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The 2017 Art Ed Now Summer Conference Schedule Is Here!

Art Ed Now—AOE’s Summer Online Conference—is just under three weeks away! Today, we’re unveiling the official conference schedule so you can review all of the incredible presentations and begin to plan your day!

Unlike most in-person conferences, you don’t have to choose which presentations to attend.

Each presentation is between 10 and 15 minutes long, and you have the opportunity to see them ALL!

AOE Founder Jessica Balsley will guide you through the day with introductions, announcements, giveaways, and other information between presentations.

If you miss a few presentations, don’t worry!

They will ALL be available after the conference with the AOE After Pass. In fact, the AOE After Pass allows you access to every single presentation, handout, and download, plus access to an EXTRA 7 presentations for an entire year after the conference!

There will also be some awesome opportunities for artmaking.

This is especially true if you received a Swag Box as one of the first 1,500 people to register. The Swag Box is better than ever, and you will be thrilled to get your hands on what’s inside.

One of the highlights will be the Swag Box submission from Stabilo. We can’t give too much away, but be on the lookout for some amazing pens. They’re technical, stylish, and well-designed, and they are perfect for drawing. You will absolutely love them for your classroom and for yourself.

And when the day of the conference comes, you’ll be able to get out your sketchbook and artmaking materials and have the opportunity to create! Be ready for a day filled with real-world advice, inspiration, hands-on learning, and creativity!

New Presentations!

We are happy to announce the final three presentations that will round out our schedule. First, Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands–authors of the upcoming book The Open Art Room–will share some of their best ideas about student-centered instruction as they present “Why Art Class Should Be More Like Recess.”

Second, Lisa Phillips will talk about students and creative development in “7 Ways to Infuse Creativity in Your Classroom.”

Last, Jennifer Sims will be presenting “Helping Students Create Digital Portfolios,” where she will share some great ideas for having students take charge of their work on Artsonia. She will show you how to use those digital portfolios to showcase artwork, manage your projects and curriculum, map standards, assess growth, and advocate for your program. You’ll leave with the confidence to help your own students create digital portfolios in your art room.

And if that isn’t enough, Artsonia will also be giving away two iPad Minis during the conference!

One final note: among all of the videos in the After Pass, you won’t want to miss Lindsey Moss presenting the perfect fall fundraiser for Art to Remember. She will show you a great lesson, how to differentiate that lesson, and how to make your fundraiser as simple as possible.

Plus, Sir Ken Robinson. Need we say more?

We would be remiss if we did not mention once again that Sir Ken Robinson, creativity expert, and author, will be our featured presenter. This is the first time that Sir Ken has spoken directly to an audience of art teachers. His talk, entitled “The Importance of Art Teachers,” will undoubtedly be spectacular. Sir Ken is excited to be a part of the conference:

If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late!

Register Now!


(Central Standard Time)

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Hour 1: 10:00 a.m. “Starting with Something New”

  • Welcome | Jessica Balsley
  • Say Goodbye to Boring Note Taking with Sketchnotes! | Nic Hahn
  • Using Technology to Enhance Traditional Art Projects | Abby Schukei
  • Classroom Management Through Student Engagement | John Post
  • A Step-by-Step Approach to Developing a Creative Makerspace Program | Sarah Ackermann

Hour 2: 11:00 a.m. “Hands-On Artmaking”

  • How to Teach Clay Without a Kiln | Cassie Stephens
  • No Camera? No Problem! How to Explore Darkroom Processes Through Chemigrams | Nora Graham
  • How to Add Color and Expression to Your Drawings | Shannon Bell for Stabilo
  • The Power of the Prompt: Unlocking Your Students’ Potential Through Dynamic Visual Journaling | Michael Bell

10 Minute Break

Hour 3: 12:00 p.m. “Choice and Creativity”

  • Contemporary Art, Constraints, and Choices | Don Masse
  • How to Offer Choice Without Compromising Your Classroom or Curriculum | Johanna Russell
  • Why Art Class Should Be More Like Recess | Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands
  • The Importance of Play in Creative Development | George Szekely

Hour 4: 1:00 p.m. “Making Your Teaching Memorable”

  • The Importance of Art Teachers |Sir Ken Robinson (Featured Presenter)
  • Art Teachers as Leaders: Promoting Change and Creating Culture | Wynita Harmon
  • 7 Ways to Infuse Creativity Into Your Classroom | Lisa Phillips
  • Tips for the Traveling Art Teacher | Ruthie Post

Hour 5: 2:00 p.m. “How to Tie it All Together”

  • A Proven System to Solve the Dilemma of Early Finishers | Lindsey Moss
  • Helping Students Create Digital Portfolios | Jennifer Sims for Artsonia
  • The Best of Both Worlds: Finding a Balance Between Creativity and Skills | Craig Huffman and Matt Young
  • How to Create a Memorable and Meaningful End to Your Course | Debi West
  • Closing | Jessica Balsley

Bonus Presentations in the AOE After Pass

  • How to Draw What You See | Craig Huffman
  • Have a Hardware Store? You Can Teach Jewelry! | Matt Young
  • How to Set Up Efficient and Effective Centers | Johanna Russell
  • Endless Possibilities with Gelli® Plates in Your Classroom | Cassie Stephens for Gelli Arts®
  • Op Art and Islamic Design | Nora Graham
  • The Ultimate Sketchbook | Sketch for Schools
  • The Perfect Fall Fundraiser| Lindsey Moss for Art to Remember

If you want to learn even more, or are ready to sign up, head on over HERE to see all the details!

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Timothy Bogatz

Tim Bogatz is AOEU’s Content & PD Event Manager and a former AOEU Writer and high school art educator. He focuses on creativity development, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking skills in the art room.

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