Jun 11, 2014

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I Don’t Like Grading, And, Uh, I Don’t...

I Don’t Like Grading, And, Uh, I Don’t Think I’m Gonna Grade Anymore

There is a scene in the movie Office Space where the main character, Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is on a first date with Joanna (Jennifer Aniston). Peter is accidentally stuck in a hypnotic state of relaxation. This is the dialog that follows when Joanna asks Peter about his job. Peter Gibbons: I uh, I don’t like my job, and, uh, I don’t think I’m gonna go...

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Jun 10, 2014

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Is it Appropriate to Use Social Media During the S...

Is it Appropriate to Use Social Media During the School Day?

These days, there are many ways to share about and advocate for your art program. While some of these are more old school, like writing a blurb for the school newsletter, many use social media. Most likely, no one would balk at the idea of emailing a parent during the day, but what about posting to Facebook? Are there any established norms when it comes to posting to social...

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Jun 9, 2014

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Best Behavior BINGO: Free Download

Best Behavior BINGO: Free Download

Games are a classic student motivator, so what could be better than a classroom management game? How about one that is pretty much built for you!? Enter: Best Behavior Bingo.     The idea is simple and easy to implement. Each class gets a bingo-style card posted in the art room.  Just like a classic bingo card, the letters at the top spell BINGO. Instead of numbers, the...

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Jun 6, 2014

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Why I Pick My Battles in the Art Room Wisely

Why I Pick My Battles in the Art Room Wisely

  With the extremely cold and long winter we had this year, it seemed like the beginning of 4th quarter would never arrive. Before I knew it, it was the last day of 3rd quarter and I couldn’t have been more excited to get a new group of students. A new group of students means a fresh start. One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of the quarter is an interest...

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Jun 5, 2014

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The Perfect One-Day Lesson

The Perfect One-Day Lesson

Oil Pastel Tie-Dye is a simple, one-day lesson that you can whip out at a moment’s notice. It’s perfect for a variety of situations, from the class that gets ahead to a day when you have to be out of the art room. As a bonus, the effect is so mesmerizing that it’s guaranteed to have both elementary and high school students sitting quietly in their seats for the...

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Jun 4, 2014

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The Only Online Clay Resource You’ll Ever Ne...

The Only Online Clay Resource You’ll Ever Need!

One of my very favorite clay resource websites is run by art educator, John Post at www.johnpost.us.     From project to firing schedules, you’ll find everything here. John knows clay and has a powerful teaching philosophy we can all relate to. In fact, John manages to blow through over 3,000 lbs of clay each year in his art curriculum and finds a way to seamlessly...

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Jun 3, 2014

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Mystery Solved: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a...

Mystery Solved: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a 3D Anamorphosis Drawing

How many times have we stared in amazement at the street art chalk drawings of Julian Beever or the 3D pencil drawings of artist Nagai Hideyuki and thought, “How did they do that?” Their art appears to pop off the very pavement or paper that it was created on. We know it’s an illusion. We know it’s anamorphosis. What we aren’t quite sure of is how it’s done....

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Jun 2, 2014

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Use 123D Creature to Shape, Mold and Paint Without...

Use 123D Creature to Shape, Mold and Paint Without Getting Messy!

Editor’s Note: This week resident Tech Guru Ian Sands is bringing you two awesome ways to use technology in your classroom. Today he’s featuring the incredible app 123D Creature. Tomorrow, he’s bring you a seriously simple step-by-step tutorial for creating unbelievable anamorphosis drawings. You won’t want to miss it!   It’s not quite 2D...

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May 30, 2014

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How to Plan a Successful Return from a Leave of Ab...

How to Plan a Successful Return from a Leave of Absence

Yesterday, you read about why I took a break from art education. Today I would like to talk to you about how to plan a successful return from a leave of absence. Returning to work after an extended leave can be a difficult transition. In my case, I was returning from an extended maternity leave. I had a fantastic leave and felt ready to go back. However, with a newborn baby, I knew...

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May 29, 2014

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Why I Took a Break from Art Education

Why I Took a Break from Art Education

  Art education has been a large part of my life for many years. If I’m not writing an article about art ed, I’m reading one. If I’m not taking a graduate class, I’m planning out which one I’ll take next. I’m constantly multi-tasking, always on the go, and find it very difficult to take breaks, from anything, really. So naturally, when I...

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May 28, 2014

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15 Ways to Communicate with Parents and Families

15 Ways to Communicate with Parents and Families

As summer approaches, there is no better time to begin, or perfect, your venues for communicating with parents, families, and the larger art ed world.  Devote some time this summer to explore your communication options.  Choose something that is enjoyable for YOU to keep up with, or revamp what you’re already doing to suit your scheduling, professional, and aesthetic needs. ...

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May 27, 2014

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Let’s Talk Classrooms!

Let’s Talk Classrooms!

The responses to our April Facebook request for a view from your desk were a hoot! You guys posted 122 photos and comments, giving us plenty of stops on a virtual art room tour. Thanks for keeping the conversations fun and lively! Let’s continue them today and take a deeper look at exactly what is going on in these places that are pretty much our second homes…   1....

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