The Most Important Info You Need to Know About Flipping Your Art Room

Flipping your instruction can be a lifesaver in the art room. Traditional and TAB classrooms alike can benefit from using flipped classroom strategies in a multitude of ways. Not only will you have a digital record of your lesson plans, but flipping can help free up prep time, making those repetitive, mundane demonstrations (like how to wash a paintbrush) feel less draining. Flipping can also help you build a library of techniques and methods for students to access whenever they may need them. Perhaps more importantly, using flipped lessons can relieve the strain on your voice.

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With all the benefits of creating flipped demos and lesson plans, the temptation to get started on flipping your instruction is hard to ignore. There are, however, many aspects to flipping that you’ll want to be prepared for before you dig in.

We’ve put together a handout to help you navigate the most essential parts of this process- how to go about recording the content and distributing the content to your students effectively.

Download the informative handout below to get started exploring your flipped art room options!


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For more information about how to efficiently flip your art demos and lessons, check out AOE’s Flipping the Art Room course!

What methods have you found best when it comes to flipping your demonstrations and lessons?

What benefits have you experienced through flipping your art room?

Tracy Hare

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Tracy is a middle school art teacher from central MN who strives to create rich, meaningful content and resources through her Art Ed PRO Director role at AOE.


  • Christina Andreasi

    I flipped my classroom as a solution to the lack of direction/instruction in my choice based art program. It allows my students to create at their own pace and choose the project that speaks to them the most without my having to sacrifice direction instruction. I started my flipped classroom this past September and then went on maternity leave at the end of November so I’m so excited to continue to develop my flipped classroom this year. I’ve even been recording my youtube tutorials for all of the new fiber arts lessons I want to teach while my little one naps! My district is almost entirely 1:1 with chromebooks so this works out great in my classroom. If you work in a district where your students have consistent access to laptops or ipads I can’t recommend this enough to other art teachers!

  • Elizabeth Titus

    I took the AOE class on flipping the art classroom last August and I tried out flipping my three 8th grade classes this past school year. It was a great experience and I think it really helped me to grow as a teacher. Students liked having more choices and learning at a more self-directed pace. I think it helped me to better stay on top of all of my students’ learning and to differentiate and identify students needing more help. I also liked how students monitored their own learning. It had a huge positive impact on my teaching last year and I hope to flip my other classes this year as well. If you are thinking about it- I highly recommend the AOE class.

  • MsU

    I’ve set up Edmodo class sites for my 3rd-4th-5th graders and will post links there to further enhance my classroom instruction. I frequently link to a Padlet wall for each project which allows students who are finishing up a project, the chance to preview what is coming next and also allows students to engage (and re-engage) materials throughout the project to support their learning. I let my students and classroom colleagues know that I consider the computer just one more art tool and request that they bring their Mac to every art class so that it is available if they need to use it. We have a basket for each table that students can place their computer in – if it is not required for a particular lesson or we are working with materials that might pose a problem for instance. Most students really like it but I still suggest creating an exit slip or quick formative assessment to encourage student engagement with this strategy. My elementary art colleagues and I are collaborating on flipping our sketchbook unit for 5th graders this year so that it becomes a year-long project for them to explore/expand their learning.

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