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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Assessment

9 Self-Reflection Questions From Famous Artworks to End Your Year With Intention

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
cupcakes
Connections

58 Outstanding Artists With Summer Birthdays to Inspire You Over Break

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
sculpture making on floor
Professional Practice

Exclusive New Episodes in the Art Room Only an Art Teacher Would Understand

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

10 Absolutely Hysterical Scenes From the Life of an End-of-Year Art Teacher

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
students drawing portraits
Assessment Implementation

7 Ways to Process Artistic Growth With Your Elementary Students

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
weaving with nature items
Media & Techniques

7 Exciting Outdoor Lessons You Can Use to Take Art Out Into Nature

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
hands drawing a sun
Classroom Management

3 Love and Logic® Secrets to Manage Art Room Behaviors With Less Stress

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
art display
Advocacy

15 Revolutionary Art Show Tips to Put On a Remarkable Show This Year

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Georgia O'Keefe
Advocacy

9 Self-Care Tips From Famous Artworks to Help You Love Yourself Better

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
landscape
Curriculum Approaches

6 Proven Reasons to Love Choice-Based Art and Try It in Your Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
ceiling of paper lanterns
Expectations

How to Effectively Save Mental Time and Energy Using Circles of Control

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
notepad and pens
Professionalism

Set Achievable Art Teacher Goals for a New Year With Confidence

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article