Dec 27, 2013

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Free Lesson Plan Download: Abstract Tech

Free Lesson Plan Download: Abstract Tech

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Shape, Color Art Skills: Computer Graphics, Critique Art History: Abstract Expressionism * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a great way to introduce your students to the idea of critique. Using a simple game, students are asked to look carefully at, and talk thoughtfully about...

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Dec 26, 2013

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Use art2day for your Contemporary Art Needs!

Use art2day for your Contemporary Art Needs!

Showing examples of artists’ work is a great way to get the creative fire burning under the seats of your students. Ironically, searching for the right images by spending hours on Google or sifting through Pinterest is like a bucket of cold water over a teacher’s head. However, there is a site that might be the waterproof match you’ve been looking for:...

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Dec 24, 2013

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Our Favorite Holiday Art Parodies for the Art Room

Our Favorite Holiday Art Parodies for the Art Room

Around the holidays it can be fun to use Holiday Art Parodies in addition to your regular instruction. Looking at these (and comparing them to the original) can provide a nice art criticism activity AND fill in some of those strange shortened class periods, early outs, and snow days that can happen this time of year. You could even have students make their own parodies as a...

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Dec 23, 2013

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3 Simple Tips to Make Tracking Student Growth Mana...

3 Simple Tips to Make Tracking Student Growth Manageable

I just got off the phone with a dedicated teacher of 20 plus years from Ohio.  As you may know, Ohio is going under rapid changes when it comes to the new teacher evaluation system focusing on showing student growth. This veteran teacher stated that he’s totally had to change the way he teaches and is completely overwhelmed. After his first evaluation, his administrator is...

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Dec 20, 2013

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Kick the Winter Blues with Buzzfeed!

Kick the Winter Blues with Buzzfeed!

If you haven’t heard of the website Buzzfeed, you’re missing out! For the past few months I’ve been checking Buzzfeed regularly for my daily dose of entertainment and inspiration. In addition to the full website, Buzzfeed also has an app, which I find much more user friendly and easier to read. For those of you that don’t know, Buzzfeed provides (generally)...

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Dec 19, 2013

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A Visual to Help Students from Wandering in the Ar...

A Visual to Help Students from Wandering in the Art Studio

It never fails. There is always one student in each of my classes who seems to have a problem with wandering throughout the art studio. They’re constantly out of their seats for one reason or another. When I taught elementary art, it seemed to be less of a problem because the supplies were often passed out to the tables, alleviating the need for students to get out of their...

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Dec 18, 2013

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Video: Take a Seat – Chairs VS. Stools in th...

Video: Take a Seat – Chairs VS. Stools in the Art Room

As if art supplies weren’t distraction enough for our students, the clanking, screeching and tipping of furniture in the art room can drive a teacher batty. Some teachers prefer chairs for art room seating. Others prefer stools. Many of us think the grass is greener and WISH we had something different. I talk about both options and my thoughts on the matter in the video...

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Dec 17, 2013

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An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just make one set of seating charts and use it for the whole quarter, semester or year? The reality is, you probably won’t get your seating charts “right” on the first try. I know I never do. There are always changes that need to be made based on student behavior and personalities. Up until a few years ago, I assigned seats by calling...

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Dec 16, 2013

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12 Days of Photoshop: Free Lesson Plan Download

12 Days of Photoshop: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: High School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape, Color, Texture, Design Art Skills: Computer Graphics, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving Making Connections: limitless depending on your prompts! * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Looking for a fun, exciting way for your students to review everything they learned in Computer Art this year? The 12...

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Dec 16, 2013

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AOE Featured in Scholastic Instructor Magazine

AOE Featured in Scholastic Instructor Magazine

Last week my aunt (a long time 4th grade educator) called me as she was flipping through her Scholastic Instructor Magazine and saw an article called “PD in your PJ’s” The article was all about online professional development for teachers, and she thought to herself, “I should send this to Jessica, it’s right up her alley!” As it turns out, the very first line of...

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Dec 13, 2013

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Book Review: Including Difference

Book Review: Including Difference

  As classes become more and more integrated with students of all types of specialized needs, art teachers are hungry for strategies to get everyone creating art in a meaningful way. Michelle Kraft and Karen Keifer-Boyd have authored Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment to help art teachers with this very...

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Dec 12, 2013

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Ensure Success for All Students with Open-Ended Le...

Ensure Success for All Students with Open-Ended Lesson Planning

To ensure success for all the artists in your classroom, why not try open-ended lesson planning? Planning open-ended lessons allows your students to explore and express their interests while still meeting important objectives and building skills. Allowing a lesson to be tied to personal experiences makes students more engaged and willing to push themselves further. It also inspires...

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