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This one-day event features 20+ amazingly relevant presentations covering painting, portraiture, differentiation, creativity, ceramics, classroom management, organization, technology, assessment, STEAM/PBL, and much more! Unlike traditional conferences, you get to see every presentation.
Internationally-acclaimed artist Alexa Meade is famous for inventing a style of painting that magically transforms the three-dimensional world of reality into a two-dimensional representation of itself. Alexa has exhibited this technique in such diverse venues as Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery, London’s Saatchi Gallery, Paris’ Grand Palais, New York’s Postmaster’s Gallery, and the streets of Tokyo. Her perspective-bending artwork is a primary visual storytelling element in The Color of Reality.
In this presentation, you will get a look inside the studio of Alexa Meade as she talks about the evolution of her artmaking process. Alexa will also discuss where she finds inspiration, which artists have influenced her, and how all types different ideas make their way into her work. She will talk about her experience with art and education, and how her time in the classroom helped her find and develop her artistic style. This will be a presentation you don’t want to miss!
Rachel Albert is a middle school art teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to her role developing curriculum and engaging students through a wide range of instructional approaches in the art classroom, she is also the school’s Technology Coach. She strives to engage all students in art education through integrated learning, and school-wide initiatives. She has developed a curriculum that uses technology in novel and innovative ways such as blended learning, using art-related apps and google classroom to support learning and bringing student voice into art experiences. She has participated in every AOE conference, but this is her first time as a presenter.
Are you looking for some new ideas when it comes to teaching the Elements of Art? Rachel will share tested and true lessons that will be sure to engage your students. In this fast-paced presentation, you will see 7 project ideas, 1 minute per project, each focusing on each of the 7 Elements of Art. You will learn the process for each unit, the inspiration behind each project, and see some tips on how to set your students up for success.
John is an elementary art teacher in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has taught art to kids at every level from Kindergarten through 12th grade since 1991. John hopes that by sharing how he uses clay with his students, more art teachers will venture beyond the basic pinch pot.
Ruth is an elementary art teacher in Roseville, Michigan where her thematic lessons always incorporate an element of play to engage her students in the learning process.
When they are not teaching, both John and Ruth enjoy working in their art studios in Sedona, AZ.
Kids are never too young (or too old) to work with clay for the first time! Whether you are teaching Kindergarten, high school, or any level in between, John and Ruth are here with tips to make your students’ first clay experience a success. They will cover lessons, materials, equipment, and organization, giving you the tools and ideas you need to teach clay to your beginning students!
Andrea Slusarski is an artist, educator & midwest-transplant living and creating in Denver, CO. She teaches Drawing and Painting at Gateway High School, and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Emerging Technologies at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. She hopes one day to inspire all subject areas to integrate the visual arts to boost student learning.
Join Andrea as she shares some of her favorite painting lessons! She will run down a list of beginning acrylic paintings she uses to build students’ confidence in painting & build crucial skills that will continue to improve their painting practice!
With a heritage stretching back to 1832 in the Lake District, UK, the home of the first pencil, Derwent is still going strong. Our passion and commitment to excellence is demonstrated to perfection in the Derwent brand of fine art drawing media.
Follow along with Nic Hahn as she shows you how to help students create an amazing collagraph. She will take you step-by-step through this fascinating process, utilizing materials from Derwent to make a successful finished product.
Natalie Elisabeth Jackson is currently an art teacher at BASIS DC Public Charter School in Washington DC. Her background includes the study of various art studio practices, art history, music theory and composition, and folklore. She earned her BA in Art History from Howard University and her MA in Art + the Book from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is currently working on her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction at the George Washington University. This school year she is teaching primarily middle school students but also has experience with working with elementary, secondary, and undergraduate students. She loves working in collaboration with her colleagues to create multidimensional art experiences for her students.
We live in a time where information is always at the click of a button. While this has many advantages, it has left our students without solid research and discernment skills. Often, their educational experiences are self-curated through their own Google searches.
But, as we know, to become a well-rounded artist, it’s important to see the interconnectedness in our world. In this presentation, Natalie will share strategies for helping tell stories and create connections to help our students appreciate art at a deeper level.
Lena Rodriguez is the High School Painting and Drawing Director at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie Texas. She is in her 11th year of teaching and focuses on creating a positive culture within her studio, conducive to exploration and conceptualism.
For many schools, each year brings less funding for and less focus on the arts. However, there is one school district that is working to change that. In the fall of 2013, the Grand Prairie Independent School District established it’s own 6-12 fine arts academy. This public school of choice has advanced academics and seven strands of study in the fine arts.
In this presentation, join the school’s longest-serving Visual Art Director, Lena Rodriguez. Lena will talk about how GPFAA has become a leader in fine arts education and the creative successes that can happen when the fine arts come first.
Melissa Purtee teaches visual art at Apex High School outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. She is passionate about student choice, supporting diversity and creating pathways for authentic self-expression. She is also the author of The Open Art Room and the blog Thoughts on Arting.
There are so many behavior issues a single art teacher can face. One period, it’s the student who sits, unworking, as the rest of the class creates. The next, it’s the student who never stops asking questions because they’re so unsure of their own capabilities. What’s an art teacher to do!?
Join Melissa as she offers solutions for your trickiest management issues. She’ll guide you through timesaving strategies to help you meet the needs of all students and share practical tips for building positive student-teacher relationships. Walk away with the know-how to help your students achieve!
Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT has been teaching in Gwinnett County Georgia since 1993. She teaches students via the visual arts at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA where she is the department chair of the visual art department, fine arts co-chair, NAHS co-sponsor and the owner of the Crystal Collage Children’s Art Studio. She is a huge advocate for art education and has worked extensively with the Georgia Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association.
Debi was just named the National 2017 Southeastern Secondary Art Educator of the Year, and has previously been recognized as the 2009 Georgia Art Educator of the Year and the 2005 national Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She earned her BA in studio art from the University of South Carolina, her teaching degree from the Moore College of Art and Design and her MAEd, Ed.S and her (almost) Ph.D from the University of Georgia. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Art Educator.
Teaching portraiture can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s all about showing students how they can combine line, shape, and value to create a face. With the right instructional strategies, even your youngest students can participate!
Join Debi as she presents some of the most successful portraiture lessons she has taught over the years. Once students have the basics down, learn how to push their skills even further with creative prompts that incorporate everything from art history to specific art concepts. In this way, you’ll help them begin to create their own visual stories!
Kerri Waller is a middle school art teacher in Marietta, GA. Kerri is passionate about STEAM and using art as a way to give back to the community. She is her school’s teacher of the year and the Georgia Art Education Association’s Middle Level teacher of the year. Kerri has been published in Arts & Activities magazine and shares her thoughts on art education at pretendstudio.weebly.com.
If you’re looking for a slew of engaging projects to reinvigorate your teaching practice, look no further! In this presentation, Kerri Waller will share six different projects that have been incredibly successful in her middle school art room.
What’s more, all of these projects have a STEAM connection. Meaning that they’ll not only make you and your students happy, but they’ll make your administration happy as well. You’ll learn about catapults, holograms, pour painting, and more. Be inspired to try something new and exciting with your students!
Successful. Easy. Fun. Art to Remember is an art fundraising company that helps schools raise money for their classrooms, a schoolwide initiative or a community service project. They will show you how easy it is to manage a fundraiser and guarantee that you, the students and parents will want to do it year after year.
Follow along with AOE Content Specialist Alecia Kaczmarek as she shows a great color theory project that also works as a successful fundraiser in your own classroom. She will take you step-by-step through this great lesson and the process of working with Platinum Sponsor, Art to Remember to raise money for your classroom. This presentation will have everything you need to start working on a simple, organized, and enjoyable fundraiser from beginning to end without the headaches!
Amy is a 6-12th grade Art Teacher in Lexington, MA. She also co-coordinates her school’s new MakerSpace and is passionate about promoting maker-centered learning across disciplines. She is an advocate for choice-based teaching, and has spent the last two years researching and developing the best ways to modify Teaching for Artistic Behavior to fit her schedule and environment.
Assessment can be overwhelming in the choice-based classroom. With so many different projects and skill levels, how can we effectively assess finished work in a way that is fair, authentic, and motivating to our students? Amy will outline her method of using a universal rubric system, a system that stays consistent throughout courses and projects, that remains familiar to students (and to you!) and that equitably judges students’ mastery of understanding and application of both formal skill and creative practices. Walk away with some practical, easy-to-implement ideas on how to build your own universal rubric and begin using assessment vocabulary that will stick with students for years to come.
Rich is a middle school art teacher in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Focusing on the process, Rich values the importance of how and why his students create their artwork as much as the finished product.
Every cartoon character, superhero, and villain has a story. Students are drawn to TV shows, movies, and books that have strong character stories. This presentation will walk you through the process of designing an original character from 2D to 3D . . . and beyond! Join Rich as he teaches you how to unleash the power of storytelling to create wonderful paper mache characters and impressive 3D models.
Wynita Harmon is an elementary art facilitator in Plano, TX and has been teaching in Title I schools for 11 years. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and is dedicated to being a life-long learner to promote a growth mindset. She provides meaningful experiences for her students using the TAB/Choice-Based philosophy that fosters innovation, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking skills and collaboration in the art studio.
Do you wish you had a fun way to change things up and help your students develop their creative thinking skills? If so, this presentation is for you! Using art challenges, you can help your students build their capacity for innovation and have fun at the same time. You will leave this presentation with specific ideas and lessons to implement art challenges that foster creativity and critical thinking in your students!
Matt and Craig have been teaching together for over 15 years. As co-workers and best friends, they have worked hard to make sure that their art program is a successful family that is at the cutting edge of creating lifelong learners in the arts. They have taken the time to develop a curriculum that not only allows for student success at all levels but provides a clear, rigorous path to future career art makers.
These days, everyone wants lessons to be differentiated, or customized, to match the abilities of each student. Finding a way to differentiate lessons to meet the needs of hundreds of unique students seems impossible, but it’s not as hard as getting Matt to fit in Craig’s Honda Del Sol. (If you don’t believe this, you’ve never seen Matt!) Come hang out with Matt and Craig as they give you the tools to differentiate AND make art class run more smoothly for you and your students.
Lois Holzman is a developmental psychologist who is internationally recognized for her work regarding the effects of play, performance, and group creativity over the span of a lifetime.
She has worked with learners from preschool through adulthood in research, training, and project development both in and out of traditional school settings.
Lois is co-founder and director of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy in New York City. She also organizes the bi-annual Performing the Word conferences and has started collaborative educational and community-building projects based on performance and play all over the world. Lois is the author of multiple books including “Vygotsky at Work and Play” and “Schools for Growth.”
What do famous actors Tina Fey and Alan Alda have to do with your art class? It turns out, quite a bit.
Not only are they superb improvisers, but they also speak out about how improv can benefit everyone. With its emphasis on risk, responsiveness, and relationship-building, improv is at the heart of the artistic process.
In this presentation, you will learn how improv can also be at the heart of what you do in the classroom. Become familiar with the basics of improve and performance and how they are being used to improve teaching and develop the creative process.
Tessa has been teaching for nine years and loves working with students of all ages including adults. She resides in Lebanon, Pennsylvania with her husband, a science teacher who shares her love of travel and the outdoors. They enjoy their artistic and scientific personalities peaceably existing through lots of conversation and humor. She currently instructs K-12 students at a small school and enjoys slowly building and strengthening their art program. Tessa has a passion for fostering opportunities for people to experience creating together and has a particular interest in families creating together.
As art teachers, we so often neglect ourselves and our own creative needs. Amongst our daily hustle to take care of the to-do list and meet everyone else’s needs and deadlines, we rarely take time for ourselves. Our rooms exist on a continual sliding scale of cleanliness to glitter explosion. Our coworkers constantly ask for favors and supplies. On top of it all, our classrooms often become the space where students come and feel comfortable to share and confide in their lives. With so many external demands, how do we protect ourselves from burnout? Tessa will share some of her best ideas to prevent emotional exhaustion and practice self-care.
Shannon’s passion lies where creative expression in art education collides with meeting the needs of all learners. She has taught in a variety of educational settings with students preschool-aged through adult. She worked for several years in schools for students with emotional and behavior disabilities as well as psychiatric diagnoses; she was also trained in ABA as she worked in a self-contained classroom for students with autism. Shannon is passionate about developing strategies and interventions to provide creative outlets for students of all abilities in the art room. She now works as a full-time graduate instructor for The Art of Ed helping other art teachers learn to do the same.
Art class is one of the first places where students with special needs are mainstreamed. As districts manage their budgets and develop new special education programs, more and more art teachers see “Adaptive Art” or “Self-Contained Class” on their weekly schedules. With a passion for art and special education, Shannon will discuss strategies for managing behavior and keeping students with special needs engaged and working at their ability level. Learn strategies for collecting and using data, developing and implementing reinforcers to shape behavior, and creating engaging art experiences for all students.
Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, where she has had her dream job for over a decade. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges. She thinks think art class is THE place where students can learn to be creative problem solvers in a technology-saturated work world.
Just in time for cold and flu season, Lindsey will be presenting a variety of tips and tricks to make an art teacher absence as painless as possible. This presentation will include practical strategies for helping your class run as smoothly while you rest and recuperate (mostly) worry-free. In addition to covering best practices for handling a sub situation, this session will include actual sub lesson plans for a variety of levels and classroom situation, all ready to print at a moment’s notice. So, avoid the “sick day stress,” and get prepared to miss work when you need to!
Kelly Phillips is a 4th and 5th grade art teacher in Hopkinton, MA, and an AOE writer. As a TAB teacher, she is passionate about fostering independence in her students. She strives to create an environment where all students can become independent, self-directed risk-takers.
Kelly began her teaching career working with special needs students. She then earned her BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her M.Ed. in STEM education from Framingham State University.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and being in nature.
Have you thought about trying choice-based centers but need help on how to organize everything? Do you wish you could visit a choice-based classroom, so you know where to start? During this presentation, Kelly will take you on a tour of her classroom and break down how she organizes and opens centers throughout the year.
Kelly will discuss how she makes choices about her classroom and how you can translate those ideas to help your students. She’ll also reveal tips and tricks she’s learned over the years to keep her choice classroom studios running smoothly. Finally, she will share additional resources, blogs, and professional learning communities so you can continue on your journey of offering choice to your students.
Don Masse teaches at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a public elementary school with a visual arts focus. He writes about his art room experiences on his blog, www.shinebritezamorano.com. He is a contributing editor for Arts & Activities magazine, where he shares ways to incorporate living artists into the elementary art curriculum.
Designing and painting murals is one of the most challenging things you can do as an art educator–but also one of the most rewarding. In this presentation, Don will take you through the steps of starting a mural program at your school, including how to approach your administration and getting your colleagues to buy in. He will also show you how to have success when you create murals, including generating ideas and plans, choosing the right materials, and avoiding mistakes as you work through the process.
Each presentation includes handouts that can be downloaded and printed for immediate use in your classroom.
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