About the Author

Mariana VanDerMolen

Hi! My name is Mariana VanDerMolen, and I am a writer for the AOEU Magazine. I have been involved with Art Education for five plus years and have taught art from grades K–8. Real-life skills, language learning strategies, and therapeutic practices lie at the heart of my instruction.

In 2020, I turned to AOEU courses to get my bearings in the world of virtual instruction. This turned into two years of honing my instructional practices, teaching philosophy, and research skills through the AOEU Master’s Program. With my degree in hand and the confidence I have built, I am eager to help you in any way I can!

When I am not writing or teaching, I like to use my aesthetic instincts to design and decorate the interior of my home. Visual journaling, scrapbooking, and video editing are other ways my creativity shines! You will often find me reading, spending quality time with my cat, or exploring the various corners of the tropical island I call home.

I am excited to be a part of the AOEU team, and I look forward to growing with you!

Posts by Mariana

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Physical Space

16 Art Bulletin Boards to Do Now to Jumpstart Anticipation for Next School Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Connections

From Text to Powerful Art: How to Explore Blackout Poetry in Your Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Connections

12 Art and Poem Pairings to Inspire Creative Expression in Your Art Room 

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professionalism

Get the Scoop: AOEU Insider Tips For Your Next Art Education Conference

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

4 Tips and 12 Ideas to Help Traveling Art Teachers Who Teach at Multiple Schools

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Engagement

46 Early Finisher Activities to Boost Creativity in Your Elementary Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Advocacy

15 Genius Ways to Advocate for Your Art Program During Youth Art Month (YAM)

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Curriculum

6 Fantastic One-Day Art Lessons to Engage Your Elementary Students

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professionalism

Blast from the Past: 17 Fascinating Things Veteran Art Teachers Remember Doing

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Differentiation

Unmuddy the Rainbow: Best Practices to Support Artists with Color Vision Deficiency

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Physical Space

Makeover Your Art Room to Start the New Year with a Fresh Inspiring Space

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Connections

How to Leverage TikTok Superstar Devon Rodriguez to Inspire Your Students

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article