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“This is one of the most absolutely positive tech experiences I’ve ever had. The conference brought together art teachers from around the world – helping us all realize we’re not alone! Great way to connect, learn, and enjoy new ideas!”
“The enthusiasm from the creators, presenters, and artists featured in this conference is amazing. The content is innovative and the connections are actually applicable to my art room! Thank you AOE!”
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So what if you’re busy on the day of the event? What if something comes up and you can’t watch live? NO WORRIES!
The Conference After Pass (free with your registration) gives you access to every presentation and every download for a full year after the event has concluded! It also includes:
Art Ed Now is affordable for every art teacher – you get everything (including an entire year of on-demand access) for $149.
Art Ed Now is perfect for schools and groups of art teachers. If you’re attending with 5 or more colleagues, contact us to save 20%. If you need approval from your administration to attend, download this letter of support to help with your approval!
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Imagine receiving a box in the mail bursting with awesome art products, free samples, and test materials to try in your art room. Jackpot!
The first 1,500 conference registrants (in the Continental U.S.) will receive a swag box in the mail prior to the event.
This one-day event features 20+ amazingly relevant presentations covering painting, portraiture, differentiation, creativity, ceramics, classroom management, organization, technology, assessment, STEAM/PBL, and much more! Unlike traditional conferences, you get to see every presentation.
Not limited to the confines of museums and galleries, Jen Stark’s diverse practice—a series of sculptural objects that rely on a commitment to process and hypnotic repetition; charismatic wall works; widely seen murals; and intricately animated films—have been exhibited throughout the world.
In this presentation, you will get a look inside the studio of Jen Stark as she talks about her incredibly colorful paintings, sculptures, and animations. Jen will also discuss where she finds inspiration, which artists have influenced her, and how all types of different ideas make their way into her work. She will talk about her experience with art and education, and how her time as a student helped her find and develop her artistic style. This will be a presentation you won’t want to miss!
Alexandra Overby teaches AP Studio Art, Digital Photography, and AP Art History in downtown Denver, Colorado. She is also an instructional coach and part of the district visual art professional development team. She earned her Ph.D in Art Education from Arizona State University, and she is the head editor of the Colorado Art Education Association online magazine.
Join Alexandra as she shares how digital portfolios can become an invaluable part of your classroom. Learn how to help students create portfolios, add artist statements, and present their work in a simple, meaningful way!
Haley Parker is an art teacher in Iowa, and she loves working on large Abstract Expressionist drawings and paintings. She earned her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2015. She loves to share her passion for painting through teaching art!
Follow along with Haley Parker as she shows you how to help students create a successful watercolor still life. Using quality materials from Platinum Sponsor, OOLY, she’ll take you through the process step-by-step. Walk away with new knowledge and a finished example for your classroom!
Ray Yang is a Middle and Upper School Art Teacher and Teaching Artist in Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and believes the arts can change the world.
Comics and zines are always winning lessons in the art room. Something magical happens when students combine words and images on the same page. The resulting work is often nuanced in a way that can’t be achieved through drawing or writing alone.
In this presentation, join Ray as he takes you through a brief history of the medium, shares some helpful resources, and walks you through the process of creating comics and zines with your students. You’ll leave with a solid plan for implementing these engaging art forms in your classroom!
Nic Hahn has worked as an instructor for AOE and authors the popular blog “Mini Matisse.” She enjoys sharing creative ideas and positive musings about teaching. Nic has worked with learners from preschoolers through adults and has discovered she loves teaching at all levels.
When working with over 700 students, there is no singular way to describe a family. Every student has a different situation. For this reason, I’d been avoiding having students create family portraits in my art room.
This year, I decided to reintroduce the idea and help my students create family portraits. The experience ended up being beautiful and meaningful for both my students and me. We discussed the many different ways a family can look and who can make up a family, creating an accepting and welcoming environment for all.
Tess received her master’s degree at Pratt Institute in Arts and Cultural Management. Before moving to New York to pursue her education, she graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and became a visual arts teacher for three years in the Chicago Public Schools. She has also taught in various education sectors, including museum education from The Museum of Chinese in America. Currently, she is working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as part of the Outreach and Education function.
Are you looking for a way to bring your students together? How about a project that will positively impact the way your students see themselves? If your answer is yes, Tess Hwang has the perfect idea for you!
In this presentation, you’ll learn how to use simple tools like electrical tape and scissors to help your students create empowering messages in your classroom. Watch as your students find confidence and transform your art room one floor tile at a time.
Wynita Harmon is an elementary art facilitator in Plano, TX and has been teaching in Title I schools for 11 years. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and is dedicated to being a life-long learner to promote a growth mindset. She provides meaningful experiences for her students using the TAB/Choice-Based philosophy that fosters innovation, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking skills and collaboration in the art studio.
Get ready to have some fun as Wynita helps you discover the wonderful world of Gelli printing! Learn how to create a wide variety of prints while bringing essential art concepts to your students. Wynita will share specific techniques that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. Walk away with the ability to teach your students about shape, texture, color and more through this versatile medium. The techniques shared in this presentation are sure to get your ideas flowing!
Ruthie Post will teach you how she uses the acts of make-believe, dramatic play and storytelling to teach her students about the characteristics of artists. Students need to get their imaginations, bodies, social skills, emotions, and creativity working all at once – in other words, they need to play.
Children can engage in this type of dramatic play with props. Ruthie will demonstrate how to build a box of props around a theme to teach art concepts. Conference attendees will be shown how to gather, make and use props to enhance student learning in their own classrooms.
There’s nothing quite like getting lost in the world of make-believe. In this presentation, Ruthie will share how you can use dramatic play and storytelling to teach essential concepts in the art room.
Learn how to build a box of props around a theme using homemade and gathered materials. You’ll help your students get their imaginations, bodies, social skills, emotions, and creativity working together at the same time!
Lena Rodriguez is the High School Painting and Drawing Director at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy in Grand Prairie Texas. She is in her 11th year of teaching and focuses on creating a positive culture within her studio, conducive to exploration and conceptualism.
Incorporating encaustic painting into your curriculum can seem daunting. Most art teachers envision tricky processes and costly materials. But you might be surprised to learn how simple it can be.
Join Lena as she shares her best tips and tricks for bringing encaustic art to your students. You’ll hear about everything from budget-friendly materials to how to set up your space. Rely on Lena’s years of experience to help you conquer this amazing medium!
John is an elementary art teacher in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has taught art to kids at every level from Kindergarten through 12th grade since 1991. John hopes that by sharing how he uses clay with his students, more art teachers will venture beyond the basic pinch pot. When he is not teaching, Jon likes to work in his pottery studio in Sedona, Arizona.
Digging clay from the Earth and firing it in your kiln is a magical process. In this presentation, John Post will teach you how he takes locally-found clay and processes it for use with his students. Plus, learn how to get your students involved and watch them enjoy every messy minute. This activity is a wonderful way to soak up some sun on those nice fall days.
Shannon’s passion lies where creative expression in art education collides with meeting the needs of all learners. She has taught in a variety of educational settings with students preschool-aged through adult. She worked for several years in schools for students with emotional and behavior disabilities as well as psychiatric diagnoses; she was also trained in ABA as she worked in a self-contained classroom for students with autism. Shannon is passionate about developing strategies and interventions to provide creative outlets for students of all abilities in the art room. She now works as a full-time graduate instructor for The Art of Ed helping other art teachers learn to do the same.
You teach hundreds of students. How can you possibly provide individualized supports for all of them? Differentiation supports all students, but for students with special needs, it’s the law! Discover creative and art-specific examples of modifications, accommodations, and interventions beyond “preferential seating” and “extra time for tests”! Round out your success with tips for managing various differentiation strategies you implement in the art room.
Rachel Albert is a middle school art teacher in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to her role developing curriculum and engaging students through a wide range of instructional approaches in the art classroom, she is also the school’s Technology Coach. She strives to engage all students in art education through integrated learning, and school-wide initiatives. She has developed a curriculum that uses technology in novel and innovative ways such as blended learning, using art-related apps and google classroom to support learning and bringing student voice into art experiences.
Stop-motion animation is a powerful tool. It immediately engages students and allows them to create work relevant to their lives. No matter how much experience you have with technology, Rachel will teach you how to run a stop-motion animation unit from start to finish!
Learn everything you need to know including how to introduce the unit, what materials and tech you’ll need, how to set up your classroom, and more!
Don Masse teaches at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a public elementary school with a visual arts focus. He writes about his art room experiences on his blog, www.shinebritezamorano.com. He is a contributing editor for Arts & Activities magazine, where he shares ways to incorporate living artists into the elementary art curriculum.
In this presentation, Don will share his favorite apps for creating digital collages, mural mockups, AR images, and more.
Learn how to use apps like Assembly, Giphycam, Morphi, and others to help your students build social skills as they collaborate and compromise throughout the design process. All of the apps Don will share are easy-to-use and offer a variety of design possibilities and avenues for student choice. Walk away with fresh ideas to implement next school year!
Amber Kane is an art educator, textile designer, and stellar daydreamer. She has been teaching art for 10 years in a variety of public, private, and online settings. She also has experience running and instructing summer programs and providing teacher in-service training. She loves to help teachers of all subjects understand what creativity is and learn how to bring it into their classrooms.
Do you avoid teaching weaving and other fiber arts because you feel like there’s no room for creativity? It doesn’t have to be that way!
As a weaver and creativity advocate, Amber will show you how a mindset shift can move fiber arts from a craft to a creative endeavor. Leave this session with the inspiration to approach fiber arts in a whole new way!
Jim O’Donnell wants art education to thrive, not just survive, so he created the blog KillYourColorWheels.com. Jim wants to know how art education can be most meaningful for everyday people and believes that emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and choice will most
help students facing an uncertain future. He has taught elementary, middle, and college art, earning an MFA along the way, and has coordinated an art teacher preparation program. Right now he is working on a PhD. Jim was named Georgia Higher Education Art Educator of the Year for 2016.
Giving a grade for creativity is like trying to measure your love for art with a ruler. The task and the tool rarely seem to match up. I’ve struggled with assessment for years. But, while the old me wouldn’t believe it, today I look forward to assessment and discovering how I can better encourage my students to think like artists–and you can too! Learn how we can assess more when we grade less and walk away with tools that truly encourage creativity.
Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT has been teaching in Gwinnett County Georgia since 1993. She teaches students via the visual arts at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA where she is the department chair of the visual art department, fine arts co-chair, NAHS co-sponsor and the owner of the Crystal Collage Children’s Art Studio. She is a huge advocate for art education and has worked extensively with the Georgia Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association.
Debi was just named the National 2017 Southeastern Secondary Art Educator of the Year, and has previously been recognized as the 2009 Georgia Art Educator of the Year and the 2005 national Elementary Art Educator of the Year. She earned her BA in studio art from the University of South Carolina, her teaching degree from the Moore College of Art and Design and her MAEd, Ed.S and her (almost) Ph.D from the University of Georgia. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Art Educator.
Showing your students how to help others through art is always a powerful experience. Through service learning projects, students learn about empathy, collaboration, and how art can change lives. In this presentation, Debi will share her most successful service learning projects from her teaching career. Learn how to partner with your community and advocate for the arts, all while making the world a better place!
Ben Schumaker founded the Memory Project as a social work graduate student in 2004, and it has been his full-time obsession ever since. He’s traveled the world delivering portraits to some of the most marginalized children in the world, though he spends most of his days alone in his garage sorting portraits and emailing the many art teachers who make the project possible. He is absolutely addicted to this work, and he hopes to continue it until the day he dies.
The Memory Project is an international service-learning program in which art students create portraits as special gifts for children facing challenges around the world. To date, the Memory Project has provided more than 130,000 portraits to children living in orphanages, refugee camps, and situations of extreme poverty in 45 different countries. Hear directly from founder Ben Schumaker as he passionately describes how the project started, how it works, and how much art students have to gain from participating.
Abby is a middle school art teacher in Omaha, NE as well as a writer for the Art of Education. She focuses on creating meaningful experiences for her students through technology integration, innovation, and creativity.
While clay is always exciting for students, seeing the same techniques over and over can quickly make them lose interest. In this presentation, Abby will share how to make even the simplest slab techniques more advanced and exciting. Best of all, the techniques can be adapted for any age level, so everyone will walk away with something new to try in the classroom!
Matt and Craig have been teaching together for over 15 years. As co-workers and best friends, they have worked hard to make sure that their art program is a successful family that is at the cutting edge of creating lifelong learners in
the arts. They have taken the time to develop a curriculum that not only allows for student success at all levels, but provides a clear rigorous path to future career art makers.
Are the first few days of your class filled with mind-numbing tedium as you go over syllabi, class rules, and more? It doesn’t have to be that way! Join Matt and Craig as they teach you how to turn the beginning of your class into an investment that will pay off for the rest of the semester. They’ll show you how they use team-building strategies like art games and bonding activities to get their students engaged from day one. Using these techniques, you’re sure to see an increase in student output and a reduction of discipline issues in your classroom.
Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, where she has had her dream job for over a decade. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges. She thinks think art class is THE place where students can learn to be creative problem solvers in a technology-saturated work world.
Are you searching for a way to hook even your toughest students? Look no further than escape rooms! It seems like these mystery games are popping up everywhere lately, including in educational settings. They’re an amazing way to help your students work cooperatively while learning about art history, art vocab, and more.
Join Lindsey Moss as she shares strategies for setting up an educational escape room on a budget. Walk away with the ability to start your “Art Class Escape Room Adventure” right away!
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