AOE LIVE: Episode 9: “Envisioning the Future of Art Education” with Ian Sands



Ian Sands, the inventive, imaginative, and incredibly creative art teacher from Apex High School in North Carolina, joined Andrew and Tim to talk about his transition to choice-based teaching, his love of Zonkeys, why his art supply list comes from the hardware store. He also tries to answer one of the biggest questions out there–what should the future of art education look like?

Ian is unfortunately leaving the AOE writing team, but his series of articles on the future of art education will serve as a springboard for discussion long into the future. Listen to why we need to “break the mold” of 80 year old lesson plans, where our best results come from, and why true assessment involves pushing your students to limits they never thought they could go.









Here are a few of the articles discussed and a few other gems from the Art of Ed:

  • If you are interested in learning more about TAB and offering student choice in your art room, check out AOE’s newest (and incredibly popular) class, Choice-Based Art Education.
  • You may be sad about Ian leaving the AOE team, but his articles will still be here!
  • Ian talked about the Art of Apex Portal, a collection of resources used in his teaching.
  • Ian also has a great blog that’s worth a read, as does his colleague Melissa Purtee.

And most importantly, the 3-part series on the future of art education:

You can follow The Art of Ed, Andrew, Tim, and Ian on Twitter

You can also see some reactions to the discussion on Twitter by searching #aoelive. Check out for details on our upcoming show!


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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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