When I first started writing my ‘Teach Kids Art’ blog back in 2008, I had no idea that blogging would become such a big thing! I started my blog as a way to share what I’d learned about teaching art to kids, with the hope that more kids would get to experience art as a result. At the time, I only knew of one other art teacher with a blog: Kathy at ‘Art Projects for Kids’. Not long after that, I discovered ‘Deep Space Sparkle’, and felt like I’d hit the inspiration jackpot with all the great ideas these two amazing teachers were sharing!
Who would have guessed that today there would be thousands of art teachers from all over the world sharing their expertise with others online?! But with so many great blogs out there, you can’t possibly keep up with them all, making it easy to miss something really good.
To remedy that, ‘The Art of Education’ (a multi-faceted art ed resource) will be showcasing the best of the best, with their 4th annual ‘Art Ed Blog of the Year’ contest. This year, they’re dividing nominations into four categories: ‘Best Elementary Art Ed Blog’, ‘Best Secondary Art Ed Blog’, ‘Rising Star Art Ed Blog’, and ‘Best Wild Card Blog’. Anyone can nominate their favorite blogs, so when the finalists are announced on January 18th you’re sure to be seeing the cream of the crop!
My new favorite art ed blog?? It’s ‘The Art Curator for Kids’, which began in 2014, so I nominated it in the ‘Rising Star’ category. Besides being totally colorful and fun, here’s what I love about this blog…. it focuses on art history and art appreciation, a refreshingly different approach from most other art teacher blogs out there. It fills such an obvious need that my reaction when I first discovered it was, “Why didn’t I think of that??!! ;)
I also love the passion that the author, Cindy (a former museum educator and art teacher), has for art history, and that she goes beyond just showing the well known ‘famous artists’ that we all expect to see. Every art teacher could benefit from following this blog, a place to find inspiration for sharing a wider variety of art than we otherwise might, and to continue our own art history education at the same time.
I hope you’ll enjoy this fun and informative new site as much as I do, and that you’ll cast your vote for ‘The Art Curator for Kids’! But just in case it isn’t chosen as one of AOE’s finalists, I wanted to make sure all of my readers knew about it! So, be sure to check out ‘The Art Curator for Kids’, and while you’re there sign up for her email newsletter to get a pack of free printable art worksheets!
There’s still time to nominate your own favorite art ed blog…. nominations are open now through January 15th. Voting takes place January 18th through January 23rd, with winners announced on January 25th – when you’ll be sure to discover some great new blogs to inspire your teaching!