About the Author

Kyle Wood

My name is Kyle Wood. I have been teaching k-5 Art in the suburbs of Chicago since 2007. I earned my BFA with Emphasis in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After I got my first teaching job, I started work on my Master’s degree through Kaplan University. My concentration was in teaching with technology and while a lot of the specifics have changed since I earned that degree in 2010, I still love experimenting with new tools and using technology to help students learn and grow. My main goal is to help students find the joy in learning so I run a choice-based classroom with some gaming elements. I really love creating over the top classroom games for students to enjoy.

In 2019, I started a podcast called Who ARTed: Weekly Art History for All Ages. The goal was to experiment with podcasting as a medium so I could teach students a new way of sharing their ideas. I started interviewing teachers and staff at my school in the hopes of building a digital media library students could explore to learn a little bit of art history. When the pandemic hit and learning went remote, I had a few students message me saying how nice it was to be able to listen to familiar voices when they were stuck at home. I decided to maintain the podcast and apparently some people beyond my local community enjoyed it. The Art Explora Foundation, a French non-profit, included my podcast in the media library when they launched their online academy. It was surreal to get an invitation to their private party at The Louvre as the academy was developed in partnership with some of the world’s greatest cultural institutions. It killed me to have to turn down the invite but it was a school night. As art, podcasting, and a willingness to explore new methods have opened a lot of doors for me, I try to share my love of learning with my students and my kids. I help run a podcast club for students and helped my son launch his own podcast called Rainbow Puppy Science Lab dedicated to exploring all things awesome.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family playing and sometimes inventing games. I enjoy playing guitar, taking the dog on long walks through the forest preserve near my house, attempting to cook and thinking about one day intending to try get back in the habit of running.

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Professional Practice

9 Weird and Wonderful Ways for the Art Teacher to Rest and Refresh this Summer

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Studio Practices

How to Use Neurographic Art to Encourage a Calm and Focused Mind

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Daring Art Crimes for the Art Teacher That You Won’t Be Able to Put Down!

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Level Up the Fun! 11 Awesome Art Games to End the Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Studio Practices

Go Big Before Going Home: Finish the Year with a Collaborative Paper Mache Sculpture

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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3 Contemporary Artists Making Amazing Work from Materials Found in Every Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

Drawing from a Fresh Perspective: 8 Strategies to Encourage Drawing Epiphanies!

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Bring Concrete Poetry Into the Art Room to Support All Learners

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Ekphrastic Poems: How to Use Language Arts to Hone Visual Literacy Skills

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Media & Techniques

No Wheel? No Problem! 5 Functional Handbuilding Clay Project Ideas Students Love

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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How to Use Paper Circuits and Mondrian to Illuminate Your Art Room

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