May 26, 2014

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When the Art History Carnival Comes to Town!

When the Art History Carnival Comes to Town!

As we near the end of the school year, the days are winding down, but our students are winding up. Working on a still life is out of the question when the kids can’t even sit still themselves. The sun is shinning, the temperature is rising and nobody wants to keep a seat warm. You need a project to keep your students entertained without compromising the information. It’s time...

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May 23, 2014

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The Clean-Up Routine That Transformed My Art Room

The Clean-Up Routine That Transformed My Art Room

It’s not news that at the end of the year, our routines and expectations begin to fall by the wayside. In fact, I recently had to review my most basic rules, as I noticed a decline in my students’ behavior and level of responsibility in the art room. They were even forgetting things like raising their hands!   If you’re in the same boat, I encourage you to continue to...

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May 22, 2014

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3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

If you are an education nerd like me, the Grant Wiggins article “Seven Keys to Effective Feedback” gets your wheels spinning! The piece, published in the September 2012 issue of Educational Leadership, always reminds me that although crafting good feedback takes time and thought, it is well worth the effort. Current research shows that useful feedback can have a deep...

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May 21, 2014

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Should the Art Room be Tech-Free?

Should the Art Room be Tech-Free?

The art room. The one last places in the school where hands-on activities are still prevalent. Yet, our discipline, like every other, is desperately trying to engage students using technology. For most of us, incorporating technology into the art room seems like a ‘no brainer.’ Students can create in new ways and it helps us prepare students for the world they live in. However,...

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May 21, 2014

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The Top 10 Art Supplies to Add to Your Order in 20...

The Top 10 Art Supplies to Add to Your Order in 2014

Like most art teachers, new art supplies make me happy. I secretly wonder if other art teachers had an obsession with art supplies when they were little like I did. I specifically remember getting my first box of glitter crayons and arranging my 64 pack in rainbow order. My heart skips a beat each fall when the custodian walks into my room pushing a dolly jam packed with new...

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May 20, 2014

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Find Your Alter Ego with the Ordering Personality ...

Find Your Alter Ego with the Ordering Personality Quiz

Today we’re taking you back to your teenage years with a quiz! No, you won’t find out which jeans are best for your body or if your boyfriend is going to dump you, but you WILL find out what kind of “Ordering Personality” you have. For example, are you more of a Spreadsheet Sally or a Resourceful Ralph? Take the quiz below to find out!     If you answered mostly...

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May 19, 2014

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Streamline Your Ordering Process with These 9 Tips

Streamline Your Ordering Process with These 9 Tips

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again, ordering time! We’ll take a few days this week to tackle this tricky topic. Jessica starts us off with some great tips to make the entire process more manageable. Come back tomorrow and Wednesday for a revealing quiz and a list of the top supplies you must order for next year!   Ordering art supplies each year is...

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May 16, 2014

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A Fresh Perspective on Classroom Management

A Fresh Perspective on Classroom Management

I am willing to bet that even the most seasoned among us might be ready for some updated and refreshing management strategies. So what’s the new angle? Student engagement. Kids who are focused on and invested in the tasks you give them don’t have time to mess around. Below are four simple strategies to give your classroom management techniques a boost.     1....

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May 15, 2014

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Whimsical Coil Pots: Free Lesson Plan Download

Whimsical Coil Pots: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Techniques, Coil Pot Art History: Cultural Connections * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page My students consistently rate this as one of their favorite lessons of the entire school year. As a teacher, I love that I can connect it to a variety of different cultures while having students...

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May 14, 2014

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3 Must-Have Drawing Activities for Your Free Choic...

3 Must-Have Drawing Activities for Your Free Choice Center

  “We all have activities available for students that finish projects early, and I just know you’ll want to add these three ideas to your bag of tricks. Instead of “free time,” I like to think of this time as “opportunity time.” These three drawing games will help students make the most of every minute they spend in your room. Watch the video below to learn...

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May 13, 2014

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3 Super Fun Art History Games

3 Super Fun Art History Games

Anyone who thinks learning only happens in quiet study halls is sadly mistaken. Higher levels of learning can take place when students are actually having fun. What better way is there to have fun then to play a game? Here are three art history games to promote fun and learning in your class.     The Arnolfini Trial There has long been debate about the meaning of the...

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May 12, 2014

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3 Meaningful Activities for the End of the Year

3 Meaningful Activities for the End of the Year

As these last weeks of school drag on, it can be tricky to make forward progress. The weather is getting nicer, spring events disrupt the schedule, and (let’s be real) fatigue is in full force. If you are like me, you need some simple, meaningful, go-to lessons to fuel you and your students to the very end. Here are 3 to do just that.   1. Revisit your fool-proof...

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