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So what if you’re busy on the day of the conference? What if something comes up and you can’t watch live? NO WORRIES!
The Conference After Pass allows you to watch the conference presentations at any time for a full year after the event has concluded!
Art Ed Now is incredibly affordable to attend – you get everything for only $149*. Unlike traditional conferences where you might spend $1,000 or more to attend (hundreds of dollars on travel, hundreds more on lodging and dining), Art Ed Now is affordable for every art teacher!
*Art Ed Now is perfect for large teams. If you’re attending with 5 or more colleagues, contact us to save 20%.
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What is a Swag Box? Imagine receiving a box in the mail bursting with awesome art products, free samples, and test materials to try in your art room. Jackpot!
We’ve worked with our generous sponsors to fill the conference Swag Box to the brim with some really cool supplies!
*The Swag Box is available as a free gift, exclusively for the first 1,500 U.S. event registrants! Due to overwhelming demand, the Swag Box is no longer available.
This one-day event features 20+ amazingly relevant presentations covering classroom management, creativity, organization, technology, assessment, STEAM/PBL, and much more!
Ever since his childhood in one of Ohio’s most haunted houses, writer director Drew Daywalt has been writing escapist fantasy and building worlds of his own. With a degree in Creative Writing, and a concentration in Children’s Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Daywalt set off to Hollywood where he spent years writing for Disney and Universal on such beloved shows as Timon & Pumba, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody Woodpecker, and where his animated series The Wacky World of Tex Avery garnered an Emmy nomination.
His first trip into live action landed him studio screenwriting and feature film directing work with such Hollywood luminaries as Quentin Tarrantino, Lawrence Bender, Tony Scott, Brett Ratner and Jerry Bruckheimer.
With an eye toward picture book writing, Daywalt’s first book THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller’s List in June 2013, and has since become a number 1 Best Seller.
Drew is not only a best-selling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, but he is also a creative filmmaker and artist. You will love hearing from him as he talks about his inspiration, his working process, and shares some behind-the-scenes stories about his books. He will also talk about his connections with art teachers everywhere, and his simple but effective motto to “Work Hard and Be Nice.” You won’t want to miss it!
Mike Venezia was born in New York City and, when he was 10 years old, his family moved to the Chicago area. In high school, Mike took all the art classes he could get his hands on. After graduating high school, Mike went on to study art history, painting, photography, sculpture and graphic design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his BFA.
Mike then began a 33-year career in advertising at Chicago’s largest ad agency, Leo Burnett Company. It was during this time Mike began writing and illustrating his children’s books. To date, Mike has written and illustrated over 120 non-fiction books introducing kids to the World’s Greatest Artists, Composers, Inventors & Scientists, and U.S. Presidents. He has worked on his writing and illustrating full-time since 2001.
Mike believes the best way to introduce children to art and artists is through fun. If kids can look at art in a fun way and think of artists as real people, the exciting world of art will be open to them for the rest of their lives.
Mike Venezia is the talented author and illustrator who played an important role in the development of the “Getting to Know” series. In this presentation, Mike will explain why he believes art – and art teachers – are so vital to our lives. He will share how his early love of drawing and painting led to an incredible career in the arts, and give you a behind-the-scenes look at his studio and work.
Michael Linsin is the founder of Smart Classroom Management, the top classroom management blog on the web with over 70,000 subscribers.
He has taught every grade level from kindergarten through high school for the past 25 years, and is the author of five books, including The Happy Teacher Habits (due out in May of 2016).
He has also written for The Guardian, The Edvocate, The Art of Education, and many others. He holds teaching credentials in Elementary Education, English, and Physical Education.
When he isn’t writing and teaching, Michael enjoys hanging out with his wife (also a teacher) and two dogs and shooting a traditional English longbow.
He lives in San Diego, California.
Nothing is more frustrating than losing control of your class or more challenging than trying to get your students back on track. In this presentation, Michael Linsin of the website Smart Classroom Management shows you step-by-step how to regain control of any class, no matter how bad it’s gotten. Whether you teach kindergarten or high school, or even if you’re meeting an out-of-control class for the first time, the simple strategies you’ll learn will calm and settle your students so you can teach and really love your job.
Mod Podge Crafts is celebrating their 50th year in business! The ultimate in all-in-one convenience, often called Modge Podge, has been loved by crafters and artists of all ages for its flexibility, versatility and supreme ease of use since 1967. Best of all, it’s water-based, making clean-up a snap. It’s non-toxic, too—perfect for art rooms everywhere!
Mod Podge will share some great ideas for quality 3D work in your classroom, from paper sculptures to mixed media work, and even finishing clay projects! You will be impressed with the variety and versatility of what can be done with Mod Podge, and you will come away with some great ideas for your classroom. They have also stuffed the swag box full with some of their great products, so if you were lucky enough to be one of the first 1,500 to register, you will have the chance to work right along with them as we move through the conference!
A fundraiser that you’ll be proud of. Art to Remember is an art-based fundraising company that helps you raise money for your art program. It is easy to manage and there are no out of pocket costs – we even provide the art paper and pay for shipping. It is a great way to promote art education at your school and parents love it as well! It’s a fundraiser that you’ll want to do year after year.
AOE’s Content Specialist Alecia Kaczmarek will demonstrate an awesome color mixing lesson for Art to Remember. If you were lucky enough to be one of the first 1,500 people to register, you will have the chance to work right along with her! Art to Remember has placed all the supplies you need right inside the swag box that will be delivered to your door.
Alecia will also use her organizational skills to walk you through the process of running a successful fundraiser that is both easy to plan and easy to execute.
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.
Student assessment has become a hot topic in art education with the dawn of state teacher evaluations. Creating another test for them to take is not the answer. See how you can use national and state standards to work “testing” into your curriculum through student project assessments. Individual Performance Assessments (IPA’s) are the key to collecting authentic data from students.
Students will love the fact that there will be no more tests, teachers will love their time freed up to do more authentic learning in the classroom, and your administrators will think you are amazing when they see all the data collected on your students! In this presentation, you will find specific rubrics and strategies that can be used to streamline your assessments!
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, John likes to work in his pottery studio in Sedona, Arizona.
In this presentation, Art of Ed ceramics guru John Post will teach you how to make 5 gallons of glaze for the cost of a pint or two. John will demonstrate how easy it is to make a glaze–with step-by-step directions for you to follow–and he’ll even give you his favorite foolproof glaze recipe! If you have ever baked a cake or made cookies, you already have the skills needed to make your own glazes and save tons of money in the process!
Kelly Phillips is a 4th and 5th-grade art teacher in Hopkinton, MA, and an AOE writer. As a TAB teacher, she is passionate about fostering independence in her students. She strives to create an environment where all students can become independent, self-directed risk-takers.
Kelly began her teaching career working with special needs students. She then earned her BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her M.Ed. in STEM education from Framingham State University.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and being in nature.
Join Kelly as she shows you some of her favorite ways to infuse the culture of STEAM into the art room! No matter your budget, the ideas you will see in this presentation can easily be implemented in your own teaching. Kelly will share concrete examples of how she introduces STEAM concepts to her students in a TAB classroom, and demonstrate how these concepts can inform artmaking at every level.
Janine is a K-12 certified Visual Arts teacher in Byron Center, Michigan. She is a graduate from The University of Michigan-Flint and Western Michigan University. She earned her Masters of Art in Art Education and has been practicing her craft in the Middle School art room since 2004. She is passionate about technology, choice, and presenting and sharing ideas from her classroom.
To change or not to change? The choice is yours. Janine says that changing to choice-based curriculum has been the most impactful thing she has ever done in her classroom. Moving away from the narrow view of what we are supposed to teach and what students are supposed to learn has transformed her teaching. Instead of making choices for her students, Janine has challenged herself to instead give students the chance to find their own voices and connect to their work in meaningful ways. In this presentation, she will share insights about what got her over the fear of change and what happened to her teaching when she said “yes” to choice.
Hello. I’m Jessica Balsley, Founder and President at The Art of Education. My husband Derek and I founded the Art of Education in 2011 to help art teachers around the world access higher-quality professional development.
I am passionate about helping art teachers perform at a high level, both professionally and personally. It’s my mission to lead this organization to produce high-quality professional development that is relevant and accessible.
“If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.” This is true for so many artists, and so many art teachers.
Most artistic people are inherently visual learners. Visual people learn more quickly and come to a deeper understanding by seeing and doing. We thrive using visual reminders and checklists, and we can easily forget things that we don’t see on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we live in a world that isn’t always set up for visual people; we often settle for mainstream strategies that just don’t work for us.
Through this presentation, you will gain organizational skills and ideas to support visual learning. You will also learn tips to nurture your students’ unique learning styles in the art room. The strategies taught will help you stay motivated and efficient in both your personal life and teaching career.
Cassie Stephens has been teaching art to kindergarten through fourth-grade students in the Nashville, Tennessee area for the past 16 years. Four years ago, Cassie started a blog to hold herself personally accountable. Since then, she’s managed to find the secret to her personal art teacherin’ happiness by connecting the passions in her life: teaching, creating, and dressing like a crazy person. She blogs about her art lessons, her DIY’s and what she wore in the art room at cassiestephens.blogspot.com.
Creating filmed lessons for your students is a wonderful way to ensure that each of your classes receive the same quality instruction every time. But what if you want to take those videos one step beyond instruction and make them fun and entertaining for your students to view? In this presentation, I’ll share with you how to film and edit videos that will have your students learning, laughing and excited to create. You’ll even find out how to rope your coworkers into the art teacherin’ film makin’ mix. And, action!
Nic Hahn is an AOE Instructor and authors the popular blog, Mini Matisse, where she shares creative ideas and positive attitudes about teaching. Nic has worked with all types of learners (pre-school though adults) and has discovered she loves teaching at all levels.
Do you want your students to love, no scratch that… ADORE your class? Give them SPE’s (Short Positive Experiences). We want our students to be excited to learn not only the process of art but also Art History, concepts, and more. When covering concepts, students are often asked to take long notes. When researching Art History, students might be asked to write a 3-page paper and create a diorama that could take weeks to complete. Not when you are teaching under the idea of SPE’s. When teaching SPE style, teachers are giving short lessons, really short. They are making sure their students are smiling and having fun. Teachers are covering a little at a time so that their students are exposed to many processes, mediums, concepts, and big ideas in Art. The idea is to create a hunger for more, by only giving a little at a time in a way that creates a happy experience for all.
Julie Read is an internationally known artist and the founder of the online hub Portfolio Oomph: Getting You Into Art College. She has worked for 17 years in postsecondary education and art colleges in Scotland, teaching and interviewing applicants at Edinburgh College of Art for 9 years. Her passion and mission is assisting students in creating a killer art portfolio as they prepare for college. Julie has extensive experience of supporting students in creating portfolios and interviewing students at the college level, also creating course materials and tutoring students in an online environment.
Drawing these days means a whole host of things to different artists and designers, from the tried and true pencil realism to experimental ideas like drawing with light and other 3-dimensional applications. Join Julie Read from Portfolio Oomph to explore what drawing can mean for you, and how you can use the medium in your own classroom to widen the student experience.
Kathleen resides in Overland Park, Kansas and is part of the instructional support team for a large public school district where she supports several content areas including the Visual Arts, K-12. Kathleen is also an adjunct instructor for the Art of Education. Kathleen was formally an elementary art teacher for ten years. She is passionate about curriculum design, effective instruction, teacher leadership, technology integration and meaningful professional development.
It is time for a revolution! Are you tired of professional development that has nothing to do with your content? This presentation focuses on moving away from traditional professional development methods and taking charge of your own learning. In her role as a professional development coordinator, Kathleen Cigich will share some tips on how to make the most out of every professional development opportunity whether you are surrounded by meaningful learning or on an art teacher island.
Andrea Slusarski is an artist, educator, and midwest-transplant living and creating in Denver, CO. She teaches Drawing and Painting at Gateway High School, and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Emerging Technologies at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. She hopes one day to inspire all subject areas to integrate the visual arts to boost student learning.
Join Andrea as she shows you how to take your students on an outdoor adventure! Plein air painting is an active practice of working outdoors, which can bring your students a better understanding of layering and light in their landscape painting. Andrea will share how she introduces plein air painting to her students and demonstrate how the concept can deepen their overall knowledge of landscape painting.
David R. Modler and Eric M. Scott are the Journal Fodder Junkies. This dynamic duo are artists, educators, and authors of the bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365. They are on a mission to spread the creative power of visual journaling and artmaking, and they have provided numerous workshops, presentations, and seminars on topic across North America.
Since the dawn of human culture, we have been telling our stories through pictures and words. The visual journal continues this tradition, and as a powerful and personal tool for artists and non-artists alike. It allows us to merge both visual and written elements. With our words, we document our ideas and our observations, reflect on concepts, and explore the ideas and the stories that resonate the most.
This talk will focus on the use of written language as a vital part of the everyday practice of visual journaling, and David and Eric will share some simple tips and strategies for integrating words and text into the visual journal.
Luke proudly teaches at his high school alma mater in Saint Ansgar, Iowa. His diverse background in visual arts, language arts, and sports science guide his character development and leadership courses as well as his junior high and high school visual arts curriculum. Outside of teaching and coaching, Luke enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and two incredible children.
We’re always looking for ways to express ideas, incorporate new media, and develop artistic skills while also working within a budget. Drywall joint compound, or “mud,” is an incredible solution. It is an inexpensive, easy-to-find product that can be easily manipulated for all kinds of artistic purposes. Luke will demonstrate a number of creative and engaging ways to incorporate drywall mud into a variety of art projects that can fit throughout your curriculum.
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.
As art teachers, we have so many holes in our instructional time: a teacher who is late picking up their class, a period that is cut short by an assembly or fire drill, or just a few lingering minutes after completing a project. These leftover intervals really add up over the course of a school year. So how do we maximize our art minutes for the benefit of our students?
In this presentation Lindsey will show you how to beat the clock with several unique, dynamic, and easy-to-implement strategies that will leave your students asking for more!
Matt is a high school visual arts and mural design teacher in San Francisco, CA who strives to cultivate maximum creative potential in all students. His classes promote engaging curriculum, independent learning, open-ended problem solving, communicating with an audience, as well as an inclusive culture of collaboration. Matt has led over thirty mural projects with students and adults on the walls of his school and at numerous other neighborhood locations. Outside of school, he can often be found walking his dog along the Pacific Ocean, disc golfing, hiking, reading, painting, riding his bike, and running all around Northern California.
Have you ever wanted to bring a graffiti-inspired curriculum to your classroom? Have you tried before, but just aren’t sure about how to make it more meaningful? This presentation focuses on the most essential aspects to making graffiti-inspired art a profound unit for all students. Matt will share a look at how to scaffold assignments, how symbolism and identity can play an important role, and how to implement graffiti techniques into any classroom–no matter the age and skill level!
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.
Student engagement is key in creating a successful learning environment. But do you ever find that your students just don’t seem to be motivated or excited to learn? Abby Schukei will share how she is able to incorporate art history and pop culture into her art room each week in ways that keep her students engaged. In this presentation, you will find specific projects and strategies that can be used to ensure your students will never be bored again!
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