About the Author

Andrea Wlodarczyk

Hi there, I’m Andrea! I learned about AOEU back when it was called AOE, so I’ve been an enthusiastic follower for some years now. I recall being so delighted to find a resource specifically speaking to art educators and thinking, “finally!” Joining the writing team and having the opportunity to support our community the way I was supported is a lovely full-circle experience that I am so grateful for.

This is my 16th year as an art educator after teaching on the east to west coasts. I am currently teaching at the school of my dreams—the incredible High Tech Middle in southern California, which is founded on project-based learning principles. It’s a dynamic environment that allows me to use the full range of my expertise to support the creation of meaningful work, growing me professionally each day. I am a deep believer in the power of art education as an amazing equalizer and in the art room as a brave space for people to connect across cultures, languages, academics, socio-economics, and self-expression.

When I’m not precariously balancing on things to hang artwork, I spend my time at home with my outstanding partner, who has a really cool job as a Chemist, and our hilarious, inquisitive, ray-of-sunshine toddler, who brings smiles to our faces every day. Our fierce companion and perfectly-sized pup, Forrest, and sweet forever kitten-faced cat, Tiger Lily, are our fur-ever pets. I adore taking off on cross-country road trips, container gardening year-round, learning about new art techniques, and exploring this magnificent world every chance I get!

Professional Accomplishments:

Curriculum Author, Haight Street Art Center, 2018

Curriculum Author, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, 2014

Masters of Art in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2004

Bachelors of General Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2003

Associates of Visual Communication from Maryland College of Art and Design, 2001

Posts by Andrea

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Curriculum Approaches

50 SEL Sketchbook Prompts to Help Start Your Day

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Physical Space

27 Ways to Design an Inviting, Functional, and Flexible Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Classroom Management

6 Exhilarating Classroom Management Games You’ll Want to Play in the Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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18 Helpful Fine Motor Ideas and 4 Ways to Reinforce Quality Craftsmanship in Art

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

How to Interview and Develop Meaningful Work With a High School Intern

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Middle School Mailbag: We Want to Know, What Is Most Challenging About Teaching Art?

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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10 Supportive Ways for the Art Teacher to Cope With Burnout

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

6 Skills Art Teachers Gained This Past Year and 14 Ideas to Try

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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7 Easy End-of-the-Year Checklists to Take You From Final Grades to Party Time

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Physical Space

20 High-Quality Art Supply Basics to Help You Budget for Next Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Relationship Building

Wind Down an Odd Year With an Inspiring Book and Morale Boosting Art Project

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Curriculum Design

What to Look For in an Art Curriculum

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article