Mar 27, 2014

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10 Awesome Advocacy Resources for Art Education

10 Awesome Advocacy Resources for Art Education

Are you looking for data, research, quotes or other arts education advocacy materials?  Check out the options listed below. Listed are 10 spectacular resources for almost anything you would need to advocate for your arts education program. Bookmark them, print them, Pin them. Get inspired! 1. Iowa Alliance for Arts Education – This organization is made up of many groups...

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Mar 26, 2014

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5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

Still lives are a staple of art education, but, boy, can they get boring in a hurry. Have you been using the same silk flowers and plastic fruit for the last ten years? Are you looking for a new way to introduce still life to students? The February issue of ARTnews inspired this list of ways to take these traditions from still life to STILL ALIVE!     1. Create a Time...

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Mar 25, 2014

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Maya Glyphs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Maya Glyphs: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Colored Pencil Techniques, Craftsmanship Making Connections: Ancient Maya Writing * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson was the first I ever developed and taught as an elementary school art teacher. My fifth graders ate up the “secret code” aspect of...

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Mar 24, 2014

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See You at NAEA 2014!

See You at NAEA 2014!

      AOE is gearing up for the NAEA (National Art Education Association’s) Conference in San Diego this weekend! If you are going, the following will help guide you to important events happening for AOE fans. We can’t wait to meet you! If you can’t attend (which I know most of you can’t) no worries – You can follow along with our...

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Mar 24, 2014

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Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on th...

Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on the iPad

What’s the first question you ask when you see something done on an iPad? “What app is that?” We can’t help it. We’ve been brought up thinking this way. Just look at Apple’s slogan, “There’s an app for that!” But this is art. Forget the apps!   What if we spent more time creating instead of consuming? What if we placed the focus...

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Mar 21, 2014

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What it Really Takes to Become a National Board Ce...

What it Really Takes to Become a National Board Certified Art Teacher

When I started my journey towards national board certification in the fall of 2012, I had no idea how much my personal and professional life would change throughout the process. Personally, my husband and I purchased a new home, which we unexpectedly needed to remodel and found out we were expecting our second child. Professionally, I was teaching middle school art, teaching after...

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Mar 20, 2014

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Tips for Sharing Your Art Room with Others

Tips for Sharing Your Art Room with Others

If you are lucky enough to have an art room, chances are you are often sharing that space with others. From reading and after school groups to weekend clubs, it’s the place to be. When an after school group used my art room, I can’t say I was thrilled, but with the few tips in the video below, I definitely made it work. Just like we were taught in Kindergarten,...

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Mar 19, 2014

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This New Color App Will Blow Your Mind

This New Color App Will Blow Your Mind

Considered on of the most influential books on color, Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color has become the go-to book for artists, teachers, and students interested in studying complex color theory principles. The original publication was printed in 1963 and contained 150 color plates used to explain and demonstrate the theories. 50 years later, this body of work is being brought...

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Mar 18, 2014

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10 Creative Critiques to Try This School Year

10 Creative Critiques to Try This School Year

Many of us might cringe thinking back to our days of college art critiques. A poorly-facilitated critique can not only be a waste of time, but can also be disheartening for students. Many of us have been on the teacher side of things too, asking students to respond and engage and getting crickets in return. So, the question is, how can we make the critique process useful? Dare I...

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Mar 17, 2014

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15 Books, 15 Art Lessons

15 Books, 15 Art Lessons

I love using books to inspire and supplement art lessons. This fact is especially evident from one of my previous articles 10 Books Every Art Teacher Needs.  In addition to the books from that list, I’ve compiled a list of 15 more stories, which each pair with a specific lesson from my elementary curriculum. Of course, this doesn’t even come close to the growing list of the...

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Mar 14, 2014

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#whatsyourart – Anyone can sing a song.

#whatsyourart – Anyone can sing a song.

Like this image? See the rest here as we post them.   Some think being an ‘artist’ means you have to paint, draw, or sculpt. An ‘artist’ is actually anyone who does ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Art is everywhere around us. Anyone can write a speech. It takes an artist to move minds and change the world. Anyone can cook dinner. It takes an artist...

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Mar 14, 2014

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#whatsyourart – Anyone can build a house.

#whatsyourart – Anyone can build a house.

Like this image? See the rest here as we post them.   Some think being an ‘artist’ means you have to paint, draw, or sculpt. An ‘artist’ is actually anyone who does ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Art is everywhere around us. Anyone can write a speech. It takes an artist to move minds and change the world. Anyone can cook dinner. It takes an artist...

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