Sep 11, 2014

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Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas to Start the Year

In a time where budgets are seemingly always being cut, many of us are looking for ideas that won’t slice into the precious few dollars we have available. So, if you’re waiting on your budget money to come in, or if you don’t have a budget at all, here are six sculpture ideas you can use to create some great projects without spending a lot of...

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Sep 10, 2014

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A NEW Pinterest Tip for Lightning Quick Lesson Pl...

A NEW Pinterest Tip for  Lightning Quick Lesson Planning

Summer break is kind of like a dream. I can wake up whenever I want, lounge in my pj’s all day, and pretty much have all the time in the world to accomplish my to-do list. Then the school year hits. Suddenly the alarm clock becomes my worst enemy. I have to start remembering what day of the week it is, and the clock never seems to give me enough time to accomplish everything...

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Sep 9, 2014

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Use Sticky Notes to Keep Your Planning On Track

Use Sticky Notes to Keep Your Planning On Track

If you’re having trouble keeping lesson planning under control, I recommend sticky note lists! Why? Well, when things get super crazy and overwhelming, simple visual reminders can save you time and energy. For example, I have this note taped to my computer, where I see it everyday. Each time I start I new project, I simply go down the list to keep myself on...

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Sep 8, 2014

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The Secret to Getting Out the Door When the School...

The Secret to Getting Out the Door When the School Day Ends

Editor’s Note: As you know, the beginning of the school year can get nutty. You may find that you hardly see the sun during the month of September. Here at AOE, we feel you. For the next few days, we’ll focus on simple ways to manage your time so you can enjoy yourself both at and away from school. Today I’m starting off with some simple tips to get out the door when...

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Sep 5, 2014

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Palatable Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Palatable Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Digital Photography, Composition, Rendering Art History: Pop Art, Realism * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Kids always love creating portraits of themselves and their friends. As a teacher, however, I get tired of seeing (and teaching) the same straight-ahead,...

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Sep 4, 2014

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3 Ways to Take Your Hallway Displays to the Next L...

3 Ways to Take Your Hallway Displays to the Next Level

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with hallway displays. Yes, I absolutely love brightening the walls and display cases in the school, but putting art up and tearing it down can be extremely time consuming. I found that if I could help educate people in my school about the art room through my hallway displays, I actually looked forward to spending the time. Here are some...

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Sep 3, 2014

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How to Build a Successful K-5 Weaving Curriculum

How to Build a Successful K-5 Weaving Curriculum

Do you ever skip over an entire media group in your curriculum, simply because you feel like you don’t have time to incorporate it, or because you don’t feel confident with your own skill level? I did for awhile when I was in the classroom, especially with weaving and clay. In fact, I called it the “Selfish” art curriculum, which you can read more about right here. The...

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Sep 2, 2014

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When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

A seven year old boy chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. He pointed the pastry and said, “Bang-bang”. The boy was suspended for two days after the school described his actions as a threat.  An eighth grader in Arizona was suspended for five days after he drew a gun on a piece of paper. A father of a kindergartener was arrested after his daughter drew a gun and...

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Sep 1, 2014

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15 Fabulous Ways to Utilize a Document Camera in t...

15 Fabulous Ways to Utilize a Document Camera in the Art Room

  Recently, I heard one of my students ask his friend, “If you were stranded on an island and could only take one item with you what would you bring?” I started thinking about the question as it applied to my classroom. The thought came to my mind, “What is the one item in my classroom that I absolutely could not do without?” I started surveying my room and realized...

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Aug 29, 2014

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A Look at Graffiti Apps for High School Students

A Look at Graffiti Apps for High School Students

Students like spay paint because it’s fun, fast and absolutely cool. Teachers hate spray paint because it’s smelly, toxic and permanent. In my never ending search to find apps for the iPad, I’ve stumbled across a few that might satisfy the fun and cool factor without jeopardizing anyone’s health or the school walls.   Here is my look at spray paint iPad...

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Aug 28, 2014

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How to Write a Great Essential Question

How to Write a Great Essential Question

  It’s time for a Pop quiz!   Which of these is an essential question for the art room? A. How do the arts reflect values in a culture? B. What common symbols are found in the work of the Lascaux cave painters?   If you answered A, you are right! The question is provocative, open-ended, and challenging which are all characteristics of a great essential...

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Aug 28, 2014

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Bean Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Bean Mosaics: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line and Shape Art Skills: Design, Composition Art History: Mosaics, Ancient Greece * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is designed to give students an introduction to the concept of mosaics, along with exposure to new materials.  Students get very excited to use beans as the pieces of the mosaic,...

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