6 Ways to Support New and “New-to-You” Art Teachers
The Art of Ed
by Janet Taylor
5d ago
Are you a new or “new-to-art” teacher? Do you have a new teacher joining your team? Perhaps you’re an administrator looking to hire an art teacher. If so, then both you and the newbie will need support! What that looks like will vary depending on your school community. Regardless, being an art teacher means having very unique and specific needs. You may not even be aware of what these needs are or what they look like in action yet. If you’re not sure where to start, head over to our First-Year Art Teacher’s Guide which is packed with resources to directly support you in your new career. Then ..read more
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How to Prepare this Summer to Teach Art with Confidence This Fall
The Art of Ed
by Janet Taylor
1w ago
Are you a new art teacher or new to teaching art? You may be a bit overwhelmed with where to start. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! First, take a deep breath and think about the amazing things you’ll do this summer during your time off. From vacations to soaking in the sun, it’s important to recharge away from the classroom. Then, use the timetable below to break down your to-do list. Infuse a little intentional prep over the summer months to help you feel and be ready come August! Follow this timetable so you will feel refreshed and prepared for your first day in the art room! Early June ..read more
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10 Must-Have Thrifted Items to Elevate Your Art Room on a Budget
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by Mariana VanDerMolen
2w ago
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” could easily be the art teachers’ mantra. Art teachers are renowned for their resourcefulness. You are always looking for innovative ways to repurpose everyday items. Reimagine them as tools or supplies for sustainable and affordable artmaking experiences. Turn secondhand things into stunning decor that will inspire your students and positively impact your mood. From discarded furniture to forgotten trinkets, thrift stores offer a treasure trove of materials to enhance your art curriculum and room. Thrifted items make the perfect budget-friendly addition to your classr ..read more
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Interview Look For’s: How to Find the Perfect Fit for your Art Teacher Career
The Art of Ed
by Janet Taylor
3w ago
Are you a new art teacher hunting for your first job? Maybe you’re already teaching and are considering a switch. No matter where you are in your teaching career, finding the right fit for long-term success is key. Now’s the time to rework your resume, dust off that portfolio, and polish your interview skills. But how do you know if the school that is interviewing you is the right fit for you? Before heading into the interview, make sure to research the district, school, and community for any red flags. Check out their social media and websites to see how they support the arts. Compile your no ..read more
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10 Fun Ways to “Zone Out” this Summer as an Art Teacher
The Art of Ed
by Kristina Brown
3w ago
The school year is full of artmaking, chaos, and constant activity. It’s a rewarding yet exhausting whirlwind! We are often balancing multiple hats as mentors, club sponsors, and bulletin board curators. We are masters at cleaning up paint spills, containing clay dust, and managing hundreds of student artworks. Once the busy months of the academic year come to a close, we clean up one last time before shutting the art room doors. Now is the perfect time to shift gears and focus on recharging our creative batteries—the only way art teachers know how! Keep reading for unique ways art teachers re ..read more
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Build a Creative Practice That Sticks By Harnessing the 4 Laws of Atomic Habits
The Art of Ed
by Mariana VanDerMolen
1M ago
Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about when he said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” One of the best ways to teach is to model something and apply it to your own life. Students love it when we sit alongside them and make art with them. However, staying creative can be tricky, especially in the summer. After a busy year of teaching and dreaming of long summer days to make art, all you want to do now is lounge, travel, and think about anything but art education.  The Four Laws of Atomic Habits, outlined by James Clear in his book Atomic Habits, offers a blueprint for tr ..read more
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How to Use Neurographic Art to Encourage a Calm and Focused Mind
The Art of Ed
by Kyle Wood
1M ago
Summer is your well-deserved time to relax and recharge after a long school year. Make the most of your break and combine winding down with creativity by making neurographic art. Grab your favorite art supplies (or experiment with some new ones!) and kick off the warm days ahead by immersing yourself in a creative flow. Build an artmaking habit with neurographic art to enjoy a calm and focused mind—a nice reprieve from a loud and hectic year!  What is neurographic art? Developed by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2014, neurographic art is a structured yet free-flowing method of ar ..read more
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Art Teacher Cribs: Curate Spaces to Boost Your Mood and Mental Health
The Art of Ed
by Mariana VanDerMolen
1M ago
Level with us—can you name your next design project off the top of your head? Your visual nature and the 40+ hours you spend in your classroom each week are a great excuse to invest in decor that makes you happy in the name of self-care. We are in need of more well-designed spaces than ever. The World Health Organization reports that anxiety and depression increased by 25% worldwide within the last few years. One fun way to offset the rise in mental health concerns is to “return to paying attention to the design of interior spaces.” Thoughtful interior design choices can evoke positive em ..read more
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Art Room All-Stars: 12 Superlatives to Lighten Up Your End-of-Year Mood
The Art of Ed
by Mariana VanDerMolen
1M ago
Roll out the red carpet! It’s time to celebrate the end of another great year with an awards ceremony—art teacher style. Join your AOEU community in honoring the MVPs of the art room with well-deserved superlatives that are sure to bring a smile to your face and a silly break from the end-of-year frenzy. Have a little bit of fun as you discover whether your art room faves made the cut and evaluate which accolades are spot on. When you finish, plan your own art award ceremony to bring the party to your students and lighten the mood in your art room. Give art room superlatives to the superstar m ..read more
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Unglamorous Truths: A Celebration of All Art Teachers Do During the School Year
The Art of Ed
by Kristina Brown
1M ago
The art room is a magical place with unmatched energy. As art teachers, we are the creators of spaces where students grow in self-expression and discover their voices. We are the fun teachers students can’t wait to see during the day! Fellow teachers praise you for the beautiful displays of artwork that fill the hallways. However, art teachers work hard behind the scenes to bring these experiences to our students.  We’ve seen your dedication to visual arts and your students this year! We recognize all of the unglamorous parts of your job that you excel at each day. You do more with less ..read more
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