Feb 3, 2015

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Rule Breaker or Creative Genius? The...

Rule Breaker or Creative Genius? The Talented (yet Terrible) Art Student

There is an image making the virtual rounds of a group of children having just...

Jan 30, 2015

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7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

January 1. The calendar is blank, a fresh year is before you. It is an awesome...

Jan 8, 2015

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When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remembe...

When Teacher Envy Creeps In, Remember to Think Like a Minimalist

Teacher envy is an evil force with the power to take over your confidence....

Nov 24, 2014

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Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Mi...

Jumpstart Any Project with a Five Minute Frenzy

Have you been putting off tackling that junk drawer?  That pile of donated...

Oct 9, 2014

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7 Critiques You Can Use in Your Clas...

7 Critiques You Can Use in Your Classroom Today!

Conducting critiques is an important part of teaching art. Critiques teach...

Jul 22, 2014

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Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways ...

Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways to Reward Students

You can read arguments from both camps on the extrinsic vs. intrinsic...

Feb 25, 2014

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5 Innovative Methods for Maximum Mot...

5 Innovative Methods for Maximum Motivation

A die hard artist can find inspiration in the smallest things. Perhaps you are...

Jan 9, 2014

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Using Limitations to Spark Creativit...

Using Limitations to Spark Creativity

Our ability to create is the most powerful tool we have… Limitations may...

Nov 1, 2013

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Reward Students For Their Hard Work:...

Reward Students For Their Hard Work: Have A Fun Friday!

Have you ever had a student complain about an art project? “This is hard,”...

Oct 29, 2013

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What Makes Great Art, Great?

What Makes Great Art, Great?

High school students are capable of producing some amazing artwork. Every art...

Sep 26, 2013

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Develop Theme-Based Lessons for a Mo...

Develop Theme-Based Lessons for a More Authentic Experience

When writing lesson plans, most teachers start with the objective: What will...

Sep 16, 2013

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Motivate Students With The Great Ame...

Motivate Students With The Great American Sketchbook Game

It would seem art teachers tend to understand the value of the sketchbook...

Aug 23, 2013

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20 Tips For Your 1st (or 10th!) Scho...

20 Tips For Your 1st (or 10th!) School Year

Going into my second year of teaching, I’m still finding the beginning...

Aug 20, 2013

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The Top 10 Contemporary Artists to T...

The Top 10 Contemporary Artists to Teach Alongside Traditional Artists

As art teachers, many of us appreciate the classical artworks created over the...

Aug 19, 2013

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When should art teachers go back to ...

When should art teachers go back to school?

With summer vacation dwindling away (or gone for some of you) a visit to your...

Aug 5, 2013

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Why did You Become an Art Teacher?

Why did You Become an Art Teacher?

There are a ton of reasons teaching art is ‘the best profession on...

Jul 19, 2013

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From Rigor to Vigor! Changing the Wa...

From Rigor to Vigor! Changing the Way We Talk About the Arts

After some in-depth study of arts leadership at the Turnaround Arts Leadership...

Jul 18, 2013

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Would you Bribe Your Students for th...

Would you Bribe Your Students for the Sake of a Sub?

Recently, I was lucky enough to travel with my husband on a business trip....

Feb 11, 2013

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Take the Boredom Out of Observationa...

Take the Boredom Out of Observational Drawing

Let’s face it. Observational drawing can be downright boring for our...

Jun 29, 2012

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5 Ways an Art Room is Like an Airpor...

5 Ways an Art Room is Like an Airport

Recently I spent an entire day traveling from one airport after another. My...

May 25, 2012

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Stop Lying to Yourself

Stop Lying to Yourself

I hear it time and time again from art teachers… “I love teaching...

Apr 13, 2012

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The Beauty Around You

The Beauty Around You

As Art Teachers, we lead hectic lives. Between memorizing hundreds of...

Jan 5, 2012

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Getting a “Yes”

Getting a “Yes”

Do you have an idea that you think is amazing and want to see it implemented...

Nov 30, 2011

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Why Creative People Need to Write

Why Creative People Need to Write

Creativity and writing are closely linked. I am not talking about...