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There are certain times of the year when we could all use a little boost of happiness. Maybe you’re weeks into a tough new teaching assignment. Perhaps the winter weather is wearing on you, or you can’t fathom how you’ll make it to the next school break. Whatever the reason, AOEU is here to help.
One of our favorite ways to share positivity with our readers and followers is through Instagram Live. Each week on Monday afternoons, Sarah Krajewski chats with the best and brightest voices in the arts. She’s talked with artists, entrepreneurs, and, of course, art educators! Sarah told me, “No matter who our guest is, we always tie the discussion back to art education and give you tips on how to use the information with your students.”
And be sure to follow us @theartofed, so you can catch all the new chats, too!
Bringing People Together Through the Art of Diversity
Vanessa Brantley-Newton does it all. She’s a celebrated author and illustrator, TEDx speaker, and diversity expert. Vanessa brought such an amazing energy to the chat that she had viewers in tears. If you want to be inspired to build a community of diverse, amazing individuals, this chat is for you!
Follow Vanessa on Instagram @vanessabrantleynewton.
Creatively Positive & Positively Creative
You may know Jason Naylor for his uplifting, colorful artwork, but he’s also a designer and an author. In this chat, you’ll hear all about his creative process, including how to stay creative in the midst of adversity. Walk away feeling inspired to spread positivity through artmaking.
Follow Jason on Instagram @jasonnaylor.
How to Rock Your Side Hustle
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sell your work online, check out this chat with jewelry designer Aaliyah Taylor! Aaliyah uses Perler Beads to create her jewelry and gives some fun tips for exploring this unique medium with students. Sarah and Aaliyah also touch on tips for managing your mental health.
Follow Aaliyah on Instagram @exaltinginbeauty.
Art Teachers are Artists
Candido Crespo is an art teacher who is passionate about finding time to make art. As a dad, he knows time is limited! Join Sarah and Candido for a chat about how to keep the creative pursuit alive even when you’re busy and overwhelmed. Art teachers are artists, too!
Follow Candido on Instagram at @mrccrespo.
Jonathan Juravich is a talented art educator with a passion for teaching kids about empathy. He was Ohio’s 2018 Art Teacher of the Year and is a Ted-Ed speaker. He also writes for the AOEU Magazine. In this conversation, Sarah and Jonathan talk about bringing the idea of empathy into the classroom. Walk away with some insightful tips about this topic and so much more.
Follow Jonathan at @jjuravich.
While amazing, these five chats only touch the tip of the iceberg. There are so many inspiring conversations to dive into over on Instagram! You can find all of them right here.
Plus, don’t forget to tune in every Monday afternoon for even more amazing conversations. Viewers who attend live have a chance to win one of these amazing holographic palette stickers. You can’t get these anywhere else!
I asked Sarah if they had any magical powers. While she could neither confirm or deny, she did have this to say, “The sticker has a multitude of superpowers including pride in your listening skills, a deeper connection to the world of art education, and of course, increased cool factor!”
Have you tuned in to IG Live yet? What was your favorite chat?
What guests would you like to see on Instagram?