About the Author

Janet Taylor

My name is Janet Taylor, and I teach high school art in the western suburbs of Chicago. I have taught a little bit of everything including drawing, sculpture, ceramics, darkroom and digital photography, jewelry/metals, play production, adaptive art, as well as all three portfolios of AP Art and Design. I totally geek out in developing Choice-based curriculum and believe that by guiding students through their own creative process, they are empowered to create unique and meaningful artworks.

I received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa (one in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in set design and one in Studio Art with a painting emphasis). After spending ten years in NYC and Chicago working as a Scenic Artist, I returned to my passion of teaching and received a Masters of Education from DePaul University in 2010. I have taught in three different school districts, including Chicago Public Schools and the suburbs.

In my “free time” you might find me playing games, going for hikes, reading together at the library with my husband and two kids, or oil painting or collaging in my back porch studio. I am thrilled to be part of the AEOU team and look forward to engaging conversations with all of you amazing art educators!

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Professional Practice

Interview Look For’s: How to Find the Perfect Fit for your Art Teacher Career

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Assessment

How to Take Letter Grades Out of Your Art Room to Refocus on Learning

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Classroom Management

16 Things I Wish I Knew About Teaching as a New Art Teacher

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Advocacy

7 Things Art Education and Our Students Need From Us This Fall

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Approaches

9 Ways to Plan for and Support Students Through the AP Art and Design Portfolio

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum Approaches

How to Easily Break Down AP Art and Design Portfolios

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Assessment

The Inequities of Grading: How to Assess Your Own Grading Practices

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

Why Every Art Teacher Should Work With a Learning Support Coach

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Relationship Building

The Magic of the Art Room: 13 Mystical Media That Continue to Mystify

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Relationship Building

13 Fresh and Seamless Ways to Expand Your Art Lesson

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Advocacy

6 Powerful Ways to Advocate for Your Visual Arts Program Post Pandemic

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Advocacy

7 Tips to Help You Set Boundaries in the Art Room with Confidence

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article