmaking: Free Lesson Plan Download

Radial Printmaking: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Printmaking Making Connections: Math * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page My students always love printmaking, but radial printmaking is extra special. Students create a simple image on their printmaking block and as they print, their radial design magically appears. This...

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Apr 15, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 4: Making it Work with Cassie St...

AOE LIVE: Episode 4: Making it Work with Cassie Stephens: Talking Passion and Fashion with The World’s Best Dressed Art Teacher

  Art Teacher, Blogger, and Fashion Inspiration Cassie Stephens stops in to AOE LIVE to talk about her fashion creations, her teaching style, her passions, and how to remain authentic as teachers as we tell the stories of how we came to be where we are today. . WATCH NOW: . LISTEN NOW: . PODCAST via  iTUNES . LINKS: Here are a few of the articles discussed and a few...

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Apr 15, 2015

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Use These 3 Simple Photoshop Tools to Enhance Your...

Use These 3 Simple Photoshop Tools to Enhance Your Photos

Does the word “Photoshop” send you into a panic? Do the words “photo editing software” have you running for the hills? If so, have no fear! I’m here to tell you that Photoshop doesn’t have to be scary. Knowing even a few simple tricks can really take your photos to the next level. Maybe you’re looking for ways to spruce up your Artsonia...

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Apr 15, 2015

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Follow AOE on Instagram!

Follow AOE on Instagram!

Did you know you can now follow AOE on Instagram!? We’ve received lots of fun notes and questions from people about what it’s like behind the scenes of an online startup – and, to be honest, that answer changes every day. The photo of me in my cooking apron taken while recording a podcast intro is a perfect example. So, follow along with me and the rest of the...

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Apr 14, 2015

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Do These 4 Simple Things to Ensure You Never Run O...

Do These 4 Simple Things to Ensure You Never Run Out of Ideas In The Artroom Again

It’s another day of professional development in your district, and getting it to actually be applicable to your own classroom is a Sisyphean task. You have the PE teacher to your left and the music teacher to your right. Don’t get me wrong–they’re great people; their needs and your needs don’t line up, however, and the three of you are just making of it what you can....

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Apr 14, 2015

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Teach Your Students How To Create an Animated Walk...

Teach Your Students How To Create an Animated Walk Cycle

Today we will look at the step-by-step process to complete an animated walk cycle. Creating a walk cycle in animation is rather simple. There are only eight images, drawn in sequence, that when looped create the illusion of forward motion. With today’s technology, especially phone and iPad apps, an animation project like this is no longer limited to those with computer labs and...

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Apr 13, 2015

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Be the Teacher You’d Want to Meet

Be the Teacher You’d Want to Meet

It’s likely you will be encountering many parents, colleagues, new hires and community members during the last month of school. Find out how to take advantage of these interactions in the video quick tip below.     Don’t let your exhaustion get the best of you this spring! First (and last) impressions do matter.     What qualities do you admire in other...

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Apr 13, 2015

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A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Slip Casting

A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Slip Casting

Editor’s Note: Throughout the week we’re going to be featuring some “How To” posts — taking tricky topics and making them more accessible. Today, Tim starts us off by teaching us how to slip cast! Stay tuned for tips about animation, technology and more!     Slip casting, for me, has always been one of the most difficult art-making...

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Apr 10, 2015

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10 Things Creative People Need to Know Before Ente...

10 Things Creative People Need to Know Before Entering The Real World

For creative, artistic people the future is bright. Unfortunately, they are often faced with people who doubt them and often don’t take them seriously. I had the privilege to speak to High School arts honors students recently. My goal was to encourage them to explore arts-related careers with confidence. Many of these tips can apply to adults and students alike. Feel free to...

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Apr 10, 2015

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The Ultimate Guide to Acing the Praxis II Art Test

The Ultimate Guide to Acing the Praxis II Art Test

Art teachers and test taking go together like oil and water. However, sometimes tests are unavoidable. For many, one such test is the Praxis II, which teachers have to take to gain licensure in certain states. If the Praxis II is in your future, have no fear! We’ve compiled the following guide with the help of our knowledgeable Facebook Fans. The guide is broken into 2 parts:...

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