Jun 17, 2015

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5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photogra...

5 Pieces of Solid Advice for Your Digital Photography Students

I launched a new digital arts curriculum this year, and digital photography was a big part of it. Everyone claims they know how to take good quality photos. It’s so easy nowadays with the advent of smartphones. Just point, click, slap on a filter, and you’ve got an amazing photo, right? We art teachers know differently. We know there’s more to taking a stunning photo than...

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Jun 16, 2015

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Set Up Stations in No Time With This Simple Trick

Set Up Stations in No Time With This Simple Trick

Do you struggle to find time to set up prepared, quality projects with your back-to-back classes? Are you tired of hastily gathering materials for your next class as they’re walking in the door? The video below provides solutions to your set-up woes! These suggestions can work for daily set-up, centers, or even entire units!     The bins featured are stackable, which...

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Jun 16, 2015

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What’s it Like to Be an Art Teacher at a Mon...

What’s it Like to Be an Art Teacher at a Montessori School?

I’m glad you asked! Many art educators teach in what we call ‘traditional’ art education roles at public or private K-12 schools. But there are definitely art teachers out there who teach art in nontraditional and creative schools. It’s fascinating to learn from them and see how ‘the other side lives.’ Today I am bringing you the story of...

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Jun 15, 2015

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A Must-Read Guide for Artistic Summer Vacations

A Must-Read Guide for Artistic Summer Vacations

Summer is a great time to refresh, renew, and relax. For a lot of us, that is accomplished with 2 things: art and travel. We decided to ask a few art teachers from around the country the best places to visit if you’re in their areas. However, we’re not talking about the  MoMA or the Art Institute here.     We’re looking for unique, creative places that you may not...

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Jun 12, 2015

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Bring Famous Art to Your Students with a Traveling...

Bring Famous Art to Your Students with a Traveling Exhibit!

Nothing comes close to viewing the original work of the old masters. Knowing the historical and artistic context it was created in and then seeing the ‘real thing’ right in front of you is like no other experience. For so many of our students, however, this opportunity never becomes a reality. Seeing artwork of this caliber is not something that is easily accessible or...

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Jun 11, 2015

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Why You Should Ask Your Students to Rate Their Pro...

Why You Should Ask Your Students to Rate Their Projects

For the last day of 5th-grade art this year, I had my students gather up all their artwork from the year and select one project that they enjoyed the most. They had to photograph it, edit the photo, upload it to Artsonia and write a personal reflection on why it was their favorite. I wanted to see what they had to say about what we had done this year. As I read through their 300+...

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Jun 11, 2015

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We’ve Flipped this Lesson For You!

We’ve Flipped this Lesson For You!

Did you know there is more than one way to flip your art room? In the AOE online class Flipping the Art Room, 7 different flipping methods are presented beyond the traditional approach of having students watch videos at home. One of these methods is the “watch and do” flipping method. This approach works well for students who struggle to remember detailed steps...

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Jun 10, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 8: “A Blueprint for STEAM ...

AOE LIVE: Episode 8: “A Blueprint for STEAM Education” with Cassidy Reinken

  Cassidy Reinken stopped by the show tonight to talk about making art a vital part of a STEAM education. Cassidy has been both a writer and instructor for AOE. Most recently she co-authored the AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Class. Earlier this year, she transitioned from her role as a middle school visual arts specialist to a Magnet Coordinator at Johnson STEAM Academy...

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Jun 10, 2015

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4 Insightful Tips For Teaching a New Digital Arts ...

4 Insightful Tips For Teaching a New Digital Arts Curriculum

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome AOE’s newest writer Andrew McCormick! Andrew teaches 8th and 9th grade art and is passionate about choice, STEAM, and technology education. Please give him a warm welcome in the comments! If you’d like to learn more about Andrew, head on over to the AOE About Page.      More and more teachers, art departments, and...

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Jun 10, 2015

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Collaborative Wire Mobiles with Twisteez Wire: Fre...

Collaborative Wire Mobiles with Twisteez Wire: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Shape, and Form Art Skills: Sculpture Art History: Calder   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This lesson is a hit with students because they are able to use a somewhat ‘forbidden’ material – wire! Using a student-grade colored wire, like Twisteez Wire, is an excellent...

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Jun 9, 2015

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How to Stand up For Yourself When Respect Seems li...

How to Stand up For Yourself When Respect Seems like an Uphill Battle

I’ll never forget the first time I had to stand up for myself at work. Our entire building was undergoing a renovation. We were told the Phase 1 plans included all of the classrooms. So, like any unsuspecting and trusting art teacher, I assumed the art room was on that list. I was wrong. Every single room was included, except the art room! Of course, I was assured by “Phase...

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Jun 9, 2015

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A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the ...

A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room

I was first inspired to explore stop-motion when I met influential art ed dude Mark Jones. He’s the genius behind some of the best stop-motion animation videos designed, written, and created by kids. I was lucky enough to see him at my state art ed conference a few years back. If you haven’t seen these videos – watch them before you go any further! The Robot and the...

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