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!

Posts by Janet

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blank technique worksheets with pastels pencils and watercolors
Assessment Implementation

5 Seamless Ways to Tie in Assessments at the End of the School Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
students weaving with cardboard loom and yarn
Differentiation

5 Effortless Adaptive Art Strategies That Won’t Compromise Your Curriculum

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student portrait made of beads
Media & Techniques

A Portrait Lesson You Won’t Want to Miss That Synthesizes Media

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student painting and sketching
Curriculum Design

5 Components for a Quality Lesson Plan

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Video taken on a phone
Advocacy

3 Ways to Advocate for the Arts Using Video

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Student working with paper
Differentiation

4 Ways to Differentiate in the Art Classroom

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
floral-inspired artwork with oil pastels
Assessment Implementation

5 New Ways to Revise Old Artwork

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
close up of gradebook with numbers and letters
Assessment Implementation

4 Myths of Assessment in the Visual Arts

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Advocacy

Do’s and Don’ts of Borrowing and Sharing Lessons

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Notebook and sketchbook
Curriculum Approaches

4 Innovative Ways to Create with Constraints

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Assessment Implementation

5 Tips for Better Art Assessments

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Hands painted red in a circle
Relationship Building

Why Empathy in the Art Room is so Important

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article