May 8, 2015

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Do Art Teachers Need to Be Artists?

Do Art Teachers Need to Be Artists?

When engaging in a conversation about careers, often the first question you...

Apr 24, 2015

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Unplug to Become the “Summer Y...

Unplug to Become the “Summer You” All Year Round

    Last month I wrote an article exposing some of the...

Mar 18, 2015

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I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art ...

I Took AOE’s Choice Based Art Education Class and Lived to Tell the Tale

I recently completed AOE’s Choice Based Art Ed online course. I have never...

Mar 16, 2015

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Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art ...

Confessions of a Not-So-Perfect Art Teacher

I learn so much from my online community of art educators. I don’t think I...

Mar 13, 2015

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What is the Perfect Balance of Techn...

What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room?

A number of years ago, when my district was organizing an introduction of a...

Mar 12, 2015

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Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Did You Steal That Off Pinterest?

Everyone likes Pinterest, but it has produced an art quandary in my life. I...

Mar 6, 2015

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Do Teachers Need To Be Experts?

Do Teachers Need To Be Experts?

  Nothing feels better than having a student ask how to accomplish a...

Feb 24, 2015

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Should Art Students Be Allowed to Di...

Should Art Students Be Allowed to Ditch Projects?

As artists, we’ve all worked halfway through something and then, for a...

Nov 4, 2014

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When Making Art Doesn’t Make A...

When Making Art Doesn’t Make Art

I used to work with a teacher who would never give an assignment that...

Oct 31, 2014

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Socia...

My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Painting Parties

If you haven’t experienced one yourself, I am nearly positive...

Sep 2, 2014

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When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gu...

When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

A seven year old boy chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. He...

Jul 28, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Free Choice

Rocks vs. Sucks: Free Choice

Welcome to the last Rocks vs. Sucks installment for July. We’ve had some...

Jul 21, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Taking Work Home

Rocks vs. Sucks: Taking Work Home

Welcome to the third installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, the place for you to...

Jul 14, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Welcome to the second installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, your place to sound off...

Jul 7, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher ...

Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher Lessons

Hey AOE Readers! We’ve noticed something interesting about the art ed world....

Jun 10, 2014

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Is it Appropriate to Use Social Medi...

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

These days, there are many ways to share about and advocate for...

Apr 16, 2014

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What Defines Art Teacher Style?

What Defines Art Teacher Style?

After seeing so many (4000 plus!) art teachers in one place at the 2014 NAEA...

Apr 14, 2014

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10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Ar...

10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Art Teacher

You are accustomed to people adding things to your plate. You probably feel...

Apr 10, 2014

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How to Teach Culture with Integrity ...

How to Teach Culture with Integrity in the Art Room

It’s so easy as art teachers to get excited about the beautiful art forms of...

Feb 17, 2014

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Can You Disagree With Other Art Educ...

Can You Disagree With Other Art Educators And Still Be Right?

Take a look at this student’s art work. Can you read what it...

Feb 7, 2014

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Video: Is Your Paper Cutter A Huge S...

Video: Is Your Paper Cutter A Huge Safety Hazard?

Hazards in the art room exist. From smelly paints to sharp objects, safety...

Feb 5, 2014

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5 Brilliant Responses to the Stateme...

5 Brilliant Responses to the Statement, “My Little Sister Could Do That!”

As art teachers, we are often challenged by our students when they are...

Jan 8, 2014

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Do Students Need to Plan?

Do Students Need to Plan?

As a former project manager, I understand fully the importance of the phases...

Dec 30, 2013

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The Great Artists Copy

The Great Artists Copy

I was standing in a small art gallery in New Bern, NC staring at a six foot,...