Curriculum Design

10 Inspiring Projects to Get You Out of Your Teaching Rut

underwater photo shoot

As art teachers, we are very busy individuals. We are always on the go. Planning this, prepping that, and organizing forever! Sometimes all our daily duties can get overwhelming. This can be especially true around art shows, grading, and conference times. So, when you’re short on time, motivation, or new ideas, we’re here to help you out!

Check out 10 of our favorite “How-To” guides to get you through:


1. A Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Slip Casting

slip casting
Through a lot of trial and error with his students, Tim finally found a process that worked in his classroom. Check out his tips and tricks so you can try slip casting in yours!

2. A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room

stop motion animation
This article is a great starting point to try stop-motion in your classroom. Change and adapt these steps to fit your teaching style, timeline, and students’ needs.

3. Everything You Need to Create a Living Museum in the Art Room

living art museum
Need a little more art history in your life? Check out the resources and everything you need to create a living museum in the art room!

4. How to Conduct and Exhilarating Underwater Photo Shoot

underwater photo shoot
It’s a little bit crazy, and a lot of fun. Students gain skills with perspective, foreshortening, portraits, working with figures, and so much more in this out-of-the-box project.

5. 3 Addictive Projects to Use When Introducing Students to Encaustic Art

encaustic example
Melting crayons is fun, but there is SO much more you can do with the art of melting wax, also known as encaustic.

6. 7 Easy Ways to Create a Green Screen for Your Classroom

DIY green screen
Want to make videos, but are worried about how to actually create a green screen in your classroom? Then this article is for you!

7. An Easy Way to Teach Your Students About Positive and Negative Space

creating negative space with leaves and spray paint
Something about seeing the “space around an object” can be very challenging for students to grasp. Here’s a fun project that’s a great way to help your students envision the concept of negative space.

8. How to Make Printmaking Easy for Even Your Most Rambunctious Class

printmaking stations
Check out this printmaking process that is efficient and engaging. It keeps students busy printing without a lot of wait time, ultimately cutting down on behavior issues.

9. Do You Dare? Plastering Students’ Faces for Amazing Mask Results

students with plater on faces
 Creating sculptures is exciting and fun for students of all ages. Check out these specific steps to successfully complete plaster masks in your own room.

10. How to Throw Things at Your Students (and Get Away With It!)

drawing done as a result of throwing something at student
This Robert Longo-inspired project is unique and a LOT of fun while developing students’ drawing skills.

Our favorite How-To’s can be easily tailored to your teaching style, classroom, and students. We’d love to hear how you’ve used these ideas in your program! Be sure to share your favorite How-To in the comments below.

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Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek

Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek, an elementary school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She is passionate about teaching and reaching students through an innovative and meaningful arts education.

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