Mar 11, 2015

Posted by | 16 Comments

“Hey–Quit Sniffing That!”–...

“Hey–Quit Sniffing That!”–A Guide to the Art Room’s Hazardous Materials

Do you ever have that nightmare? No, not the one where you forgot your pants–the one where the kids are taking over your art room. Two kids are having an X-ACTO knife fight in the corner, another is playing hide-and-seek inside the kiln, a group in the back are busy spray painting each other, and that last one is about to drink the paint thinner. You ever have that...

Read More
Mar 10, 2015

Posted by | 4 Comments

10 Storage Hacks for the Art Room

10 Storage Hacks for the Art Room

Let’s face it — as art teachers we have a lot of STUFF. The key is to organize our glorious abundance of materials in accessible and efficient ways. Below are some of my favorite storage hacks for the art room. The best part about most of these is that they are student-friendly too!     1. Store “like” objects together. Like my cart article suggests, keep...

Read More
Mar 9, 2015

Posted by | 3 Comments

3 Tips for Getting into an Organizational Mindset

3 Tips for Getting into an Organizational Mindset

Editor’s Note: We’re going to take the next few days to focus on organization. Today, Alecia starts us off with some great tips to get into an organizing mood, because, as we all know, just starting a project is half the battle! In addition, don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s great tips for staying organized day-to-day in your...

Read More
Mar 9, 2015

Posted by | 8 Comments

An Easy-Peasy Way to Prep for Your Day

An Easy-Peasy Way to Prep for Your Day

When I was student teaching, my cooperating teacher always made it a point to prepare for the next school day before she went home. It appealed to me that she was already ready for the day no matter if she walked in fifteen minutes early or right as the bell was ringing. Now that I have been teaching on my own for a while, I find that sometimes I have to leave school right when the...

Read More
Mar 6, 2015

Posted by | 10 Comments

Do Teachers Need To Be Experts?

Do Teachers Need To Be Experts?

  Nothing feels better than having a student ask how to accomplish a task with which we have a certain expertise. Maybe they ask how draw a city scene and we are well versed in perspective. Perhaps they want to know how to paint a landscape and we can wield a brush like Bob Ross. When we know the subject or the medium, it’s good to be the teacher, but what happens...

Read More
Mar 6, 2015

Posted by | 0 Comments

Color Wheel Creatures: Free Lesson Plan Download

Color Wheel Creatures: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Color Mixing, Drawing, Coloring Making Connections: Literacy- Eric Carle * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a fun way for your youngest students to learn about color. Everyone’s color wheel (hopefully) turns out the same way, but the creatures the students come up with...

Read More
Mar 5, 2015

Posted by | 7 Comments

Why Your Students are Overstimulated in Art, and H...

Why Your Students are Overstimulated in Art, and How to Fix It

I recently read an article about surprising ways our brains work, and it stated, “Despite being one of our five main senses, vision seems to take precedence over the others.” If some of your students have issues in the art room and you aren’t sure why, perhaps it’s time to think about your environment in relationship to the 5 senses. Too many posters on the wall?...

Read More
Mar 4, 2015

Posted by | 4 Comments

5 Adaptations You Can Make for the Art Room TODAY!

5 Adaptations You Can Make for the Art Room TODAY!

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Alicia Peters, an art professor from St. Joseph Minnesota, to discuss one of her passions — adaptive tools in the art room.  Alicia stated, “I struggled to find items in the traditional catalogs that fit some of my students who needed adaptions, so I got creative and started to make my own, which proved to be the best thing...

Read More
Mar 3, 2015

Posted by | 16 Comments

How to Prep for Art Shows Without Losing Sleep

How to Prep for Art Shows Without Losing Sleep

Springtime is art show time, and it seems most teachers participate in some type of art show. Some have school-wide shows with themes and a piece of artwork from every student. Some have major competitions with students working on specific pieces for weeks. My students have artwork in 4 different shows. The first show up is the city-wide all school show. Then it is the Youth Art...

Read More
Mar 2, 2015

Posted by | 6 Comments

Slow Looking and 5 Other Simple Activities to Enha...

Slow Looking and 5 Other Simple Activities to Enhance Your Students’ Ability to Analyze Art

With everything you have to fit into your curriculum, do you ever feel like some things just fall by the wayside? Whether it’s specific projects or larger concepts, there often isn’t time to “do it all”. One thing that was always difficult for me to find time for was analyzing artwork. Especially with short classes at the elementary level, teaching students how to look was...

Read More
Feb 27, 2015

Posted by | 12 Comments

The Anatomy of an Art Cart

The Anatomy of an Art Cart

    A few months ago, we ran a mini-series about teaching art on a cart that included an in-depth interview, resources and lesson ideas. Today, I want to show you how I use carts within my classroom to keep things organized. The carts help me transfer and store specific materials with ease. You can find 3 tips to get you started along with details about my carts...

Read More
Feb 27, 2015

Posted by | 5 Comments

Summer Course Schedule Released: Enrollment Open

Summer Course Schedule Released: Enrollment Open

Summer… Ahhh… It seems so far away, but will be here before you know it. Summer is the prime season for educators to squeeze in Grad Credits, CEU’s and PD Hours. Why?  Because, for most of you, summer break means more TIME! Since Summer is our most popular season for classes, we are making even easier for you to get into the class you want during the Summer...

Read More