The Ultimate Blog of the Year Reference List

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Over the last five years, we’ve had the privilege of highlighting some of the best Art Ed blogs out there in our annual Art Ed Blog of the Year Contest. It’s been so fun to see old favorites grow and change while newcomers gain their footing. Every year, readers are inspired by the lists of winners and finalists.

Therefore, it’s with mixed feelings we announce the retirement of the contest. These days, there are so many ways for people to connect with each other via social media, and we felt five amazing years was as good a time as any to cap things off.

However, we did want to create a one-stop shop for all of our past honorees.

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So, without further ado, here is the Ultimate Blog of the Year Reference List.

Below, you’ll find all of the winners and finalists from the last five years organized into three categories: Elementary, Secondary, and Other. Each list is organized alphabetically. Any broken links from past contests or blogs that have not been updated in three or more years have been removed.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contests over the years. Your nominations, votes and amazing blogging have helped bring innovative ideas to so many teachers! Happy reading!


Here are the elementary blogs our readers adored!

Art Ed With Emily Valenza

Art for Small Hands

Art is Basic

Art Project Girl

Art Projects for Kids

Art Room Blog

Art With Mr. E

Art with Mrs. Nguyen

Cassie Stephens

Creative Corner

Deep Space Sparkle

Dryden Art Fugleblog

Elementary Artist

It’s ART Day


K-6 Art

Little Bennett Artsits

Mini Matisse

Mona Lisa Lives Here

Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists

Mrs. T’s Art Room

My Adventures in Positive Space

Organized Chaos

Painted Paper

Primarily Art with Mrs. Depp

shine brite zamorano

smART Class

Spalding Art

Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs

Splish Splash Splatter

Tales From the Traveling Art Teacher!

The Artsy Fartsy Art Room

There’s a Dragon in my Art Room

Thomas Elementary Art


Here are the best blogs catering primarily to students in grades 6 through 12.

Artventuring in Middleschool

Art. Eat. Tie Dye. Repeat

Art of Apex High School

Art with Mrs. Amme

Arte a Scuola

Artful Artsy Amy


Baldauf BlogArt

Dali’s Moustache


Monument Valley Regional Middle School Art Class

Mr. Pappas Teach

Ms Chang’s Art Classes

Northern Art Teacher

PHS Visual Art Department

Student Art Guide

TAB Studio with Mrs. B

Thoughts on Arting


Here are other blogs and websites that don’t fit neatly into the other two categories.

Art for Kids Hub

Art Teachers Hate Glitter

Babble Dabble Do

Balzer Designs

Create Art with ME

Explore Fiber

iPad Art Room

Pre-K Art Stars!

The Art Curator for Kids

The Artful Parent

The Jealous Curator

The Teaching Palette

This is Colossal


Once again, thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers for sharing their work!

What are your favorite blogs to read these days? 

Where else do you find inspiration?

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Amanda Heyn

Amanda Heyn is AOEU’s Director of K–12 PD & Media and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She enjoys creating relevant and engaging professional development just for art teachers.

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