Jan 10, 2014

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Chalk Pastel Silhouette: Free Lesson Plan Download

Chalk Pastel Silhouette: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color and Value Art Skills: Drawing, Painting Making Connections: Writing   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson does not take very many class periods, and I found most of the students were very happy with their results if you can get them to draw large enough. 3rd grade is my favorite grade...

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Jan 9, 2014

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Using Limitations to Spark Creativity

Using Limitations to Spark Creativity

Our ability to create is the most powerful tool we have… Limitations may be the most unlikely places to harness creativity, but can help get us out of ruts and challenge ourselves. You may notice students who face roadblocks and want to quit: quit art class, quit working on a project, or even worse, quit school. This short video of contemporary artist Phil Hansen will...

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Jan 8, 2014

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Do Students Need to Plan?

Do Students Need to Plan?

As a former project manager, I understand fully the importance of the phases of a project’s life cycle. These include initiation, planning, implementation and closing. These four phases translate very neatly into a model lesson plan. The teacher initiates the lesson by presenting the project and the desired outcome. The students plan out their ideas on paper and then...

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Jan 7, 2014

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Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Learning

Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Learning

  Art teachers run their classrooms on a spectrum from total control to almost hands-off. Most of us find ourselves somewhere in between, but when choice-based learning is discussed we all have a definite stance. As a teacher who leans toward to the control end, letting students make the most of the choices in their learning makes me get all sweaty and nervous. I know the...

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Jan 6, 2014

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Winter Conference Schedule Released

Winter Conference Schedule Released

The AOE Online Conference is less than two weeks away! Today, we’re releasing the official conference schedule so you can review all of the great presentations and begin to plan your day! All of the times below are based on Central Time (CST, GMT-6). The Conference begins on Saturday, January 25th, at 10:00am CST (11:00EST, 9:00MST, 8:00PST) and ends around 3:00pm CST...

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Jan 6, 2014

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The Top 10 Reasons Every Art Teacher Should Attend...

The Top 10 Reasons Every Art Teacher Should Attend the AOE Online Conference

As you may know, the only online conference just for art teachers will be hosted by The Art of Education on January 25, 2014! Here are some reasons we think you will love the conference! The Top 10 Reasons Every Art Teacher Should Attend the AOE Online Conference  1. No travel expenses. No lodging expenses. Attend from home on a Saturday. Need I say more? 2. There’s...

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Jan 6, 2014

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Get On the Bus! How to Revamp Your Goals for the N...

Get On the Bus! How to Revamp Your Goals for the New Year

As 2014 begins, we all start to make plans and goals for the new year.  In addition to making my normal short-term, run-of-the-mill resolutions, I began to consider my long-term vision and goals for my life and career.  I wanted to include the“big-picture” additions because I recently had the opportunity to be part of a book study facilitated at my elementary school to help...

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Jan 3, 2014

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5 Things High School Teachers Will Love About the ...

5 Things High School Teachers Will Love About the AOE Online Conference

I was talking to a High School art teacher recently, and she wondered if the AOE Winter Online Conference was going to be geared to High School Teachers (this is a common question we get). I reassured her that just like TED Talks, we will cover big picture, over arching ideas about K-12 Art Education with examples and specifics for all levels thrown in for spice. There will be a...

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Jan 3, 2014

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Handheld Pencil Sharpeners: The Complete Guide

Handheld Pencil Sharpeners: The Complete Guide

We are all very familiar with the troubles that befall handheld plastic pencil sharpeners: messy emptying, broken and stuck lead, inability to handle colored pencils and more. With my students urging and my own curiosity peaked, I set out to do a side-by-side comparison of available sharpeners on the market. To help me out, Blick Art Materials was kind enough to send me some of...

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Jan 2, 2014

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Free Lesson Plan Download: Silly Line People

Free Lesson Plan Download: Silly Line People

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line Art Skills: Drawing Art History: Abstract Art * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This is a great, one day lesson to introduce your kindergartners to the idea of line, or to review line with your older elementary students. You can keep it simple and introduce the idea of a portrait or connect it to the idea...

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Jan 1, 2014

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Video: A Bookmaking Project You Actually Have Time...

Video: A Bookmaking Project You Actually Have Time For

My favorite art education professor (from undergrad) was actually a bookmaker, so I had a chance to dive deep into this medium in college.  I dreamed of making beautiful books with my students, but once I stepped into the classroom I had trouble finding appropriate bookmaking activities that didn’t take too much time. In this video, I will talk about one of my favorite quick...

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Dec 31, 2013

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Need a Fresh Idea for a Visiting Artist? Check ou...

Need a Fresh Idea for a Visiting Artist?  Check out Tiny Circus!

A few months ago I attended the regional Art Education Conference in Iowa, where I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best and brightest art educators this state has to offer (which happens to include several AOE staff members!).  This year it was circus themed.  To be honest, I am not a huge fan of clowns or people in costumes, so I wasn’t sure what to...

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