Blogs That Promote Unconventional Discussion

SchoolArtsWe were thrilled to see The Teaching Palette as a featured blog in the May/June issue of SchoolArts Magazine!  If you missed the article, “Building Your Personal Learning Network, Part 2,” by Craig Roland, you can read it here.

Like an artist that visits a museum for inspiration, we visit blogs to challenge our teaching and thought process.  Put simply, a blog is like a living website; it continually digests and shares information.  Considering our forum, we thought it might be appropriate to add to the SchoolArts list of blog resources:

There are some amazing art classroom blogs certainly worth exploring out there, so please list yours or any you follow in the comments area below!

Art Education Resource blogs:

Art Inspiring Blogs:

  • Esty – that place where artists sell their stuff has a “Handmade Blog” too.  Great inspiration for art projects.
  • Inspiration in Imagery.
  • Hongkiat Great for digital media and Photoshop users.
  • Museum 2.0 The name says it all.
  • WebUrbanist Great alternative art and architecture.

General Education blogs:  (because we are all in this education thing together)

Blogs are most useful when you are notified that new information has posted; either through RSS feed or via email.  Keep up with new postings on The Teaching Palette by clicking here.

Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee

The founders and primary authors of this blog are Hillary Andrlik and Theresa McGee, who both teach elementary art in the Chicagoland area. Hillary has been teaching art since 2002, received her art education degree from Illinois State University and masters from National Louis University. Theresa has been teaching since 1997 and received her bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University and masters from Benedictine University. In 2008, Theresa became a National Board Certified Teacher. Both Hillary and Theresa have earned the honor of being Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Together, Hillary and Theresa have presented at Illinois Art Education Association Conference on topics ranging from classroom management to technology and each have presented on numerous other occasions for other organizations.


  • May 8, 2009


    Thanks for this list. I am forwarding it to the teachers in my department.

  • May 8, 2009


    LearningIT thanks you for the plug.
    Keep up the good work here as well.
    Will definately check out the other blogs you have mentioned.
    Thanks again,

  • May 8, 2009

    Richard Byrne

    Thank you for including Free Technology for Teachers in your list. I hope your readers find it to be useful.


  • May 9, 2009

    Joe Corbett

    Awesome list breaking it down into groups was very helpful! Thanks!

  • May 10, 2009


    A fellow blogger sent me your link – I’m so glad he did! Great site, and a great list on that post! I’m experimenting with my art students using an art class blog to communicate and respond about each other’s artwork. I wish I’d seen that list a few months ago when I was starting out – it’s been a lot of work but I think worthwhile!

    I also have my own professional web log ( which, among other things, does speak to my work implementing technology into the art program at the high school where I work. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

  • May 23, 2009

    Ms. Gaub

    thanks for listing me… I guess I had better do some updating! But the school year just seems to be too busy for updates!
    ?The Virtual Classroom Inspiring resource for K-12 art education
    ?ArtTechTivity Art and Technology: Joined at the hip.


  • January 2, 2010


    I really enjoyed reading this article, keep up creating such exciting stuff.

  • August 12, 2010

    Minnesota Rocks!

    Thank you for the list of useful blogs for integrating arts into the classroom! I can’t wait to do even more with the arts with my first graders!

  • October 8, 2010


    I am an art lover and you blog showed me the way to some of the best read regarding arts… at school they have strategies in teaching arts and maybe I can show this blog to may art teacher for some ideas. I love it. Thank you!

  • November 14, 2010

    Carrie Caudle

    Hi there,
    Great blog–and list of resources!
    I just wanted to add mine to the group–integrating improvisational theatre is another way to promote powerful, multimodal thinking.

  • December 7, 2010

    L Johnson

    These are great- can’t wait to take a look at some more… adding one more of my own to the list:

  • December 9, 2010


    Wow.. what a great compilation of sites to check out. I really like your blog because it keeps my eyes open to whats going on in the education system. Thanks for all the links.

    Arizona Art Gallery

  • Thanks for sharing the list

  • February 15, 2011

    school teacher education

    I am not going to say what everyone else has already mentioned, however I do want to remark in your information of the topic. Youre really well-informed. I cant believe how a lot of this I just wasnt aware of. Thanks for bringing more information to this subject for me. Im really grateful and really impressed.

  • August 10, 2011

    Amiria Gale

    Hi there
    I am an artist and art teacher from New Zealand. I am writing a blog about A-Level Art (among other things) and it is proving quite successful. Very exciting! It’s a great activity for me as I am on maternity leave and am not able to teach at the moment. The blog is here. Thanks! :)

  • September 6, 2011


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  • February 13, 2012

    Pat Jones

    I use a lot of art in my teaching of math as a vehicle for memory. The brain remembers pictures so I incorporate art as much as I can.

    Thank you for all the resources you present on your blog. Art is very important to learning, especially for children who are right-brained (typically left-handed.)

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