“We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning at every stage of their career.”

Meet the AOE Team!

We’re art teachers. We’re leaders. We’re passionate about art and higher education. We’re on a mission to make sure every art teacher becomes the best they can be.

A Letter From Our Founder

Hi, I’m Jessica Balsley. Founder and President at the Art of Education.

Several years ago as an art teacher working towards my Master’s Degree I began a search for a university with courses designed for art teachers, but came up short. 

Like so many art teachers, I struggled to find classes that were relevant, practical, and would actually teach me something valuable to my career as an art educator!

This frustration led to the creation and development of The Art of Education. That year, my husband Derek and I set out on a mission to provide Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development™ to art teachers around the world. 

Since that time, and thanks to our loyal fans, The Art of Education has become the largest provider of professional development for art teachers in the world. 

Today, hundreds of thousands of individuals read our online magazine each month while thousands of art teachers attend our conferences and rely on our online graduate classes for license renewal, salary advancement, or to secure a Master’s Degree.

As art teachers, we all have to stick together. We’re not an afterthought – and we absolutely deserve the highest quality professional development available. The Art of Education exists to empower art teachers, to help them thrive in their profession and succeed in their careers.



Jessica Balsley
Founder, The Art of Education


Katie S.

“Seeking resources on your own time to help you further develop as a professional can be daunting, but AOE has alleviated that. I feel a better sense of community in my profession through this site.”

Cheryl C.

“AOE provides a way for us to connect, to learn, to enjoy each other’s successes and ideas, to seek help, and to laugh with each other. Through vision and a growth mindset, AOE has done something wonderful for all of us, and I am truly thankful!”

Melissa D.

AOE really does provide relevant PD for Art Teachers by staying on the cusp of innovative connections and education movements while breaking them down and making it manageable to understand and apply in the art classroom.”

Work With Us

Would you like to work with The Art of Education? Maybe you’d like to be a writer, or an instructor, or a presenter at our next event!

We’re a fun group that works hard to create awesome stuff for art teachers. If you want to make a dent in the Art Ed Universe – we’d love to hear more about you!