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How the AOE Online Conference Covers All Aspects of Art Ed

13 pillars of art ed document

Art teachers are a wide and varied bunch. There are people all over the choice spectrum, teaching all different age levels, using a myriad of instructional strategies. Creating a conference that covers the full spectrum is a challenge and a labor of love!

This year, we created the ultimate planning tool to make sure that the 2016 Winter Online Conference doesn’t disappoint. You may have seen the release of the 13 Pillars of Art Education yesterday. While it’s true that this document is a great planning tool for any art teacher, you might be surprised to know that we also used it to plan the upcoming conference!

That’s right, we’ve aligned each Pillar with a conference presentation (or two!) to make sure that this conference offers something for everyone. Take a peek at the chart below to see how much breadth the 2016 Winter Online Conference will cover.

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Now that you’ve seen the scope of concepts that this conference will cover, take a look at how in-depth and developed the specific content is within each session. Here is an overview of just three of our most anticipated presentations.


“Maximize Your Minutes in the Art Room” with Cassie Stephens

Do you feel like you never have enough time to accomplish all of your learning goals and objectives during your short art classes? Are you racing against the clock all day, every day in your art room? If so, join Cassie Stephens as she presents her tried-and-true ideas for getting the most out of every minute.



“Design Thinking and Art Making Can Exist Collaboratively” with Rebecca Belleville

Are you struggling to keep your middle school students engaged with your current curriculum? Maybe you need just a small tweak to keep your kids motivated and inspired to keep creating authentic work. Check out Rebecca Belleville’s contemporary middle school curriculum presentation, “Design Thinking and Art Making Can Exist Collaboratively” for lots of great ideas.




“When Grading Seems Pointless: Meaningful Grading in the Art Room” with Jean Barnett

Does it feel like assessment in your art classes has grown into something far more controversial and complex than you ever imagined? Do you feel like you are grading the wrong concepts and giving points for insignificant reasons just to play the “grading game”? Learn from high school art teacher Jean Barnett as she shares how she has come to terms with grading.


With the variety of topics presented, you’ll be sure to find a multitude of sessions that relate directly to your experiences in art education. Discover new ideas and concepts about curriculum planning, classroom management, organizational methods, and more all from the comfort of your own home! Click here to register for the 2016 Online Winter Conference.  See you there!

Which conference presentation are you most excited about? 

Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.


Tracy Hare

Tracy Hare, a middle school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She strives to deepen students’ 21st-century skills by encouraging them to practice critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

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