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AOE Conference Winter 2014


View the OFFICIAL Conference Schedule NowThis conference is no longer available for purchase as of Jan. 23 at midnight. Did you miss the big event? That’s ok, you should check out the complete RECAP, here: https://theartofeducation.edu/2014/01/26/2014-winter-conference-recap/

Jessica Balsley Questions

Have you attended an Art Ed conference lately?  If you’re like most Art Teachers – probably not. Hi, I’m Jessica Balsley, founder of the Art of Education.  Attending Art Ed conferences can be incredibly rewarding, but after attending more than I can count over the past few years and talking with hundreds of Art Teachers just like you, I came away with a several questions that I think deserve answers:

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  • Why aren’t all conference presentations high quality, engaging, and relevant to me?
  • Why should Art Teachers have to spend hundreds of dollars on travel, lodging, dining, for every conference they attend?
  • Why do Art Teachers have to regularly skip professional experiences simply because they have young children at home, or unavoidable family or community obligations?
  • Why, as empowered education professionals, do we have to waste time going to presentations that aren’t relevant to us?
  • Why should art teachers settle for just one local or national PD opportutnity each year? Why can’t multiple opportunities be easily accessible to everyone?


As I considered these questions again and again, I decided that what Art Teachers really needed deserved, was an Art Ed Conference for the 21st century! The conference had to be online so there was no traveling, lodging, or dining expenses… (huge money saver!) It needed to be a conference you could attend from the comfort of home – in your PJ’s if you wanted! Secondly, the presentations needed to be Ridiculously Relevant, the price had to be affordable for everyone, and Art Teachers attending needed to walk away inspired and empowered to start their next teaching year on the right foot!

I’m proud to say that last July each of these goals was met as we held the first-ever AOE Online Conference. With over 700 Art Teachers from around the world in attendance, the conference went perfectly and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Today, I’m very excited to announce the second-ever online conference for Art Teachers – the AOE Online Conference – Winter 2014! Get all the details below. I’ll see you on January 25th for the big day!


See you at the conference!





Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 1.01.42 PM Every AOE Conference Attendee will receive an official certificate of participation documenting their time spent on professional development during the conference. You can use this certificate to present to your school, translating into PD points or to log PD hours. 6 hours total. Each certificate will carry the AOE seal and official signature.


What you can expect:

[one_half]In a lot of ways, the AOE Online Conference is a lot like any other National conference you’d attend. We have great high quality presentations, giveaways and drawings, and you’ll get the opportunity to interact with Art Teachers from around the country/world.

However, since the conference is held online there are many benefits you could never expect from a traditional conference! The most obvious example is that with the AOE Online Conference, there’s no reason to pay for lodging, dining, or travel expenses! You can sit back and enjoy all the great inspiring content from the comfort of home!

Beyond the travel benefits, you can live chat with presenters during their presentations, interact in forums with other attendees, and some of your favorite Art Ed bloggers will be presenting. Plus, all paid participants will get a full year of exclusive access to detailed printables, presentations, videos and other conference materials through a password protected website.

The conference will take place on January 25th. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please. Watch one presentation live, take a break, get a snack, come back a bit later for another presentation. Each presentation will be pre-scheduled so you can plan out your day how you see fit!  The best part? You get to watch EVERY 10-15 min. presentation – there’s no need to pick and choose! Think of it as our very own Art Ed ‘TED Talks!’[/one_half]

[one_half_last]How will the AOE Conference – Winter 2014 be different than 2013?

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  • More Handouts and Downloads
  • More of your favorite bloggers and Art Ed ‘Stars’ presenting
  • Some old favorites and some new names and faces, too!
  • More giveaways, raffles and SWAG just for you!
  • 100% AOE approved and curated content (we won’t waste your time!)
  • More hot topics in Art Ed that you’ve been asking for
  • More ideas to take directly into your classroom and use right away! No Fluff!
  • All from the comfort of home! [/custom_list][/one_half_last]





Box The first 1,000 AOE Conference Registrants will also be receiving a secret ‘swag box’ full of great art ed products and freebies from some of your favorite art ed companies! We can’t tell you what’s in the box yet, but we’re sure excited for you to open it!

(swag boxes can only be sent to registrants living in the continental U.S.)




[one_half]Let’s face it, getting everything in order to attend an Art Ed conference can be a bit frustrating at times… getting a sub, writing sub plans, leaving your home for days on end, spending money on travel expenses, lodging, food, etc. isn’t exactly fun OR frugal.

The AOE Online Conference is a breath of fresh air… a simple, affordable, and fast registration, and you’re set! Sit back on the day of the conference and enjoy Ridiculously Relevant™ Professional Development from the comfort of home (at a fraction of the price!)

Unlike a traditional conference which could easily top $1,000 after all your expenses are tallied up, you can attend the groundbreaking AOE Online Conference at less than 10% of that cost! [/one_half]


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Would you like to attend the AOE Online Conference, but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to watch live on January 25th? No worries! We will be recording the entire AOE Online Conference, including each individual presentation so you can take your time, and watch them later at your own speed via a password-protected site accessible only to paid attendees. Just sign-up and purchase the conference like a normal attendee and we’ll send you the necessary links after the recordings are posted.









In July of 2013 The Art of Education put on the first-ever online conference for Art Teachers. It was a watershed event with over 700 art teachers attending from around the world. After the conference came to a close, attendees were very willing to share their opinions and tell us it was some of the best PD they had ever received! Below is just a sample of the amazing responses we received after the event – clearly Art Teachers are hungry for this kind of convenient and relevant and convenient PD.



[one_half]“Amazing conference! Hoping you are planning another because I will definitely attend. So much amazing information and the chat and google docs were a great supplement. Although I like to travel to conferences, time and cost are huge considerations. This was a wonderful way to still have the same experience! I can’t say enough good things. Thank you for all your hard work!”


[one_half_last]“It was phenomenal!! Lots and lots of “ridiculously relevant” information! Great presenters and excellent resources! I hope another one will be offered in the future! One of the absolute best professional development experiences I have ever had! Thank you so much to Jessica, Derek, and all the presenters!! Job well done!”


[one_half]“I loved how I could view it from the comfort of my home. The cost was extremely affordable and worth every penny! The presentations were fantastic and for lack of any other terms, RIDICULOUSLY RELEVANT! I have so much to do now. I want to see these presentations over and over again! I love that I can do that.”


[one_half_last]“The most valuable part for me was having access to the content afterward. I ended up having to travel on the day of the conference and couldn’t participate live during the conference. Although I missed out on the live chat which is a huge bummer it’s wonderful to still “attend” after the fact as time allows.”


[one_half]“It was great having speakers who were using their techniques in real life. Also they had a plan as to how you could approach their idea in baby steps.”


[one_half_last]“The short sessions! I hate sitting in a conference where the information is soooo redundant! Sessions were short and to the point and that worked well for me.”




A Message from the Founder:



How do I sign up?

[one_third]REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Jan. 13

Register before Jan. 13th to secure your spot in the conference. First 1,000 registrants will receive a ‘swag box!’[/one_third][one_third]WARNING

Only the first 1,000 registrations prior to Jan. 13th will receive a ‘swag box!’ Register early for the full-conference experience.[/one_third][one_third_last]LATE REGISTRATION – Jan. 23

Last day for conference registration – Jan. 23rd. Late registrants receive full experience, minus conference ‘swag box.’[/one_third_last]
If you’re ready to experience the first online conference exclusively for Art Teachers, breathe easy because we’ve made the sign-up process as absolutely simple as possible, with only 3 short steps!

1) Register – Completing this simple registration form will ensure we have your contact information on file in order to send you regular updates, send SWAG via snail mail and email, and also contact you as necessary leading up to the big event. Each attendee must have a registration form on file.  This only takes about 2 minutes to complete!

2) Pay – If you’re paying to attend the conference yourself, simply click the ‘buy now’ button and enter your credit card information via the secure AOE Store. Once your payment is cleared, you’re all set to attend! It’s really that easy. This step only takes about 3 minutes.

[two_third_last][learn_more caption=”I’m paying for the conference myself.”] Ok, sounds great! Paying for the AOE Conference couldn’t be more easy! simply click the ‘buy now’ button below and enter your credit card information via the secure AOE Store. Once your payment is cleared, you’re all set to attend! It’s really that easy. This step only takes about 3 minutes.[/learn_more][/two_third_last][two_third_last][learn_more caption=”My school is paying. (Click here for PO information)”] Email the following information to help@theartofed.com:

  • The name of the person who the Invoice should be to the attention of (who handles the PO’s?)
  • Their email address for us to send the PO out to.
  • School Name, Address and phone number
  • Name of the person who is attending the conference (that would be you, the art teacher)

Once you send this information to help@theartofed.com, We will send an invoice out to your school via email and copy you on the correspondence so you can stay in the loop.

You will also need to complete the registration form on your own, linked below in the “Register” section. This way, you will get regular updates on conference information directly in YOUR inbox. If multiple teachers are attending from one school, we can put them together on one invoice, but each individual teacher will need to fill out a registration form.

Important! If the name on your credit card (or school’s card) does’t match the name you registered with, you will need to clarify this by emailing help@theartofed.com and stating who the payment is for. This is very important so you don’t miss a beat with exclusive conference updates in your inbox.[/learn_more][/two_third_last]

3) Attend – Prior to the big day, January 25th, we will send you an exclusive link and access code. Using this link and code, you’ll be able to access the live conference and all of the conference-exclusive content through any internet-enabled computer. You won’t need to install any complicated software, and any modern computer will do the job. If you’re browsing The Art of Education right now, you’re computer likely has all it needs to attend the conference!


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Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 2.30.30 PMOne of the worst feelings ever is when you take all the time, effort, and money to attend a conference only to be left disappointed at the end of the day because A)You were only allowed to attend a select few of the presentations available and B)That only one or two of the presentations you DID attend were worth their salt.

The AOE Online Conference is different. First, you will get to attend ALL of the presentations. Since they all happen in sequential order, and there are no rooms to find, you can attend every presentation if you want to. Second, each and every presentation included in the conference is 100% AOE curated content. We’ve hand-selected each presentation (K-12 content) and each presenter to be ‘Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development’ just for you.

Scan some of the presentations below. New presentations will be added periodically, so stay tuned! We have lots more to share The finalized schedule including times will be posted prior to January 1st. We are thrilled to welcome a variety of presenters, including your favorite art ed bloggers, award winning art teachers, and of course members of our AOE Team. Some people fly across the country to hear these people speak, but now, you don’t have to!

[learn_more caption=”‘The Modern Art Teacher’s Survival Guide’ – Jessica Balsley (Founder, AOE)”]Teaching art is about A LOT more than simply painting with kids. We all know this, but in the last few years, ‘teaching art’ has become even MORE buried in all the crazy expectations placed on modern teachers. If the phrase, “They keep cutting my time and putting more on my plate” sounds familiar, then you are not alone.

This presentation will walk you through the essential ‘Survival Guide” for art teachers. From traveling between schools, classes overloaded with students, art time being slashed in half, and more expectations like common core, assessments, and data hanging over our heads, it seems we will never get back to simpler times. No fear!  You can’t control everything, but you CAN fill your bag of tricks to cope with the changes and come out victorious. This presentation will re-affirm your faith that teaching art IS indeed the best job in the world: once we sort through and conquer the rubble that tries to cloud it. [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Don’t Just Make Art, Play Art! Learning Games for the Art Classroom’ – Erica Stinziani (Blogger, Art Project Girl)”] Creating a classroom community through play is a fantastic way to engage all learners. When we play we are more free to try new ideas and use our imagination. By using the element of play in your art room, you and your students will connect with each other like never before. While having fun your students will be learning important art concepts. I will teach you how to get any child to remember the Elements of Art in minutes, yes minutes!

And get ready to hear me sing! I will show you how song can cement art vocabulary in all students minds (even ELL!) This is a jam packed ten minutes on how to use “play” art in your classroom to promote classroom community and learning! All the games, songs and activities are appropriate for the elementary classroom and most easily adaptable for the middle and high school classrooms.

Erica Stinziani is a RISD graduate with her Masters in Conflict Transformation. She teaches elementary art at an inner city school with a large ELL population. You can read more about her adventures of teaching art on her blog: www.artprojectgirl.com[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘5 Easy Ways to Empower Your Students’ – Nic Hahn (Blogger, Mini Matisse)”]The definition of Empower is to equip or supply with an ability.  What an amazing thought!  I want to EMPOWER every student that walks into my classroom.  I want to equip these kiddos to be listeners, teachers, and good citizens.  In this presentation I will show you 5 ways that I have empowered my middle schoolers in the art class and beyond.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Teach Your Students to Paint on the iPad’ – Pam Dalton (Art Educator and iPad Artist)”]Take the content rich projects you already teach and extend student learning by creating a digital version of the same project by learning the basics techniques of IPad painting.   Start to think about iPad art as an exciting new media that allows student to create texture, depth and luminosity.  The immediacy of this art form creates excitement in the classroom.  In addition, it is easily shared and assessed, not to mention there is no clean-up![/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Houses of Hope…. a Social Cause Fundraiser Project’ – Cheryl Trowbridge (Blogger, Teach Kids Art)”]Inspire your students to make a difference in the world using their creativity and artistic skills! When students learn first-hand that they’re never too young to help those in need, it boosts their self-confidence and gives them a greater awareness of the world around them.

In this session you’ll learn how to choose a social cause your students can get excited about. Then I’ll walk you through the steps of creating a charming “house magnet” project that’s proven successful across every grade level. This is easy enough for Kinders to do (with a little help), yet it’s so fun and appealing that parents will be asking, “Can I make one, too?!” I’ll show you simple, inexpensive materials (and one “secret ingredient”!) that make it possible for most of your proceeds to go directly to your cause. And last, but not least, I’ll show you creative ways to get all your magnets sold!

Whether you want to support an orphanage far away or a child battling cancer in your own town, your students will learn how a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to helping others![/learn_more][learn_more caption=”’10 Powerful Strategies for Art Room Organization’ – Alecia Eggers (AOE Team)”] Would you like to give yourself the gift of at least 10 extra minutes a day…even to simply sit and enjoy your (lukewarm by now) coffee? Time is fleeting…especially in the art room! With our ever-increasing busy schedules (during, before, AND after school) it becomes harder and harder to stay “on top” of things, plan and prepare lessons, stay somewhat ahead of schedule, and keep a relatively clean art room all with a smile on our superstar art faces! Here are some strategies that are EFFICIENT and will help you save TIME. No more manic rushing, digging, and searching around for your daily teaching essentials! Once in place, tedious and time-consuming tasks will become obsolete! [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Portfolios for Student Created Goals and Tracking Growth’ – Hope Knight (Blogger – Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists)”]Portfolios have always been a fantastic tool for students to collect their work and monitor progress. Did you know they can also be used for creating personal goals and tracking growth in the art room? Students taking ownership of their learning is a hot topic these days, as well as a HOT topic – Higher Order Thinking!
In this presentation, I will help you create a portfolio that works for your curriculum, and show you how to use it to inspire students to make the most of their learning time in art class, as well as keeping track of their art learning and goals. The portfolio, created with areas for easy and fast access to vocabulary, concepts, and grade-specific standards, has proven to be a “can’t-live-without” part of my classroom.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘No-Panic PLCs: How to make your department meetings fun and effective’ – Sarah Dougherty (AOE Team)”] Gathering with colleagues shouldn’t be a drag. Participants in this session will come away with practical ways to make their PLCs polite, productive, and a pleasure! Whether you work with a group of three or three hundred, the simple and insightful tips in No-Panic PLCs will get you and your fellow art teachers on the right track towards a successful year. [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Writing a Winning Student Growth Goal’ – Anne Weerda (Kids at the Core)”] Showing student growth is becoming an increasingly more important requirement in schools, and is often tied to teacher evaluation. This session will give an overview of student growth basics, from a curriculum and student growth author and expert. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Blueprints to adapt your art assessments to measure student growth will be shared along with specific examples. We will discuss setting growth goals when planning next instructional moves and we will share how these goals can be used in the teacher evaluation process. Let’s take the mystery out of student growth! [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”‘Simple Stop Motion Animation for the Art Room’ – Theresa Gillespie (AOE Team)”] Creating stop motion animation in the art room doesn’t have to involve a lot of equipment or a special set up. Using the iPad app iMotion HD and some simple supplies your students can make wonderful claymation videos. All age groups can achieve success with this great app and some simple guidance from you. We will take a look at a claymation project and hints and tips for making it work in your art room.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”‘Successful Weaving Projects for All Ages’ – Amanda Novak (Blogger, Organized Chaos)”]Whether you love to weave with students, dread weaving with students, or plain avoid it all together – this presentation is for you.  I will provide a variety of materials, methods, and ideas to adapt and modify weaving for ANY grade level along with strategies of how to break down vocabulary and skills for your students and even a some management ideas to keep it all organized!  Come join me as we unknot the stresses of weaving with students for success at any age.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Engage and Assess using Socrative’ – Theresa McGee (The Teaching Palette)”]You can easily create dynamic student assessments that engage all your students using either iPads or computers.  Socrative will help you gather valuable assessment data and help measure student growth.  Wether you are new to Socrative or been using it for a while, this presentation will show you creative ways to use this powerful (and free!) tool.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Kickstart Your Curriculum with Music’ – Greg Percy (Songs in the Key of Art)”]One day, when students were struggling with basic art room concepts, art teacher and musician, Greg Percy, (songsinthekeyofart.com) made up a simple song about the primary colors to sing to his kindergarten students. The concepts stuck, and the rest is history! In this presentation you will learn creative ideas to kickstart your curriculum with music to help students learn art concepts in new ways. You will also get to hear Greg perform one of his songs! [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘A Better Art Show: 10 Tips to Help You Organize, Advertise and Stay Sane’ – Amanda Heyn (AOE Team)”]Tired of spending countless hours putting up an art show only to have a few parents show up? Already a seasoned pro with a gallery-like approach? Then this presentation is for you! Whether you’ve put on 100 shows or are planning your first this year, this presentation will inspire you with tips and tricks that produce great results every time all while keeping your sanity in tact. [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”’10 Creative Art Room Hacks’ – Mrs. ATHG (Blogger – Art Teachers Hate Glitter)”] Sometimes getting the most out of your job requires a little creative tweaking. This presentation will explore shortcuts to make the art teacher’s job easier and more fun! From supply distribution to classroom management and perhaps even some surprise solutions you never even knew you needed! [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Using Cultures to Create a Thematic Curriculum’ – Cassie Stephens (Art Educator, Blogger)”] As an art teacher, I spent many years feeling overwhelmed trying to teach my students art history, concepts, vocabulary and culture all in the course of one short school year. I often found myself lacking focus and energy which made for a pretty frustrated (and not too much fun to be around) art teacher. However, when I decided to spotlight one continent, and the countries and cultures that reside there, I found I suddenly had a focal point. These days in my art room, you’ll find a place decorated like the continent we are exploring; music playing from the cultures we are studying; books to read and objects to behold. Not to mention lessons that incorporate art history, vocabulary and concepts. And, most importantly, a happy art teacher (dressed in costume) and happy art students. Join me in this presentation where I’ll share how I create a thematic curriculum based on cultures from around the world. [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Intentional Teaching’ – Lisa Phillips (Author, The Artistic Edge)”]As an art teacher you know there are inherent leadership and life skills that your students learn from your classes beyond artistic skill development. Through art you teach communication, problem-solving, confidence and much more. In this session, author and founder of The Artistic Edge, Lisa Phillips, will explore the concept of Intentional Teaching – how to plan and structure your lessons so your students maximize their leadership skill development through your art lesson. Intentional Teaching is not about changing your lesson plans. It is about enhancing them through asking key questions that challenge students’ critical thinking skills and reinforce important leadership concepts. Participants of this session will also receive a free handout of debrief questions that will help guide you as you execute Intentional Teaching practices in your classroom. [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Thinking Globally in the Art Room’ – Trina Harlow (Art Educator)”]Art teachers have been teaching cultural-based art or folk art units for decades. 21st century learning, however, requires this genre of art education to continue to be taught in a post-modern context, but expanding the content with a larger global emphasis.  Globalization is here to stay and globally inspired art has the ability to teach our students about the world they will live and work in once their education is complete. Technology is changing how humanity does everything.  It is changing the art studio.  Art teachers that not only embrace, but absorb their students in a complete global experience are furthering the significance of art education.  This presentation will focus on using Skype in the Classroom, an amazing technological tool that should be in every teacher’s toolbox, to expand the impact of globally inspired art units.  Examples of specific units, including the Worldwide Color Wheel Project, will be shared and methods, as well as tips,for using Skype in the Classroom.  Why just teach students how to draw ocean mammals and fish when you can teach them to do this AND Skype with an underwater oceanographer (who is actually down under the ocean) at the same time? Why just teach students about the cultural art or folk art of another people group, culture, or country when you can do this AND Skype with teacher’s and students in that country at the same time?  Technology has a meaningful home in the elementary or secondary art classroom and studio. Our very large world is shrinking rapidly.  When art transcends the four walls of the art room, art teachers are using art in a meaningful way to prepare our students for a world that is changing so rapidly we can’t even predict the changes. Let’s teach our students to think globally, but act locally.  [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Project Flop: Good Lessons From A Bad Teacher’ – Ian Sands (AOE Team)”]All project start off with the best intentions. Whether you create the lesson from scratch or borrow it from someone else, in your mind you envision success. You write your lesson trying to plan for every situation that may arise. The supplies are laid out, a presentation and a demo are reviewed and practiced, and everything should go off without a hitch. Then, be it fate, a misalignment of the planets or perhaps the art gods are angry, the lesson falls apart. Regardless of your preparation the students don’t understand. As for your enthusiasm, the class simply doesn’t share your zeal for the project.  You try to pull it all together but in the end, for lack of a better word, it fails. Worse off, you take it personally. You feel like you failed. You will be happy to know that you’re in good company[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Bulletin Boards That Get Noticed’ – Ted Edinger(Art with Mr. E)”]The blank canvas of “THE BULLETIN BOARD.” Are you a less is more, more is more, or PLEASE NO MORE kind of art teacher in regards to your bulletin boards?  How do you use them?  Are they a place of active learing, passive learning, or no learning?  We’re going to take a look at “THE BULLETIN BOARD” and discuss how to make it something that your students(and co-workers) notice.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”‘Creating Authentic Studio Experiences in a Standardized Educational Environment’ – Andrew McCormick (MS/HS Art Educator and Professor)”]How can secondary art teachers adhere to all the education reform initiatives today while still creating a responsive and flexible curriculum that makes our classrooms feel more like an authentic studio art experience? Explore specific projects that get to the ‘core’ of real 21st Century Learning while picking up some tips and tricks do it all with ‘ninja-like fluidity’ – without missing a beat! [/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Not yet released”] Presentations will be added regularly. Check back soon.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Not yet released”] Presentations will be added regularly. Check back soon.[/learn_more][learn_more caption=”Not yet released”] Presentations will be added regularly. Check back soon.[/learn_more]