Dec 12, 2014

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Why You Should Demo Everything for Y...

Why You Should Demo Everything for Your Youngest Students

  In the art room, there is a time and place for vague directions,...

Dec 10, 2014

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The Secret to Successful One-Day Cla...

The Secret to Successful One-Day Clay Projects

  The way my middle school schedule is designed I get to see every...

Dec 9, 2014

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3 Ways to Transform Toys from Playt...

3 Ways to Transform Toys from  Playthings to Learning Tools

  When I first started teaching middle school art over a decade ago, I...

Nov 27, 2014

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A Genius Way to Keep the Art Room Qu...

A Genius Way to Keep the Art Room Quiet

  Have you ever had a class where you looked up and realized no one in...

Nov 26, 2014

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Fixed v. Growth Mindset: What Does i...

Fixed v. Growth Mindset: What Does it Mean for the Art Room?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been bombarded over the past couple of...

Nov 5, 2014

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Make Your Own Magnetic Color Wheel

Make Your Own Magnetic Color Wheel

  When I started teaching, I began running into issues communicating the...

Oct 17, 2014

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Sneak in MORE Art History with a Mys...

Sneak in MORE Art History with a Mystery Artist Board!

    Are you looking for a fun way to increase your students’...

Oct 14, 2014

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How To Keep Your Art Kids Coming Bac...

How To Keep Your Art Kids Coming Back

In so many art rooms, the number of students enrolled determines the...

Sep 30, 2014

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Teach Your Students to Draw Contour ...

Teach Your Students to Draw Contour Lines

Teaching contour line is a simple way to hone students’ observational...

Sep 12, 2014

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How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergar...

How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

Paper maché with young students can quickly become a living nightmare in the...

Sep 8, 2014

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The Secret to Getting Out the Door W...

The Secret to Getting Out the Door When the School Day Ends

  Do you ever get stuck at school? You know, you have a plan to leave at...

Aug 22, 2014

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3 Creative Ways to Explore Color Mix...

3 Creative Ways to Explore Color Mixing with Students

I’m betting that when it comes to teaching color mixing, 99% of us, myself...

Aug 11, 2014

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How to Prepare for Any School Emerge...

How to Prepare for Any School Emergency

  Be Ready to Get Ahold of Others In addition to posting emergency...

Jul 8, 2014

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15 Things Nobody Tells You About Bec...

15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher

We all know there are unknowns with any career path we choose. How we handle...

Jun 27, 2014

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Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGG...

Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

There is a lot to be said for small paintings or drawings. They are less...

May 22, 2014

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3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedbac...

3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

If you are an education nerd like me, the Grant Wiggins article “Seven...

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 1, 2014

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The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs T...

The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Art Teacher Must Learn

As an Apple fan, I have always been interested in how Steve Jobs created a...

Mar 26, 2014

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5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

Still lives are a staple of art education, but, boy, can they get boring in a...

Mar 24, 2014

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Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways t...

Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on the iPad

What’s the first question you ask when you see something done on an...

Mar 18, 2014

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10 Creative Critiques to Try This Sc...

10 Creative Critiques to Try This School Year

Many of us might cringe thinking back to our days of college art critiques. A...

Mar 13, 2014

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Help Your Students Meet Their Potent...

Help Your Students Meet Their Potential with a Materials Workshop Day

I often think about how little time we get to spend with our students. In...

Mar 7, 2014

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Video: Plan Ahead to Ensure the Hall...

Do you feel embarrassed by the poor, bare walls in your school during the...

Feb 27, 2014

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How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase ...

How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase Student Productivity

Do you ever get so involved in an activity that you forget to take a break? I...