What does it look like to have difficult conversations in our art rooms? How do we work with our students as they take on the topic of race in their artwork? Today's episode is the second part of a conversation about how we address race in the art room with guests Lena Rodriguez, Jenn Russell, and Dr. Wynita Harmon. Resources and Links Listen to Part 1 of the Conversation Download: 17 Black Artists to Know See Tim's Twitter thread of living black artists The Perfect Project for Art and Activism How to Help Students Reflect, Process, and Enact Change
What does it look like to have difficult conversations in our art rooms? How do we work with our students as they take on the topic of race in their artwork? Today's episode is part 1 of a conversation about how we address race in the art room with guests Lena Rodriguez, Jenn Russell, and Dr. Wynita Harmon. Resources and Links Download: 17 Black Artists to Know See Tim's Twitter thread of living black artists How Educators Can Educate Themselves How to Help Students Reflect, Process, and Enact Change Inclusivity for All Learners in the Art Room
With all that is happening in the world today, teachers everywhere are beginning to do the work to educate themselves on issues of race. In today's episode, Tim welcomes Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter and Dr. Seth Schoen to discuss their research and teaching on race, issues we should be aware of as educators, and how we can educate ourselves on race and how it affects our students. Resources and Links Download: 17 Black Artists to Know See Tim's Twitter thread of living black artists The Perfect Project for Art and Activism How to Help Students Reflect, Process, and Enact Change Inclusivity for All Learners in the Art Room
With all that is happening in the world today, teachers everywhere are reflecting on their curriculum and doing the work to make their classrooms antiracist. A small step we can take is to show the work of more Black artists in our classrooms. In this episode, Tim discusses seventeen of his favorite living Black artists that you should know. Resources and Links Download: 17 Black Artists to Know See Tim's Twitter thread of living black artists The Perfect Project for Art and Activism How to Help Students Reflect, Process, and Enact Change Inclusivity for All Learners in the Art Room
Whether you are teaching in person or working with students via distance learning, virtual museum tours are a great way to engage your students and incorporate art history. In today's episode, Tim shares 5 tips to help your students make the most of their virtual museum experience, as well as 5 suggestions for museums to visit. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning Lena Rodriguez's download of art history ideas Guggenheim Bilbao Guggenheim New York Frida Kahlo Museum Van Gogh Museum The Vatican Museums
Closing down the art room for the year was a unique and difficult experience this time around. As Tim discussed last week, teachers and students everywhere are missing out on their last pieces of learning and their final goodbyes. Today, Abby Schukei joins Tim to talk about what we missed out on this year, how we can make the most of our summers, and why she is feeling hopeful for the future. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning What does it look like coming back from a closure? Check out the Art Ed NOW Conference!
With schools closed everywhere, this end to the school year is unique. And difficult. Teachers and students everywhere are missing out on their last pieces of learning and their final goodbyes. In this episode, Tim shares some of his thoughts on wrapping up the year, what we can do to help ourselves and our students, and ideas for the summer and fall. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning AOEU's Newest Graduate Course: Teaching K-12 Art Online Check out the Art Ed NOW Conference!
With so much happening right now, some teachers wouldn't dream of working on professional development. Other teachers have already begun to dive in. Today, AOEU's Director of K-12 PD, Amanda Heyn, joins Tim for a conversation on the best time for professional development. Listen as they discuss summertime PD, improving your teaching, and how you can make a decision as to what type of learning is right for you. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning AOEU's Newest Graduate Course: Teaching K-12 Art Online Check out the Art Ed NOW Conference!
With distance learning still in full swing, teachers are finding that it's becoming more and more difficult to stay connected with our students and keep them engaged. Today, however, Jenn Russell comes back to the show to share some of her best ideas on how to connect with students from a distance. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning AOEU's Newest Graduate Course: Teaching K-12 Art Online Check out the Art Ed NOW Conference!
This week is the return of Art Ed Radio's former co-host, Andrew McCormick! Now that he has some time on his hands, he joins Tim for a mailbag episode. Listen as the guys discuss quarantine activities, distance teaching, and the importance (or not) of professional development during this time. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning Avoiding Burnout and Practicing Resilience AOEU's Newest Graduate Course: Teaching K-12 Art Online Check out the Art Ed NOW Conference!
In this week's episode, Tim has decided to make the topic a little bit lighter. He brings on Lena Rodriguez to talk art history and their favorite artists to hang out with in quarantine. Listen as they discuss Maya Lin, Frida Kahlo, and more, as well as the power of giant portraits and how Tim can learn to love bling. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning Follow Lena on Twitter and Instagram Using Weekly Art History Challenges How to Connect Your Students to Contemporary Art
We should talk about mental health on a more consistent basis, but that fact has become more important as we spend more time away from each other. In this episode, Tim welcomes Jen Leban on to share their stories about dealing with mental health and discuss why it needs to be a more regular topic of conversation. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning Follow Jen on Twitter Read Jen's writing on mental health Jen is one of the founders of ResetEDU
We know how difficult it is to make connections with our students right now, but one important way we can connect is to make online learning more fun! In this episode, Lindsey Moss joins Tim to share some of her best ideas for online meetings, including Pictionary, scavenger hunts, and more. Resources and Links View all of AOEU's resources to help with distance learning. Watch last week's Coronavirus webinar. Read Lindsey's article on making meetings fun.
As we continue to settle into this new normal, we learn more about everything we will need to deal with moving forward. Today, Tim is joined by AOEU writer Sarah Krajewski to discuss mental health, ideas for distance learning, and the power of positivity.
Our art teaching is in a state of upheaval right now, as schools everywhere close because of the Coronavirus. Before you can find success teaching, however, it is important that you have your life at home in order. In today's episode, AOEU's Director of K-12 PD Amanda Heyn joins Tim to talk about everything needed to take care of yourself and your family. Resources and Links AOEU's Coronavirus Resources Page The 99PI Episode that Tim recommended
Every year, the Art of Education University conducts a nationwide survey to take the pulse of the art education world. Today, Tim talks to AOEU Senior Editor Megan Dehner about the 2020 State of Art Education survey and its results. Listen as they discuss their biggest surprises, biggest concerns, and reasons to be optimistic about the state of art education. Resources and Links The State of Art Education 2020 See the results from previous years: 2018 and 2019
With the Coronavirus continuing to spread and schools around the world being closed, it is time to discuss how these events might affect our classroom. Today, Tim talks to Libby Beaty, a teacher in South Korea whose school was recently closed. Listen as they discuss the adjustments being made by students and teachers, the technology that has been most helpful, and how you can still create a classroom community from a distance. Resources and Links Follow Libby Beaty on Twitter and Instagram See Libby's TikTok account Teaching Art Around the World
We talk often about how we want our kids to be more creative with their ideas, and how we can get them to think more creatively. But how do we foster that type of development? In this episode, Tim shares some of his best strategies for creative exercises and favorite ways to develop creativity in your classroom. Resources and Links Listen to Tim's podcast with Amber Check out the Creativity in Crisis Graduate Course PRO Learning Pack: Creativity Exercises for Every Level PRO Learning Pack: Teaching for Creativity Explore all of AOEU's Graduate Courses
Classroom management is the neverending challenge for so many art teachers. How do you help your kids find success when there is chaos everywhere you turn? Listen as Tim shares some of his best strategies for organizing your classroom, helping your kids learn (and remember) routines, and calm the chaos in your room. Resources and Links Keeping them in the Classroom (Ep. 113) How to Stay Sane with Oversized Classes (Ep. 103) Classroom Management PRO Learning Pack Why Meeting Your Kids at the Door is So Important
It is an age-old question in the art room . . . do you let kids listen to music while they work, or do you make them put their earbuds away? Today, Tim talks with Elizabeth Peterson from The Inspired Classroom about soundtracking your art room and ways to bring more music to your students. Listen as they discuss types of music, art projects related to music, and the best ways to introduce new music to your students. Resources and Links Take a Look at Elizabeth's website, The Inspired Classroom Access the download mentioned on how to introduce new music Join Elizabeth on her Inspired Teachers Facebook Page Read about The Music List in the art room
After the introduction of FLEX Curriculum last week, the response from teachers and districts has been overwhelming. So this week, it's time to dive deeper. AOEU's Senior Editor, Megan Dehner, joins Tim to talk all about FLEX. Listen as they discuss how the platform meets and adapts to teachers' needs, how to get FLEX in your district, and answer some of the most pressing questions about the curriculum. Resources and Links Take a Look at FLEX Curriculum! Get FLEX in Your School
It is a big day at The Art of Education University today, as we announce our newest offering--FLEX Curriculum. AOEU's Director of K-12 Curriculum, Cassidy Reinken, joins Tim to talk all about FLEX. Listen as they discuss how the platform meets and adapts to teachers' needs, and how FLEX helps them plan and deliver the perfect curriculum for their students. Resources and Links Take a Look at FLEX Curriculum! Get FLEX in Your School
Today, Rachel Albert returns to the show to talk to Tim about her favorite art teacher hacks. Listen as they discuss some of her best ideas, favorite projects, and how to make your life easier in the art room. They also dive into the upcoming Art Ed Now conference, where Rachel will be presenting once again. Resources and Links Follow Rachel on Instagram Hacks to Make Your Teaching Life Easier Elementary Art Hacks (PRO Learning Pack) 7 Reasons to Go to a Professional Conference The Art Ed Now 2020 Winter Conference (use AEN2020 at checkout for a $20 discount!)
Today, Caitlyn Thompson (aka Coach T) returns to the show to talk to Tim about everything related to bookbinding. Listen as they discuss her favorite tools, favorite projects, and the best ways to bring bookbinding into your classroom. Caitlyn also gives a quick preview of her upcoming Art Ed Now presentation. Resources and Links Check out some of the artists mentioned by Caitlyn: Erin Fletcher, Dominic Riley, and Colin Urbina Supplies can be found here: Talas Online The North Bennet Street School The Art Ed Now 2020 Winter Conference (use AEN2020 at checkout for a $20 discount!)
The Art Room Glitter Fairy is back! Sarah Krajewski returns to the show to talk to Tim about everything she has been creating and teaching over the past few months, and together they preview the upcoming Art Ed Now Conference. Listen as they discuss mindfulness, painting murals, and how to make PD exciting and worthwhile. Resources and Links The Benefits of a Classroom Mantra 5 Mindful Activities for the Art Room Find Sarah on Instagram Check out the Art Ed Now Conference!
We are finally into the new year, and Tim is going to celebrate with a mailbag episode! Today, he answers questions from listeners on a wide range of topics, starting with New Year's resolutions. The discussion then moves into art history, deep cleaning the art room, and how to start the second semester right. Tim then closes out the show with a thank you for 200 episodes and sharing what inspires people to be better teachers. Resources and Links Goals for the New Year The Art Ed Now Conference The Art of Education University Master's Degree PD Goals for a New Year
In today's episode, Tim askes Amber Kane to come on the show to discuss Fiber Arts and how more teachers can incorporate fibers into their curriculum. Amber has a new PRO Learning Pack out this month, and in this conversation, she shares a few of her best ideas from that pack. Listen as she and Tim discuss why students enjoy learning fiber arts, where to find inspiration, and how simple ideas can transfer into bigger projects. Resources and Links You can see Amber's Advanced Fibers PRO Pack here How to Easily Infuse Fiber Arts Into Your Curriculum 10 Inspiring Fiber Artists You Should Know The Art of Education University's Studio: Fibers course
In this very special episode of Art Ed Radio, Tim is in the Brooklyn studio of artist CJ Hendry. CJ is best known for her hyperrealistic drawings of Pantone color chips, Rorshach blots, luxury items, and her installations that showcase those drawings. During this discussion, she talks with Tim about inspiration and creativity, how we experience art, and the process behind creating her incredible drawings. If you would like to hear even more from CJ, she will be the featured presenter on February 1st at the 2020 Art Ed Now Winter Online Conference. Details can be found at artednow.com. Resources and Links CJ's Instagram can be found here. CJ's website is here. Read her feature in the New York Times. You can see CJ's full-length drawing videos on her YouTube channel. Learn more about the Art Ed Now conference. Women do see color better than men.
The possibilities available with digital art are endless, but it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Tim welcomes Don Masse back to the show to talk about his best lessons and ideas for digital art. Listen as they discuss the best experiments to try with your students, the benefits of working digitally with your students, and the best way to balance digital and traditional work in your curriculum. Resources and Links Episode 009: No More Dead White Guys 8 Ways to Use Digital Drawing in the Art Room 6 Fun Ways to Experiment with Digital Drawing 10 Digital Artists You Should Know
We feel like we need to do everything as art teachers, but the truth is, we can't do it all. And we shouldn't! It is important--especially at this time of year--to take the time to care for yourself. In today's episode, Tim is joined by Elizabeth Peterson from The Inspired Classroom to talk about self-care for the art teacher. Listen as they discuss why we need to take stock of the stress in our life, strategies for self-care, and ideas that work for creative people. Resources and Links The download Elizabeth mentioned can be found here The Inspired Classroom Art Therapy for Art Teachers 8 Things to Do When Teaching Takes a Toll on You Why Your Mental Health is the Most Important Thing
Today's episode takes a look one of AOEU’s newest and most popular graduate courses, Art Therapy for Art Teachers. Shannon Lauffer returns to the show to discuss the new course with Tim. Listen as they cover a variety of topics, including increased awareness of the benefits of art therapy, ideas on how we can help our students, and the importance of social and emotional well-being. Resources and Links Art Therapy for Art Teachers The Power of Art to Heal Trauma Social and Emotional Artistic Learning
As sketchnoting continues to gain popularity in all different types of educational circles, more and more teachers come to their art room to learn our secrets. But in all honesty, is it really a secret that visual thinking can help kids learn? Teacher, author, and sketchnoter extraordinaire Carrie Baughcum joins Tim today to discuss her approach to visual notetaking, helping our kids break down some barriers, and her new book "My Pencil Made Me Do It!"
With AOEU enrolling its 300th student, this week's episode will answer some of the most common questions coming in about the Master's Degree. Tim welcomes the Dean of The Art of Education University, Heather Crockett, and they open up the proverbial mailbag to answer questions from current and prospective students. Resources and Links So You Want to Apply to AOEU How to Fund Your Master's Degree Program How to Create the Best Application Possible Collaborating with Your Academic Advisor
It is Halloween week, and Tim's favorite way to celebrate is by talking about the creepiest artworks he can find from art history! Fellow art history nerd Jenn Russell comes on as they discuss some of the best paintings to show your students for Halloween. Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette, van Gogh The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt The Face of War, Salvador Dali Saturn Devouring his Son, Goya Judith Cutting of the Head of Holofernes, Artemesia Gentileschi Two Fridas, Frida Kahlo Resources and Links Making Art History Meaningful Helping Students Care About Art History 3 Amazing Women from Art History
As Tim continues to bring on new guests and share new ideas, he welcomes Caroline Gardner to talk about what is happening in her classroom. Listen as they discuss shibori fabric dyeing, teaching jewelry techniques to middle schoolers, and a plethora of other ideas. Resources and Links Sculpture Ideas for the Art Room Metal Jewelry Making (Art Ed PRO) A Beginner's Guide to Making Jewelry More Ideas for 3D Pens and Other Materials
It is incredibly difficult to design your classroom in a way that works for all learners. Author and art teacher Liz Byron has tried to do exactly that in her book Art for All: Planning for Variability in the Visual Arts Classroom. Listen as they discuss student variability, customizing instruction, and the best ways to design your classroom for learning and engagement. Resources and Links Order Liz's Book: Art for All: Universal Design for Learning. Learn More About Universal Design for Learning See the artist Liz mentioned, Heather Hansen.
We always love to look for new things to try in our classrooms, and few teachers do it better than Caitlyn Thompson. In today's episode, she joins Tim to talk about some of her amazing lessons, why she thinks of herself as a coach in the art room, and why she is always looking for fresh ideas to explore. Resources and Links Follow Caitlyn on Instagram Here is Caitlyn's Paper Pottery Lesson Plan More about Growth Mindset
As teachers, we understand that social and emotional learning is a vital part of what we do in our art rooms. Dr. Wynita Harmon joins Tim on today's episode to discuss strategies for incorporating more social and emotional learning into your classroom. Listen as they discuss building relationships with our students, the role art teachers play in developing our students' learning, and simple ideas that you can utilize immediately. Resources and Links Dr. Harmon's new PRO Learning Pack is here How to Create a Calm Down Corner The Benefits of an Art Room Mantra A podcast on Social and Emotional Artistic Learning The Power of Art to Heal Trauma
Tim welcomes a new guest to the podcast this week! Stan Dodson, art teacher from Augusta, Georgia, joins Tim to talk about how we can encourage kids to take more chances, experiment, and explore in their drawing. Listen as they discuss their favorite drawing projects, ideas for materials and techniques, and why you need to bring in donuts for your classes soon. Resources and Links Follow Stan on Twitter How to Inspire Students to Use Sketchbooks in a New Way 4 Benefits of Trying New Things in Your Classroom How to Teach Students to Fail Spectacularly
After publishing her popular article last week, Abby sits down with Tim to discuss the best strategies to manage student behavior and keep those behaviors from escalating. Listen as they discuss oppositional defiant disorder, how to stay calm in the face of misbehavior, and why you should be a "second-to-last word teacher." Resources and Links 5 Ways to Avoid Power Struggles and Defiance in the Art Room Why You Shouldn't Care if Your Students Misbehave Learn more about Brian Mendler Abby's Art Ed PRO Learning Pack on Managing Your Classroom
Too many teachers find their budget to be the biggest concern in their classroom. It is a constant struggle when you don't have enough money, there are never enough supplies, and we seem to never have everything that we need to teach the way we want to teach. Listen as Tim gives suggestions for inexpensive sculpture materials, how to build your students' problem-solving skills, and how to get creative to stretch that budget. Resources and Links Art with Coach T's Instagram Matt Young's Ideas for Mixed Media Sculptures Tim's Article on Sculpture Ideas
With so many teachers sitting through professional development of questionable relevance, it's time to look for a better option. Today, Art Ed PRO director Amanda Heyn joins Tim to discuss the best options for better art teacher PD. Listen as they talk about what PD should do for teachers, their favorite learning packs in the PRO library, how to approach your admin about getting PRO for your school. Resources and Links Getting PRO in Your School Check out the Entire PRO Library How to Ask Your Admin to Pay for PRO The Professional K-12 Art Educator Teaching Framework Understanding and Implementing IEPs Surviving Your First Year of High School Art Planning for Substitutes Building Leadership Skills as an Art Teacher How to Use PRO for a PD Day
Jonathan Juravich returns to the show to talk more about how we teach awareness and empathy in the art room. Since his last appearance, Jonathan has given a TED talk and continued to spread the word about the importance of social and emotional learning. Listen as he and Tim discuss what it's like to give a TED talk, how we make the art room a safe space for our kids, and why we need to have purposeful conversations with our kids. Resources and Links You can watch Jonathan's TED Talk here You can take a quick look at Jonathan in his classroom here Follow Jonathan on Twitter A great write-up on Jonathan and his arts advocacy work Take a look at the Masterclass Jonathan is developing on Creative Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning
Are you a teacher that gets things started as soon as the bell rings, or are you willing to take a couple of minutes to converse before beginning instruction? In this episode, Tim argues for the latter, sharing why he thinks it's important to spend more time talking to your kids. Listen as he discusses why you need to get to know your kids, strategies for building connections, and the benefits you will see when kids know you really care about them. Resources and Links Quiz About the Teacher How to Be a Better Teacher This Year How to Plan Your First Day at the High School Level Name Designs to Know More About Your Students
Amanda O'Shaughnessy is an elementary art teacher from Kansas City who does incredible ceramic work with her kids. After her wildly popular Art Ed Now presentation, she comes on the podcast with Tim to share even more of her ideas. Listen as they discuss why she brings advanced ideas to her younger kids, the importance of making connections on Instagram, and her best advice for people to advance their ceramics instruction. Resources and Links Check out Amanda's PRO Pack here Follow Amanda on Instagram Another idea on how to brush up on Ceramics Help your admin get on board with PRO!
There's never a bad time to talk about blowing glass, particularly with the popularity of Netflix's show Blown Away. Today, Tim talks to contestant Momo Schafer about her experience in the glassblowing world and her time on the show. Listen as they discuss Momo's life and artistic career, some behind-the-scenes stories from the show, and ideas for helping your students appreciate what happens in a hot shop. Resources and Links Momo's website can be found here Her Instagram is here Watch Blown Away on Netflix!
The 2019 Summer Art Ed Now conference is in the books, and Tim is here with Lindsey Moss and Abby Schukei break it all down! Listen as they discuss their highlights from the conference, their admiration for Ron Clark, and their a-ha moments and takeaways from the presenters. Resources and Links The Summer Conference Recap is Here The Ron Clark Podcast Interview If you missed this conference, there's always the next one!
Conference week is finally here! With Art Ed Now coming up in just two days, AOEU's Lindsey Moss joins Tim to preview everything coming up on Thursday. They talk about Lindsey's excitement for her upcoming conference presentation, her love of putting together giant packets of information and resources to share with everyone, and the presentations they are most looking forward to this time around. Resources and Links Check out everything about the conference here Artsonia can be found here Nasco can be found here All of Lindsey's articles can be found here
One thing we don't think about often enough, and rarely take the time to reflect on, is how we communicate. Today, AOEU's Amber Kane talks to Tim about the importance of communication and how it can affect collaboration in our classrooms and our schools at large. Listen as they discuss what we need to ask ourselves about communication, how we play to our strengths, and how we take those strengths into our classrooms. Resources and Links Amber's previous podcast appearance The case for more communication More ideas on collaboration Simple communication ideas with your students
As you may have heard, the Everyday Art Room podcast has a new host this week--Nic Hahn! You may know Nic from her Mini Matisse blog, her Instagram, or her many Art Ed Now conference presentations. Today, ahead of her debut episode on Everyday Art Room, she sits down to talk to Tim about her new show, finding her place as an educator, and what she wants to share with art teachers around the world. Resources and Links Check out the Everyday Art Room podcast You can find Nic's blog here Give Nic a follow on Instagram!
Inspired by his time at the AOEU Team Retreat, Tim is here to talk about everything you can do to make the summer meaningful. That may be a little bit of artmaking, a little bit of PD, or a lot of nothing. Listen as he discusses why we need to find time for ourselves, how that helps our students, and why you might just want to visit an arts festival in the summer months. Resources and Links 8 Art Activities for Your Summer To-Do List 10 Ways to Reconnect with Your Inner Artist this Summer 4 Reasons to Do 'Nothing' this Summer 5 Ways to Get Inspired at a Summer Arts Festival
Have you ever talked about tattooing with your students? Would you ever make tattoos part of your curriculum? Today's episode tells you why you may want to consider the idea. Tattoo artist and educator Joseph Swanson joins Tim to discuss why tattoos fit into so much of what we do in the art room, including art history, interpersonal relationships, and social and emotional learning. Resources and Links Art Right Now on Instagram Check out the Art Right Now Podcast Joseph is on Instagram Sullen Clothing
The always-inspiring and always-entertaining Michael Bell is back on the podcast this week! He's had some changes in his professional life, and he's here to talk to Tim about how he's bringing art in his district to a higher level. Listen as they discuss the role of an art supervisor, the incredible new ArtScene show Michael spearheaded, and why Art Ed PRO has been a game changer for his district. Resources and Links Find Art Ed PRO here How to Get PRO in Your School Michael on the News Discussing ArtScene The ArtScene Newsletter
It can be difficult to run successful critiques in your classroom, and find ways to get all your kids involved. But there are so many strategies to ease your kids in to these valuable and engaging learning experiences. Today, Tim is joined by Dr. Lisa Casey to talk about the power of critiques and how to get them started in your classroom. Listen as they discuss strategies for engagement, ideas for all levels of critiques, and how students grow throughout the year through participation and discussion. Resources and Links How to Improve Your Classroom Critiques Why You Need Critiques in Your Curriculum 7 Critiques You Can Use Today Finding Success with Critiques at Every Level (PRO)
Ron Clark--founder of the Ron Clark Academy--joins AOEU's Shannon Lauffer for an interview on this very special episode of Art Ed Radio. Ron shares the story of his life and his career in education, and he is equal parts engaging, hilarious, and inspirational. Listen as he and Shannon discuss his experience teaching in Harlem, the founding of the Ron Clark Academy, his time on the show Survivor, and what it takes to be an incredible teacher. Resources and Links Everything You Need to Know About Art Ed Now The Ron Clark Academy Follow Ron Clark on Instagram Also Follow the Ron Clark Academy
The end of the year is difficult for teachers, and possibly the most difficult part of that is keeping students engaged. In this episode, Jordan DeWilde joins Tim to talk about his ideas to keep students creating meaningful work until they are gone for the summer. Listen as they discuss collaboration, engagement, and the best lessons to help students end the year strong. Resources and Links Keeping Students Engaged Through the End of the Year Jordan's Celebrating Diversity Through Contemporary Art PRO Learning Pack 5 Projects to Engage Students Who Love Sports How to Be an Ally to Your LGBTQ+ Students
If you have worked with the Memory Project any time before, you know what an incredible organization they are and what meaningful opportunities they provide for our students. Today, they are announcing a new program! Listen as Tim talks to Nora Feldman about the Global Art Exchange, including discussion on how the project came about, what they hope to accomplish, and how you can get your students to participate. Resources and Links The Global Art Exchange The Memory Project Website How to Change Lives Around the World with the Memory Project Service Learning Projects to Inspire Your Students
We talk all the time--and hear all the time--about the benefits of collaboration, but how often do we actually follow through? On today's episode, one of AOEU's newest writers, Nick Gehl, talks to Tim about how and why we should approach collaboration with an open mind. Listen as they discuss why consistency is so important when collaborating, who all benefits from collaboration, and why we get better over time. Resources and Links Are Art Competitions Really Worth It? How to Start a Creativity Routine Collaboration With Non-Art Colleagues More About Nick
You have probably seen the Tiny Art Show popping up all over Facebook and Instagram lately--a tiny version of the galleries we know so well, just unique and more accessible. Today, the art teacher behind the Tiny Art Show--McKay Lanker Bayer--comes on the show to talk with Tim about how it got started, how she gets her students involved, and where the Tiny Art Show goes from here. Resources and Links Tiny Art Show on Instagram Tiny Art Show on Facebook Read More About How the Shows are Set Up
Now that we are a few weeks removed from Youth Art Month, it is the perfect time to reflect on what we do to advocate for our kids and our program. Kristy Lopez and Karen Mannino, co-chairs of YAM for the Art Educators of New Jersey, join Tim to talk about why advocacy is so important, how you promote your program, and why we need to tell our story all year long. Resources and Links 10 Advocacy Resources Every Teacher Needs to Know About A Full Month of Advocacy Ideas How to Talk to Your Staff About the Power of Art Follow Kristy and AENJ https://www.instagram.com/aenjyam/
After the fire at Notre-Dame last week, Tim takes some time to reflect today on what the cathedral means to art teachers and why we were so affected by seeing it catch fire. Jenn Russell joins Tim to share her experience of visiting the cathedral, how we process this news as art teachers, and how we broach the subject with our students. Resources and Links How Notre Dame Can Be Rebuilt Scanning Every Inch of the Cathedral A Rundown of the Artifacts Saved and Lost
If you're looking for a simple way to add some excitement and engagement in your art room, this episode is for you! One of AOEU's newest writers, Sarah Krajewski, is here to share about black light art. Listen as she tells Tim about her black light art show, some simple projects that anyone can implement, and why she uses an art room mantra for herself and her kids. Resources and Links Follow Sarah on Instagram Sarah's first article on the AOEU site Sarah's Black Light Art Article
Incorporating encaustic painting into your curriculum can seem daunting. You're probably envisioning tricky processes and costly materials. But you might be surprised to learn how simple it can be. In this episode, Lena Rodriguez joins Tim to dive into one of her favorite mediums, and gives advice on how to get started. Listen as they talk about why kids love encaustic painting, the materials you need to get started, and even a couple lessons for when you first get going. Resources and Links 3 Projects to Introduce Encaustics to Your Students Innovative Ways to Use Up Leftover Paint Lena's Conference Video on Encaustics Made Easy
Abby Schukei makes a quick return to the podcast to discuss her latest article with Tim. They talk about all of her ideas and suggestions for what you need in your classroom to make your life easier. Listen as they cover painting supplies and organization, simple ceramic hacks, and why you need to start spray painting your permanent markers. Resources and Links Abby's Article of Art Room Ideas Awesome Hacks to Use This School Year 10 Storage Ideas for the Art Room Where to Look for New Ideas
On today's episode, after 6 months away, Andrea Slusarski makes her triumphant return! She and Tim talk all things arts integration, which has been Andrea's focus throughout this school year. Listen as they discuss what subjects are easiest to combine with art, strategies to get your staff on board, and why there is still room for art for art's sake. Resources and Links 5 Things to Know About Arts Integration An In-Depth Look at the Power of Arts Integration How to Talk to Your Staff About the Power of Art 8 Art Projects that Incorporate Science
There are always things art teachers love to hate, like bad fonts, mechanical pencils, PD days (especially PD days). But Abby Schukei is here to talk to Tim about why maybe these aren't so bad. They discuss her article that published yesterday about how to focus on the silver lining with those things you don't necessarily love, and why positivity is so important as a teacher. Resources and Links Abby's Article Spreading Positivity Through Sticky Notes Using Art for Positive Means
Reward systems can work for some instances of classroom management. But more often than not, there is a better way. On today's episode, Tim talks to Rachel Albert about how they can move beyond reward systems to more effective strategies for managing their classrooms. Listen as they discuss the benefits of intrinsic motivation, options beyond simple reward systems, and why you should strive for a welcoming community in your classroom. Resources and Links Classroom Management Tips 5 Classroom Management Ideas No Teacher Should be Without Ways to Make Your Classroom Welcoming for All Students Color and Light Survey
As we move through the middle of our most difficult months of teaching, Tim has some thoughts on how to make things easier on yourself. Listen as he talks about how to use advocacy to avoid burnout, making time for yourself and your own artmaking, and why you need to set some goals for the coming months. Resources and Links A Full Month of Simple Advocacy Ideas Curbing Art Teacher Burnout PRO Pack Dealing with Burnout and Exhaustion How to Show Gratitude in a Thankless Environment
In case a new University designation and a new Master's Degree weren't enough, AOEU is launching a new Studio: Photography graduate course on March 1st. Dr. Sarah Ackermann joins Tim to discuss teaching photography, creating your own work both digitally and in the darkroom, and how the new course tries to combine those two concepts into a unique learning experience. Resources and Links The New(!) Studio Photography Course Tim's Article that Sarah Mentioned About Ditching the Darkroom Why We Should Keep Darkroom Photography Alive The Art Ed Radio Digital Photography Episode
With last month's announcement that The Art of Education has become AOEU, there has been a lot of interest in the University and the Master's Degree. AOEU Head of Admissions Shannon Lauffer is here to discuss that interest with Tim, and in this episode they talk about who is applying for the degree, the highs and lows of starting an admissions department, and give a quick rundown of the application process. Resources and Links Master's Degree Information Here is the Interest Form Tim and Shannon discussed See if the Master's Degree works in your state
Still basking in the glow from the Art Ed Now conference, Tim opens up the mailbag to answer all of the questions that have been coming his way. Listen as he shares a behind-the-scenes look at how he prepares for the conference, talks about some of his favorite presenters, and maybe lets you in on a couple secrets for what new things will be coming this summer. Resources and Links Check out the summer conference and get registered The recap episode with Lindsey Moss The write-up from the day of the conference
The 2019 Winter Art Ed Now conference is in the books, and Tim is here with Lindsey Moss break it all down! Listen as they discuss their highlights from the conference, their new love for Paul Topolos and appreciation for Pixar, and their a-ha moments and takeaways from the presenters. Resources and Links The Winter Conference Recap is Here The Paul Topolos Podcast Interview If you missed this conference, there's always the next one!
Conference week is finally here, and after a short chat about the upcoming event, Lena Rodriguez joins Tim for an interview about her presentation that will be happening. They discuss the responsibilities of the artists, how to teach students to find their artistic voice, and how these concepts can combine to help our students speak clearly through their work. Resources and Links Everything You Need to Know About Art Ed Now See Lena's Presentation from Last Winter's Conference Last Week's Conference Preview Episode
Art Ed Now presenter Rachel Albert joins Tim from Toronto to talk about everything related to the conference. They discuss Rachel's upcoming presentation on using Google Classroom in art class, her process of creating her successful presentation, and how to make the most of your conference experience on February 2nd. Resources and Links Everything You Need to Know About Art Ed Now Check Out Google Classroom Reasons to Attend an Art Ed Conference Animation and Storytelling with Featured Presenter Paul Topolos
Animator Paul Topolos is known for his work on films such as The Incredibles, Cars, Toy Story 3, and the Star Wars prequels. He will be the featured presenter at the Art Ed Now Winter Conference on February 2nd, and today he is on Art Ed Radio. Tim visits Paul in his San Francisco home and studio for an enlightening interview on storytelling, artmaking, and inspiration. Resources and Links Take a look at Paul's Website See Paul's IMDB Page An In-Depth Interview with Paul About His Work Everything You Need to Know About Art Ed Now
The Art of Education is now the Art of Education University, and we are proud to be able to offer a Master's Degree in Art Education. But, as always, AOEU is not just about a degree--it is about learning at every stage of your career. Listen as Tim talks to AOEU Founder and CEO Derek Balsley about the new Master's degree being offered, what is developing in the world of higher education, and how The Art of Education University can change the thinking about what a university should be. Resources and Links Introducing The Art of Education University Announcing the New Master's Degree The Journey to AOEU
The Art of Education is now the Art of Education University, and we are proud to be able to offer a Master's Degree in Art Education. Listen as AOEU Founder and President Jessica Balsley discusses the path to becoming a university, why she's so excited to make this announcement, and how this new Master's Degree can work for art teachers everywhere. Full episode transcript below. Resources and Links Introducing The Art of Education University Announcing the New Master's Degree An Entirely New Type of University
In the last episode before the holiday break, Tim invites AOE writer Abby Schukei back on the show to talk about how you can actually use the holidays as an opportunity for advocacy. Listen as they discuss the best projects you can complete before break, new ideas and systems for organization, and ways to make your classroom feel a little bit better when you return from some time off. Resources and Links How to Spread Cheer and Promote Your Art Program A New Way to Check Out Supplies How to Diffuse a Scrooge and Feel Happier This Season Abby's Last Appearance on the Podcast
In this episode, Ryan Loeppky returns to the show to explore more ideas about teaching with Tim (as the two usually do). They talk about how to build student confidence and help kids find their artistic voice. Listen as they discuss skill building, encouraging the creation of original work, and why we need to work alongside kids rather than handing down ideas from above. Resources and Links An Art Room Culture Worth Sharing Continuing to Grow as a Teacher Teaching Strategies to Build Student Confidence How to Help Students Develop a Body of W
Social and emotional learning is a topic that is not discussed enough, and it is important that all art teachers start to see how they can begin connecting their art lessons to social and emotional learning. In this episode, Tim welcomes Elizabeth Peterson from The Inspired Classroom to talk about these topics and many more. Listen as they discuss Arts Integration, caring for and connecting with our kids, and why every teacher needs to always remain open-minded. Resources and Links The Inspired Classroom Website Social Emotional Learning Ideas Social-Emotional Artistic Learning (SEAL) What it Means to be a SEAL Teacher
It's time for Tim to clear out the inbox and answer some listener questions! The post-Thanksgiving mailbag includes discussion on kids stealing artwork, improving the creative process, and how to critique kids without hurting their confidence. And maybe a few words on why a TED talk on flag design may be just the thing your class needs right now. Resources and Links Creativity Exercises for Every Level How to Help Students Uncover Their Creative Process Helping Students Work Within Constraints Roman Mars: The Flag Design TED Talk
Are you looking to improve morale amongst your colleagues and staff? Why not paint your staff bathrooms? It may sound like an idea that's a little bit out there, but AOE Writer and Instructor Debi West will convince you it's the way to go! Listen as she talks to Tim about the inspiration behind the idea, how she works with her kids to advocate for her program, and what she is thankful for as an art teacher. Resources and Links How to Build Staff Morale One Bathroom Makeover at a Time How to Make Art a Valued Part of Your Community All of Debi's AOE Articles One of Debi's Previous Art Ed Radio Appearances
Megan Dehner has done videos and PRO packs for AOE, and now she is a part of the writing team. In this episode, Tim brings Megan on to introduce herself, talk about her upcoming writing, and most importantly, her best strategies for teaching English Language Learners. Resources and Links Strategies for English Language Learners (PRO Pack) Help Your ELL Students with These Simple Steps All of Megan's Articles
Author and Illustrator Lori Richmond joins Tim today to talk about running, creativity, and art. Lori's acclaimed "View From My Run" series illustrates the scenes that she passes as she trains for the New York City Marathon. She is also a children's book author and illustrator, and she and Tim talk today about running marathons, finding time to be creative, and how we can help students appreciate the artmaking process. Resources and Links Lori's View From My Run Series See Lori on Instagram More About Lori and Her Work
If you are looking for a good way to add something to your ceramics teaching, you need to check out colored clay! In this episode, Abby Schukei invites Tim into her classroom to explore the idea of colored clay and how it can be used in your classroom. Listen as they discuss the process of creating colored clay, how much your students can do during the process, and some of the best lessons and ideas to bring more color into your ceramics. Resources and Links The Art of Dean McCrain Color in Clay Facebook Group AOE's Studio: Ceramics Course Forest Ceramic Company (Instagram)
Art Class Curator podcast host Cindy Ingram is doing a podcast swap with Tim this week! She is a guest on Art Ed Radio today, and he is a guest on the Art Class Curator podcast as well. In this episode, they discuss teaching art history, why emotion plays such a big role in Cindy's passion for art history, and give some strategies on how to better teach art history in your own classroom. Resources and Links The Art Class Curator Website All of Cindy's Podcasts Art History Ideas on AOE Tim's Favorite Art History Podcast Episode
AOE Senior Editor Amanda Heyn joins Tim to talk about why art teachers have the best Halloween costumes out there! Listen as they discuss the best art-inspired costumes they've seen (and made), new ideas for costumes with your family or significant other, and possibilities for the procrastinators who haven't yet thought of a costume idea! Resources and Links The AOE Frida Costume Tutorial Art History Inspired Halloween Costumes 25 Ideas for Art Costumes 12 Costumes to Make You the Art Star
In today's episode, Tim and Abby tackle the topic of career education, and what the role of art can be when it comes to career and technical ed. Listen as they discuss whether CTE helps or hurts the art room (maybe both?), how to embrace CTE and use it as an advocacy tool, and how art can lead the way when it comes to teaching skills for the future. Resources and Links What is Career and Technical Education? Why Career and Technical Education Lighting a Fire: Why Art Education is the Key to Innovation Is There One 'Right' Way to Teach Art?
Having a positive, collaborative relationship with your paraprofessionals is vital. But how do you establish and continue that type of relationship? In this episode, Shannon Lauffer joins Tim to share some of her best ideas about working with paraprofessionals in your art room. Listen as they discuss the importance of communicating your routines and procedures, making sure you are providing the right amount of support, and how to handle any conflicts that may arise. Resources and Links Everything You Need to Know About Inclusive Education 3 Ways to Better Work with Teaching Aides Resources to Help You Meet the Needs of All Students Making Accommodations for All Students
Author Susan Verde has published a new book called "Hey, Wall", and she joins Tim to talk about all things writing and art. Listen as they discuss Susan's previous books, her inspiration and writing process, and how she just can't seem to stop being teamed up with Peter Reynolds. Resources and Links Susan Verde's Website and Books Susan's Instagram Find Out More About "Hey, Wall" 5 Questions with Susan Verde
No matter where we are in life, or what we have accomplished, it always seems like we are looking for something more. How do we appreciate what we have at this moment? AOE Founder and President Jessica Balsley joins Tim to discuss the seasons of your life, the myth of the work-life balance, and how one bad day can't define you as a person or a teacher. Resources and Links Talking Passion and Creativity with Jessica Balsley Continuing to Learn in Every Season of Your Life Finding Your Sweet Spot at Home and Work
If you aren't already familiar with The Memory Project, this episode will be the perfect introduction. The founder of The Memory Project, Ben Schumaker, joins Tim to discuss how art students and artists are making portraits for children in need all around the world. Listen as they discuss the history of the project, how two donors are making big things happen, and what you can do to get your students involved. Resources and Links The Memory Project Specifics on Funding Tim's Article About (and Experience with) The Memory Project More Information About The Memory Project
So often, we talk about finding the right PD, and even more often, we talk about the lack of good PD for art teachers. In this episode, Tim and Andrew talk about what it looks like when you have worthwhile professional development available (4:15), how a focused topic can help you throughout the year (10:00), and the importance of finding teachers who share your passion (15:15). Resources and Links Being a Lifelong Learner A Rundown of AOE's Professional Development Opportunities Looking Beyond Art Ed for Meaningful PD
The beginning of the school year is a great time for inspiration, and who better to inspire your students than some amazing artists? Tim and Abby get together to discuss some of their favorite topics and artists that inspire students, why positivity is so important, and how to take artists' ideas and make them work for your own classroom. Resources and Links Tim and Andrew's Podcast on Their Favorite Contemporary Artists 18 Contemporary Artists Your Students Will Love Kristin Farr Tom Friedman CJ Hendry Bridget Riley Tara Donovan Remedios Va
Shannon Lauffer is back! In her last appearance on Art Ed Radio, talking about differentiation, she mentioned the use of student interest inventories. This time around, Shannon and Tim dive deep on how and why we should be using interest inventories, including discussions on what you need to know about your students, how inventories can help with idea generation, and how to create an inventory specific to your own classes. Resources and Links Shannon's Last Appearance on Art Ed Radio Using Student Feedback to Improve Your Classes How to Use Student Surveys for Mindful Teaching 3 Essential Downloads for the First Days of School
For the first time ever, Tim is flying solo on this podcast! That's because it's the start of a new school year, and he has a LOT to say. Listen as he gives his 5 most important ideas for improving how you start your school year, including why you need to ditch your syllabus, why you need to let your personality shine through, and how to get conversations going with your kids in the first few days of school. Resources and Links How to Plan Your First Day at the High School Level Fun Games and Ideas for the First Day Debi West's Name Design Lesson A Quiz About the Teacher
The 2018 Summer Art Ed Now conference is in the books, and Tim is here with Lindsey Moss and Abby Schukei to break it all down! Listen as they discuss their highlights from the conference (0:45), the highlights from social media (4:30), and their a-ha moments and takeaways from the presenters (7:00). Full episode transcript below. Resources and Links The Summer Conference Recap is Here The Jen Stark Podcast Interview The Article that Introduced Jen Stark
With the Art Ed Now conference just two days away, Tim and Abby get together to discuss the upcoming excitement. Listen as they discuss how amazing Jen Stark is in person (3:45), what it's like to go on the road to AOE headquarters (9:15), and advice for everyone planning on attending the conference (15:30). Resources and Links Art Ed Now Summer Schedule More about Jen Stark Abby's Podcast with Jen All the Information You Need About Art Ed Now
AOE Instructor Shannon Lauffer talks to Tim to talk about all things differentiation, including her upcoming presentation at the Art Ed Now Conference. Join them as they discuss the difference between equal and equitable, differentiating for content, process and product, and the best strategies for adapting IEPs and 504 plans for the art room. Resources and Links Resources to Help You Meet the Needs of All Students Making Accommodations for All Students How to Use Choice Boards to Differentiate Learning Finding Success Teaching Every Student
After her last appearance talking about why we should be our authentic selves, Andrea Slusarski is back to chat with Tim about developing student confidence. Listen as they discuss how authenticity can lead to more student confidence, why positivity is so important, and why we should validate our students and their opinions. Resources and Links Andrea's Previous Podcast Appearance (Authenticity) How to Keep Your Kids Coming Back The Benefits of Sharing Work with Students