Welcome to The ART of Education, a professional space dedicated to advancing the field of Art Education.  My name is Jessica Balsley, I teach K-5 Art and am a leader in my district as the coordinator and facilitator of the art department.  I teach a variety of graduate courses on effective teamwork and leadership.  With this unique background and perspective in art, education and leadership, AOE provides a well rounded perspective on the manny facets of this profession. Two passions of mine, art education and leadership come together in my career.  I am passionate that art educators need quality professional development, and I hope to provide that through this online community.

AOE is unique because it’s not your average art education blog.  This space offers you a unique perspective on the field of art education.  Whether you are an art teacher, general education teacher or parent, AOE is for you.

  • Do you care about fostering creative and life skills in our youth?
  • Do you believe in inspirational leadership and positive attitudes?
  • Is finding and fostering your passion something you aspire to do?
  • Are you looking to stay organized and manage your time effectively at home and at work?
  • Do you want to stay current with what is going on in the field of education and art education?
  • Do you think kids can learn other subjects best through art?
  • Are you looking for ideas you can implement right away to see a difference?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then ART of Education is for you. The ART of Education Blog supports positive, can do attitudes. Creative teachers can find solutions to any problem.  Together we will advance the field of Art Education, one clogged glue bottle at a time!

Feel free to contact me wtih questions, comments and opportuntites! I can’t wait to connect with you- Together we are stronger!


23 Responses to “About”

  1. Derek June 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m your biggest fan, great job!

    • Michelle Hoile July 6, 2010 at 7:16 am #

      Wow, this is amazing Jessica! Way to go!

  2. elizabeth delacruz July 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    nice site, congrats!
    lookin’ forward to seeing your evolving ideas.

  3. erica August 9, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    excellent blog! I love your posters. I will be checking back often. if you have time stop over at http://www.artprojectgirl.blogspot.com. Keep up the awesome blogging.

  4. Lydia Tang August 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Hello Ms. Jessica Balsley,

    My name is Lydia Tang and I am an intern at DoSomething.org. If you haven’t heard of us, we are a non-profit group that encourages the youth who are under 25 years of age to take action and volunteer in their communities.

    Our most recent campaign, the Make Art. Save Art. , is a collaboration with Hewlett-Packard about the importance of art education. It would be awesome if you could suggest the campaign to your students. (I saw your art blog.) The Make Art. Save Art. contest asks youth to create and submit PC wallpapers for a chance to win a grand prize of $5000 and 5 HP Pavilion dv6z laptops for their school art program.

    If you have any questions at all, just e-mail our Director of Media & Talent Relations, Megan Anhalt at manhalt@dosomething.org.

    Thank you!

    Lydia Tang

  5. Anna September 8, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I am a K-4 art teacher — how did you make this website? Which program? I LOVE it, thank you!

    • Jessica Balsley September 9, 2010 at 7:58 am #


      I use WordPress, a blogging site. The template was there for me, but in my *limited* programing capabilities I have made some tweaks to customize the template. Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Nic Hahn December 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Jessica- I just got your sweet message on my blog. I went to check to see which blog was yours. Now that I know this is your blog the message just became more meaningful! Your blog is amazing too! I keep a close eye on it and check it when you post something new. Thanks for all that you share!

  7. Jen December 30, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    What a great site! I have been wanting to update my site and I am truly inspired by yours! I am so glad you found my Blog which led me to yours as well! Ooh loove the clogged glue bottle comment! =)

    • Jessica Balsley January 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, I can’t wait to see how yours evolves! Keep in touch.

      • Morgan February 2, 2011 at 10:02 am #

        hello Jessica,
        I really enjoy your blog and helpful tips for the art room! I teach middle school art and just started blogging…any tips for posting and getting my blog a little positive attention? Thanks!

  8. Kimberly February 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    What a cool site! I home school my 2 children and am… how do I say this… Art-phobic! I am a math-science kinda girl! I am finding some Art- inspiration on your blog! Thanks!

    • Jessica Balsley February 5, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      Great! I am happy to help. I am math – fobic, couldn’t we design some fabulous interdisciplinary lessons putting our right and left brains together?

  9. Keri Pye (Texas Art Teacher) February 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi! Thank you for commenting on my blog–sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.
    I can remember where I got my disclosure statement but it was a form letter that I saw on someone else’s blog site. If I can find it, I’ll send it to you.
    I’m always teaching my students about plaigirism (sp?) and not stealing other’s work….so a disclosure statement seemed like a good idea.
    I look forward to keeping in touch! Your website is awsome!

  10. Scott March 27, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Very nice site! I hope to find some ideas about teaching art to my new little girl! Right now, the best I could do is stick-figures!

  11. Megan April 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Jess,
    I just ran across your blog and I love it. I am excited that you are an Iowa art educator as I am too! Keep up the good work and hope to get to talk to you in person at the next conference.

    • Jessica Balsley May 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      Megan- Look for me at the Fall Iowa Art Educator’s Conference- I’ll be the lady that is 9 month’s pregnant and 5’2″- You won’t be able to miss me!:)

  12. pinkmumu April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Hey I absolutely love your blog! I am just out of school for my masters in Art Ed so I have only been working part time until now but check out some of my projects if you have time! emmastevenson.wordpress.com

  13. Carol Frueh June 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    When I print from your blog, your type is grey and barely legible. It looks great on the computer monitor as grey but would be better if it was black. I want to share the professional development info with my principal and I will have to copy and paste it, make it black and then print. You should try printing a page and you’ll see what I mean.

    Thanks for the great blog.

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