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How to manage your artroom with online grading

How to manage your artroom with online grading

As an art teacher, it can feel overwhelming to keep track of all of the student’s projects and grades, and still be able to find the surface of your desk. I started out by only grading one or two of my classes work digitally and quickly made the switch to all students. I’ve experimented with […]

Why Does Art Matter

Why Does Art Matter

Why do I have to learn algebra, when am I ever going to use it? Why do I need to read THIS book, what does it have to do with my life? Kids of all ages are always asking why, and as the adult tasked with responding to them why, it can get a bit […]

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

How to Keep your Sanity while teaching

Planning, it’s a dirty little word, that you might be surprised to hear me say…. us artist types aren’t known having great organizational skills.   But I”m planner… also a dreamer… they go well together… because I plan on making my dreams happen, even if those dreams include adopting a mini pig and a goat. […]

How to help students plan + a FREE planning guide

How to help students plan + a FREE planning guide

I was feeling overwhelmed. Juggling way too many projects, which was making me not want to work on any of them, which just made me more overwhelmed. Then I took a deep breadth, and decided to take the advice that I give to my students. Do one thing at a time. It sounds simple, but […]

How to prep student work for an ARt show…. without losing your mind

How to prep student work for an ARt show…. without losing your mind

It’s that time of the year where most art teachers are simultaneously thinking, this art show is going to be great, and why in the world are we having an art show!!!! Art shows are no joke, they’re a lot of work, and it often seems like it takes weeks to prep, and then the […]

How to help students develop interesting ideas

How to help students develop interesting ideas

  You’ve given your students a list of project choices for 3D materials and they’re asking questions like…. “Can I make a cardboard cutout of my initials and decorate it with flowers?” “Can I cut out a heart and put pictures on it?” This makes you want to slam your head into the chalkboard… you’re just waiting […]

How to help students prepare their AP Portfolio

How to help students prepare their AP Portfolio

  Not sure what all of the steps are that you need to do to get your students AP art portfolios ready and submitted to the college board? It’s that time of year, where you look at the calendar, look back at your AP art syllabus and realize it’s crunch time. Students need to be […]

How to Make sure your art students are on track

How to Make sure your art students are on track

This is a good one to tuck away for a rainy day ( or a sub plan!!!) We like doing what we’re used to doing, our students are the same way, and I can’t really blame them. But in AP art they really need to push themselves, demonstrate an understanding of the principles of art, […]

How to decide which art museum to visit

How to decide which art museum to visit

You’re heading to New York City for a day or two, you have limited time and a limited budget, but you also have an art lover in the family that really wants to go to at least one art museum, now how do you pick one? Students often ask , when they’re headed to a […]

How to help students in develop ideas in a TAB classroom

How to help students in develop ideas in a TAB classroom

Photo students are working on developing their final project proposal. They’ve written down some ideas, brainstormed questions, and determined what they already know about the topic and what they still need to know, they’re off to a good start, but need to go a bit deeper with their ideas and consider some different approaches. There […]