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The 2018 Art Ed Now Summer Conference Schedule Is Here!

Art Ed Now—AOE’s Summer Online Conference—is less than two 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’s Events Director, Tim Bogatz, will guide you through the day with introductions, announcements, giveaways, and other information between presentations. And make sure you keep an eye out for some cameos from a couple of your favorite AOE personalities!

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

Every presentation will 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 five presentations for an entire year after the conference!

There will also be some awesome opportunities for artmaking.

Every hour will feature a new opportunity to create! Make sure you watch your e-mail for the Guide to Summer Artmaking coming your way soon. For many teachers, finding time to create is the best part of the day!

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

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 two final presentations that will round out our schedule. First, Haley Parker is working with OOLY to present “A Simple Watercolor Lesson for Every Level.” Perhaps the best part of the aforementioned Swag Box is the pearlescent watercolor set from OOLY, which is beautifully colored, slightly metallic, and guaranteed to get your students interested in painting. Haley will show you a lesson that will help students find success no matter what level you teach.

Secondly, Alexandra Overby will be presenting “Help Your Students Present and Reflect with 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, 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 Jennifer Borel presenting the perfect fall fundraiser for Art to Remember. She will show you a great radial printmaking lesson, how to differentiate that lesson, and how to make your fundraiser as simple as possible.

And we have Jen Stark! What more could you want?

We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that contemporary artist, Jen Stark, will be our featured presenter. Her colorful and creative paintings and animations are an inspiration to students and teachers alike, and you won’t want to miss what she has to say. In addition to her presentation, she will be answering questions live from Los Angeles in the Q & A session! Here’s a preview of what she has to say:

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

Registration for this event is now closed.


(Central Standard Time)

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Hour 1: 10:00 a.m. “Building Your Community”

  • Welcome | Tim Bogatz
  • Art with a Purpose | Debi West
  • Family Portraits that Create Understanding, Acceptance, and Love | Nic Hahn
  • There’s No “Syllabus” in Team | Craig Huffman & Matt Young
  • Street Art in the Classroom | Tess Hwang

Hour 2: 11:00 a.m. “Teaching Strategies that Work”

  • Differentiation: Decoded! | Shannon Lauffer
  • Taking Slab Construction to the Next Level | Abby Schukei
  • Authentic Assessment in a Studio-Based Classroom | Jim O’Donnell
  • Using Art to Promote Kindness and Global Awareness | Ben Schumaker

10 Minute Break

Hour 3: 12:00 p.m. “New Ideas for the New School Year”

  • How to Use Gelli® Plates to Provide Creativity and Choice in Printmaking | Wynita Harmon
  • Help Your Students Present and Reflect with Digital Portfolios | Alexandra Overby for Artsonia
  • The Art of the Escape | Lindsey Moss
  • Encaustics Made Easy | Lena Rodriguez

Hour 4: 1:00 p.m. “Color and Creativity”

  • Color, Creativity, and Imagination | Jen Stark (Featured Presenter)
  • Digital Tools for Collaboration and Play | Don Masse
  • The Power of Pretend | Ruth Post
  • A Simple Watercolor Lesson for Every Level | Haley Parker for OOLY

Hour 5: 2:00 p.m. “Tutorials and Techniques”

  • How to Bring Comics and Zines Into Your Curriculum | Ray Yang
  • Fiber Arts: From Craft to Creative Endeavor | Amber Kane
  • The Complete Guide to Stop-Motion Animation | Rachel Albert
  • Messy Hands Make for Happy Kids | John Post
  • Closing | Tim Bogatz

Bonus Presentations in the AOE After Pass

  • Simple Techniques for Success with Colored Pencils | Tim Bogatz
  • Marbling with Slip and Other Ceramics Ideas | Abby Schukei
  • Stop-Motion Adaptations for Your Youngest Students | Rachel Albert
  • Classroom Management Q & A| Tim Bogatz and Abby Schukei
  • The Jen Stark Podcast Interview | Abby Schukei and Jen Stark
  • The Perfect Fall Fundraiser| Jennifer Borel 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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