2013 Art Ed Blog of the Year – Results Announced!


Two weeks ago we announced the 3rd Annual Art Ed Blog of the Year Contest! One week ago we Announced the Top 20 Finalists and opened up the voting process! Friday night at Midnight voting ceased, and today we are excited to announce a winner and the Top 10 Finalists!! Below are the top 10 Art Ed Blogs of the Year, as voted on by readers, followers, and friends of these talented individuals! A big congratulations to all of the winners and nominees! We are truly blessed to have so many great Art Ed resources out there. Keep sharing and keep creating everyone!

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1st Place


A note from blog author, Zach Stoller on his 1st Place Finish:

I started the Thomas Elementary Art blog in 2009 during the middle of my first year as a full time art teacher.  I originally started the blog to share what was going on in the art room with the parents of my students. I soon began getting comments and messages from art teachers from all around the US as well as a few from teachers in other countries. I was thrilled to be a finalist this year, and I’m truly humbled to have come in 1st place. It is validation for all of the years of hard work that I have put into my job. Thank you to all of my readers, students, parents, and friends who voted for Thomas Elementary Art.

2nd Place


3rd Place


4th Place


5th Place


6th Place


7th Place


8th Place


9th Place


10th Place



Looking for more wonderful blogs to follow this year? Check out the other 10 finalists (they are all amazing!): Art in the Big Green Room, Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs, Dali’s Mustache, Art Teacher’s Hate Glitter, Art is Basic, Artchoo, Art Project Girl, Organized Chaos, Tales From The Traveling Art Teacher and Teach Kids Art.

All of the winners and finalists will receive customized Art Ed Blog of the Year Badges which they are invited to display on their blog’s sidebar or other prominent position linking back to this post helping the entire Art Ed community discover more great new blogs every day! What an incredibly fun and rewarding process this has been! Thanks to everyone for participating and for sharing your gifts with the art ed world.


Be sure to congratulate the winners and let them know what you think of their work, in the comments below!

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Heidi O’Hanley

    Congratulations to the top ten! I’m honestly just humbled that “Tales From the Traveling Art Teacher!” made it as a finalist, and I thank you for this opportunity.

    There are so many wonderful resources, thanks to the dedicated art educators who share their expertise!

    Thank you, fellow bloggers, for everything you do to advocate for the arts!!!

  • Mrs.C

    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!!! A big thanks to everyone of you for continuing to share your ideas and expertise with all of us! :)

  • Congrats to all the winners and finalists. Way to go!

  • Laura Kim

    Congrats to all!! Again, humbled to have been among the top 20!! Woohooo!

  • www.artprojectgirl.blogpost.co

    Love this LIST! Hope to work on getting to know some of these art teachers through there blogs. The community is getting so big it’s amazing to see how many of us there are! What used to be a lonely profession (the only art teacher in the building) has become a great community through the internet. Thank you Jessica for making this contest year after year and introducing new blogs:)

  • Amazing congratulations to the winners and all the participants for even reciving votes! OUTSTANDING BLOGS!!! Round of Applause to you all!

  • artsofumble

    Jessica: God bless you for your love and passion for art teachers and their students!

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  • Sefer

    Great list! Thank you so much for posting!

  • Amy Janicki

    This is awesome!! I am now following them all! What a great resource for art educators!! Thank you for all your hard work!

  • artguest

    I am always interested in how art teachers present their lessons and inspiration. I love the awards that help steer others to share their ideas and recognition for their creativity. What SHOCKS me is the casual light hearted comments made regarding being driven to drink adult beverages and inspiring children with references to “crack!” C’mon, can’t we be clever and fun and recognized for the positive comments in an award winning blog! You realize parents look at this too, right? If I made similar posts here or on Facebook, not only would I not win a blog of the year award, but would lose my job as a respected educator. Very disappointing.



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    Great Resources!

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