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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Classroom Management

9 Genius Ways to Use Glue to Expertly Enhance Your Art Room

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Professional Practice

10 Hilarious “It’s Like They Know Us” Scenarios Art Teachers Face All Too Often

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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26 Fantastic A-to-Z Reasons to Be a Thankful Art Teacher

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Professional Practice

12 Terrific DIY Projects for Your Art Room to Get Started On Immediately

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Classroom Management

21 Fabulous Tips and Tricks to Match Your Art Room Organization Style

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Relationship Building

50 Fresh Call and Responses to Use in Your Art Classroom Today

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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Relationship Building

Try Restorative Justice Strategies to Foster Relationships in Your Art Class

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
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How to Expertly Set Up and Use Fundraising Platforms to Grow Your Art Program

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article