/r/ArtEd

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🎨 A community for Art Teachers to share lessons, strategies, student artwork, seek advice, and support each other in the field of Art Education! 😃 Let’s make Reddit more colorful!

🎨 A community for Art Teachers to share lessons, strategies, student artwork, seek advice, and support each other in the field of Art Education! 😃 Let’s make Reddit more colorful!

———————————————— The Reddit Education Network:

  • /r/Education: A place to discuss the news and politics of education.

  • /r/AdultEducation: A place for adult educators to discuss tips and tricks to engaging an adult audience.

  • /r/ArtEd: A place for art educators to discuss the importance of art education and to share and collaborate on resources.

  • /r/CSEducation: A place for computer science educators and education researchers.

  • /r/ECEProfessionals: A place for early childhood educators to learn, grow, and contribute as professionals.

  • /r/ELATeachers: A place for English teachers to share ideas and lessons and to brainstorm and collaborate on new curriculum.

  • /r/HigherEducation: A place to discuss and share articles related to higher education.

  • /r/HistoryTeachers: A place to discuss and share resources for history educators.

  • /r/ScienceTeachers: A place for science educators to collaborate on and contribute tips, ideas, labs, and curricula.

  • /r/slp: Speech-Language Pathology

  • /r/SpecialEd: Where special education teachers can discuss and share resources related to the education of students with special needs.

  • /r/Teachers: A place to discuss the practice of teaching, receive support from fellow teachers, and gain insight into the teaching profession.

  • /r/TeachingResources: A great place to share and discover teaching resources, such as demos, blogs, simulations, and visual aids.


/r/ArtEd

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Preschool Art Teacher?

I just finished my second year as a gen Ed preschool teacher (public) in a state with pretty poor funding and minimal art teachers (only high schools are guaranteed an art teacher, most elementary schools have no art teacher or share one with a bunch of other schools). I’m moving to a much wealthier area in a different state soon, which thankfully means funding for art teachers. I minored in art education and am hoping to make the switch to elementary art eventually. I applied for a job listing for a preschool art teacher (public district). The description was clearly the generic art teacher description for all grades, and didn’t give much info.

Does anyone have experience or know of what a preschool art teacher entails? I’m assuming I wouldn’t have my own classroom and obviously would gear lessons to the abilities of preschoolers.

2 Comments
2024/06/28
17:44 UTC

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Classroom management

Alt path hire, older first year teacher. I'll be taking classes concurrent to employment but I'd like to have some knowledge about situations I have some specific questions about.

Shoes in the classroom - some kids like to strip shoes and socks. Is it appropriate to ask for the shoes remain on? An art room doesn't feel like a shoes off experience with a 30 minute class window, but i asked about this elsewhere and got a bit of a dressing down about not allowing shoes off in a classroom.

This is a genuine place of curiosity, I wondered if I was being old fashioned and if I need to update my perspective here.

19 Comments
2024/06/28
14:21 UTC

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Standards Question

Hi! I guess this is specifically for the New York Standards for Visual Arts.

When putting the standards, do I put the artistic process like Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work, the anchor standards like Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work, or something as specific as VA:Cr1.1.K "engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials" for a lesson plan?

Thanks for the help!

4 Comments
2024/06/27
20:41 UTC

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Sculpture Picture Books?

Please delete this if it’s not allowed. I’m just not sure where/who to ask.

I’m looking for picture books about sculptures that would be appropriate (not scary) for a 5yo. He likes to study the statues in them and then recreate them with toys, playdoh, or items he picks out at the craft store.

Does anyone have any book recs? I want to get him a birthday gift that he’ll be excited about.

A little bit about my buddy:

In my spare time I babysit a soon to be 5yo with ASD whose special interest is sculpture. Over the past year and a half we’ve cycled through phases focused on sphinxes, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and local statues. His favorite place is the sculpture garden and he can spend hours examining each one. He refers to splash pads as statue water parks. His favorite Christmas gift was a Statue of Liberty costume. His mind was totally blown when he visited an art museum and saw “outside statues” inside. On rainy days he settles for checking out the “dress up statues” (mannequins) at target and the mall.

4 Comments
2024/06/27
04:53 UTC

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Pressure todo murals

When ever I have new admin at my school they have tried to ask me todo art murals in the sides of different buildings over the summer, when I ask how much are they going to pay me and what’s my supply budget it usually goes silent. Once they pushed the old “but it’ll be good exposure for you” line.

I also have another non art teacher at my school for the better part of a decade bring this stuff up to me and always trying to get free art work or labor from me and pushes that I should paint a mural for the school as well. It seems every year or two I have to remind them that I would need be paid todo something and that asking me todo 5-20 hours of work for free is insulting.

I might have PTSD from when doing commissions in my teens and early adulthood and trying to be involved in the industry the amount of people trying to scam me or get one out on me. I mean, I know my worth, and I don’t do work for free unless there’s some other benefit for me. I don’t need exposure. I can’t pay rent in exposure. I mean, ask a Math teacher to teach for free for two weeks and they’ll give you the finger.

Am I being unreasonable? Has this actually helped anybody who’s done something like this? What has been your experiences?

11 Comments
2024/06/26
20:47 UTC

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first year teacher

I just got my first art education position! (yay!) I’m gonna be teaching middle school art, and I wanted to ask for anything that could help me! From classroom decor that’s affordable, lesson plans ideas, etc, anything would help! thank you so so much!

15 Comments
2024/06/25
23:44 UTC

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First year (clueless)

Hello I just got hired as a first year elementary art teacher and maybe i’m just clueless due to being a newbie but … am i supposed to be starting lesson planning or setting up my classroom i know i can’t go to my classroom till july but i feel like im supposed to be starting stuff for my classroom and i have no idea what i need to start on asap because i haven’t done my trainings with district yet help

10 Comments
2024/06/25
01:21 UTC

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Any Art Therapy teachers for public schools here?

(30F) I have a BFA and am starting a Masters in Art Education in the fall. I interviewed for a k-6 Art Therapy position at a public school near my university. Principal said she was moving forward with my application and would be contacting my references after we finished interviewing.

She said most classes are 8-10 special needs students (autism, behavioral struggles, etc). I would teach one or two gen ed classes as well. I'm pretty interested, but over all a bit unsure about what to expect as this would be my first year teaching.

Has anyone else taught public school art therapy? What was it like?

7 Comments
2024/06/24
21:52 UTC

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Art Ed License Renewal Q

I've asked before, but hoping for more information. I need to work towards renewing my art ed license online. It is through DC so there is no information other than vague ideas as to what qualifies. I refuse to take that praxis test again lol. Any good college courses that are online that are about anything art? Anyone try Sothesby?

3 Comments
2024/06/24
09:21 UTC

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facilitated a team building activity, the goal was to craft an egg carrier to protect it from it’s fall!

far left group hated it hahaha

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2024/06/24
03:01 UTC

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Praxis score review..

Hi! Has anyone taken the Art content and analysis praxis and barely failed by around 2 points and then paid for the score review? What was the outcome? Should I just retake the test? I failed by only 2 points :(

0 Comments
2024/06/24
02:32 UTC

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thinking of this profession …

hi all, 24f here in TN ooking for a possible career change. I graduated with my bachelors in Journalism, and been working in the marketing world for the last year or so. I’ve been feeling unmotivated and unconnected in this industry, and am thinking of becoming an art teacher? I’m trying to avoid getting my Masters right now (I’m debt free and want to stay that way) but I love art personally and have a strong passion to teach kids and empower them through art and self expression, some of my fondest moments in school were in art class!

My main concern is that I’m naive to the reality of teaching, I’m unprepared, and maybe it’s just too late for me? I applied to an opening at a private school on a whim, and fully know I am probably unqualified beyond my natural passions for art and teaching.

I’ve seen some very mixed sentiments, but also can’t help that I’m feeling called to do something more with my life than marketing.

I would love any and all opinions! Thank you!

10 Comments
2024/06/24
02:08 UTC

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Crayola Markers and plastic woes

Hi!

I’m trying to figure out how to cut back on plastic as much as possible in life, even in my art room. I’d like to phase out crayola markers (I’m at the elementary level), but it’s taking me a little while to work through my stash. I put markers, crayons, and pencils at each table in organized bins. (I’d eventually like to also phase out traditional crayons and switch to beeswax ones which are biodegradable - but I can only do one battle at a time. It also doesn’t help that people keep giving me crayons.)

Anyway, I have two questions . . .

  1. What could I use in place of markers? With a very small budget. I’m not interested in colored pencils - wayyy too much work to keep sharp for all my classes. I don’t really have time to switch out the table bins between classes either.

  2. How do you organize your markers so they last as long as possible? I am strict about keeping caps on. I heard some teachers keep them in cups upside down, and I tried it but didn’t really notice a difference in longevity. I already tried the thing where you soak the tip and leave it overnight and also didn’t notice a difference. Maybe I am doing these things wrong?? Or markers just don’t last long when you have 300 students . . . . !?!

If anyone cares, I am using a PVC pipe cutter to make the dried out marker tubes into beads for my jewelry unit. It’s really not as hard as I thought to do this!

Thanks for any input!!!

10 Comments
2024/06/24
01:28 UTC

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Art Praxis Next Week and Terrified

I need to pass the art praxis the keep the job that I was offered for the fall and I’m feeling incredibly nervous. I have been studying for weeks but when I take the practice tests I find in the internet I’m still getting around 69%. I’m especially worried about the written part because I have no idea what to expect. I’ve been using the Stufy.com prep- my highest score there is a 85% but I feel like I know those questions and they aren’t necessarily on the test. The scoring of the test is off as well. It’s converted to a 100-200 scale and from what I’ve read it sounds like I’d past with a 65% once it’s converted which is odd. I don’t know any advice and input is much appreciated :)

4 Comments
2024/06/23
18:27 UTC

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8th Grade Mural

I'm a 2nd year (going on 3rd -happy summer!) 6-8 art teacher. I had the pleasure of getting to teach an honors class this time around.

This is my first post here, I hope I can learn from all of you!

3 Comments
2024/06/23
18:09 UTC

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Exquisite corpse

Discmaimer: new, alt-path elem art teacher, 30 minute classes, small room, no sink.

I'd like to occasionally do exquisite corpse as an art game option. Two questions: are elems capable of exquisite corpse? Is the name problematic?

10 Comments
2024/06/23
16:34 UTC

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What does your class schedule look like?

Hey all!

As a new art teacher, I'm curious about how you all schedule your classes and structure your lessons. Do you have a specific routine or theme for each day of the week? How do you balance different types of projects and skill-building activities? Any tips for keeping things organized and engaging for your students?

3 Comments
2024/06/23
15:28 UTC

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Favorite projects?

I'm doing my final practicum in the fall teaching grade 7 (AP) and general art as well as grade 9 visual communications. I would love to hear your favorite projects for my planning! My mentor is hoping for some fresh ideas, but they have taught for quite a few years..

Any ideas or projects / references would be so helpful to my planning!

I should mention that my mentor has an appreciation for technical skills and not "feeling, emotional, modern..." art

2 Comments
2024/06/23
02:55 UTC

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TExES Art Ec-12 Help

Hello art educators!

I'm studying for the TExES Art EC-12 exam and need some help in finding more information on:

instructional strategies for art teachers
lesson planning and curriculum

I have the Mometrix study guide and have access to the Certify Teacher study mode but I notice that they don't contain much information about art education.

I got my BFA in Studio Art so I did not get education on teaching but I'm taking the steps to become a certified teacher!

Any textbooks, guides or video recommendations? I would really love to learn more for the exam and for myself

Thank you so much for the replies so far! I'll do my best! :)

5 Comments
2024/06/22
19:49 UTC

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For Pennsylvania, does the Art Praxis (5134) include essay questions? I've read some states include an essay question while others do not.

2 Comments
2024/06/21
15:12 UTC

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Already asked to paint a mural

Looking for advice with doing the art person and admin dance. I've been hired as an alt-path teacher. The pay before licensing is hourly and less than our local taco bell (genuinely, taco bell hires at 18.50/hr, I'm being paid around the 17/hr mark). My husband works an extremely well paying job so the low pay doesn't affect my personal finances, but I did laugh outloud when they called with the offer. I'm considering it formalized volunteer work at this point.

I stopped in monday to submit my final fingerprinting paperwork and get my ID done. Principal was so excited for the new outdoor classroom- it's a neat space available for our classroom teachers to have guest speaker demonstrations or ceremonies like kindie grad. Mrs principal won a grant to have it installed in a natural amphitheater-ish shaped area next to the school. However, the school interior and exterior has been millennial-grayed into oblivion and to one side of the amphitheater area is a very depressing and large millennial gray/prison cinderblock wall.

I was led into the space and asked in a very excited tone if I'd paint a mural. Sigh. It's just felt very "oh art monkey, dance for me, lol no we don't pay enough for you to afford groceries silly." On another hand it could be a professional benefit to provide this service so I don't want to squander an opportunity.

So, fellow art teachers, you've been doing this much longer than I have and I need advice- should I do the monkey dance and paint a large customized piece for nearly free?

29 Comments
2024/06/20
15:59 UTC

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elementary art

Hello i am new this year and will be having pk-4th with 50 minute classes and was wondering what has been the best way for you all to show lessons is it better to demonstrate using projector or pre record yourself then go around the room and and assist while watching … this is more catered towards the littles who usually struggle following along any tips ???

9 Comments
2024/06/20
03:41 UTC

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Praxis 5511 and 5134

Hi everyone! Currently working on my masters in Art Ed K-12, and I have to take both Praxis exams 5511 and 5134 this summer. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to space these tests out? Should I knock them all out in one go or leave time in between them? I have classes all summer as well and have 1 week off in August.

3 Comments
2024/06/19
20:34 UTC

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Elementary teachers- advice?

I’ve only just finished my first official year and it was at a middle school, when I student taught and did my field work (3 different semesters over a year) they were also at middle schools because I was sure I only really wanted to teach at that level. Unfortunately, it’s looking like I’ll need to be picking up an elementary position but I’ve never even been in an elementary classroom outside of as a student.

I’m sure there’s some of you that have taught multiple levels or taught both elementary and middle so what are yalls opinions on going from middle to elementary?

Are there any things I should think about/be aware of in moving down? And would yall mind sharing the difficulties in teaching elementary?

4 Comments
2024/06/19
13:51 UTC

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Summer Art Jobs

Hey all, art teacher here. Looking for part time summer work, preferably remote (I know, but I have a toddler at home). Thinking about things like Artsonia, Display My Art, Art of Ed, etc. I can do prep work or customer service or writing for them a few mornings or afternoons each week. Any leads?

1 Comment
2024/06/19
13:42 UTC

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Any advice for a first year art teacher?

I got my first teaching job to teach elementary art. I have not seen the classroom yet. What are some good first project ideas, things I need in the classroom, what type of decorations? I’m super excited to teach my favorite grade and subject!!!

17 Comments
2024/06/19
01:38 UTC

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Online Masters for International Teachers

Hi! May I ask if anyone here has tried pursuing an online Art ed master's degree from a US university but does not reside in the US? Can you share your experience? TYIA!

0 Comments
2024/06/18
05:24 UTC

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thinking of entering the field

Hello! I’m a 26 year old woman with a BFA, I have worked design and fabrication jobs since graduating in 2019. I was wondering if any of you had experience going back to get your teachers certification, what route of education did you go? I’m currently seeing you can get a post-baccalaureate certification, or do a masters. I’m unsure which is the better option. I live in Pennsylvania, I’m unsure of the requirements or what would make me more qualified. Please let me know your input. I would love to teach, and I’d like to be the best I can, so any advice on the correct first steps is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

11 Comments
2024/06/18
03:56 UTC

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Is it possible to be a teacher and neurodivergent?

I just found out that I possibly have adhd or autism… I have to get further testing but I’m for sure ND. It makes so much sense why I struggled so much… I blank out, I’m forgetful…. List goes on…. Should I take some time to understand myself and my LD before teaching another year…

47 Comments
2024/06/17
23:49 UTC

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