Nov 17, 2015

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3 Projects Every Art Teacher Tries Once

3 Projects Every Art Teacher Tries Once

We’ve all seen these cliché art lessons–the lessons you immediately think of when you think of “art class.” Perhaps you even did these art lessons when you were in school. Once we begin our careers, against our better judgement, we just HAVE to try them.   Here are three projects it may be time to let go of.   1. “Under the Table” Art...

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Nov 17, 2015

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5 Simple Sub Plans to Make Your Life Easier

5 Simple Sub Plans to Make Your Life Easier

I love my job and I love my students, so I try to avoid being gone as much as possible. However, there are times when I just can’t be there. There are times when I need to plan for a sub. The problem with subs is that they are rarely art teachers. They are nervous to sub in the art room. They don’t handle working on ongoing projects very well, and if you don’t provide them...

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Nov 16, 2015

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Why I Don’t Call Home Anymore

Why I Don’t Call Home Anymore

As a younger teacher, I consistently made what I now feel is a big classroom management mistake. I used to undercut my own authority in the classroom by threatening my students with a call to the big guns… the parents. The conventional wisdom is that nothing strikes more fear and immediate compliance from students than the mere mention of the dreaded call home. However, in the...

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Nov 13, 2015

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Make Assigning Seats More Fun with this Simple Tri...

Make Assigning Seats More Fun with this Simple Trick

    I have a love-hate relationship with seating charts. I love how they help me learn students’ names, but I hate creating the “perfect chart” only to learn that I put kids next to each other that should NOT be together. I love how they help my students have a sense of structure in the art room, but I hate the hours it takes to (re)write 24 different seating...

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Nov 12, 2015

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Ease into Technology with a Photo Walk

Ease into Technology with a Photo Walk

I try to stay away from comments like “back when I was your age” or “back in my day,” as those sentences are like nails on a chalkboard for middle school and high school students. But there’s no better way to talk about the challenge in shifting from working with traditional darkroom photography to teaching digital photography. So here we go…. “Back in my day” when...

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Nov 12, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 17: “How to Organize a Party for...

AOE LIVE: Episode 17: “How to Organize a Party for 4,000 Art Teachers” with NAEA Convention Coordinator Bob Reeker

  Andrew and Tim had a chance to chat with Bob Reeker, the Coordinator of the National Art Education Association’s 2016 Convention in Chicago. The discussion covered all things related to this year’s convention, the role of NAEA in art teachers’ lives, and why professionalism and positivity are of the utmost importance.   WATCH...

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Nov 11, 2015

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Why Not Set Up a Volunteer Cart?

Why Not Set Up a Volunteer Cart?

If you are lucky enough to have volunteers come in to help you hang artwork, you may want to consider creating a home base for them. A rolling cart is my favorite way for organizing all the supplies volunteers might need when completing this task. Even if you don’t have volunteers, designating a cart for yourself for this purpose can be incredibly helpful. If you’d like...

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Nov 11, 2015

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Warhol POP Cans: Free Lesson Plan Download

Warhol POP Cans: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Color Art Skills: Observational Drawing, Craftsmanship Art History: Warhol   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     This is a great lesson to use to build students’ observation skills. Real pop cans get students engaged and thinking about the Pop Art movement from the very first...

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Nov 10, 2015

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100 Sketchbook Prompts Your Students Will Love

100 Sketchbook Prompts Your Students Will Love

If you’re anything like me, you can never get enough good sketchbook ideas. I’m always looking for ways to engage students so that they truly want to work in their sketchbooks. Whether you use sketchbooks for project planning, skill development, brainstorming, or something else, you’ll find ideas here that will work for you. My sketchbook assignments and...

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Nov 9, 2015

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3 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Art Room for 2016

3 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Art Room for 2016

Winter break is just around the corner, and if you are anything like your students or your colleagues, you cannot wait to bolt out of the door for a few glorious family-and-friend-filled days away from school. Am I right? Well, today I am going to give you three reasons to resist the urge and stay a little bit longer on that last day at school.     These quick tips will...

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Nov 9, 2015

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A Simple Poster to Make Your Classroom Run Smoothl...

A Simple Poster to Make Your Classroom Run Smoothly

Not all classroom management plans are foolproof. Sometimes strategies work for one group of students but not for others. The best solution is to keep a list of strategies handy that you can rotate through as needed. For example, the poster below hangs in my classrooms. For most of my students, it works. However, for certain students, it doesn’t.     For a few...

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Nov 6, 2015

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21 Surprising Supplies You Didn’t Know You N...

21 Surprising Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed

When it comes to ordering supplies, most of us pull out our trusty art ed catalogs and settle in for a long night of browsing. We pour over numerous brands of tempera paint and question whether we really need Silver Sharpies (Yes. Always yes.). We cross-check three different catalogs to see if we can save a few cents on pencils here or paintbrushes there. I love art ed catalogs,...

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