The Teaching Palette is a blog dedicated to the teachers who constantly work on perfecting the art of education. The heart and purpose of this site is to provide an environment where the love and knowledge of art education will be advanced.

Our goal is to provide a collaborative forum where art specialists of all levels can explore professional topics that impact our subject area. Our “big three” content specialties include 1) classroom management, 2) music + art integration and 3) teacher-authored product reviews.

Classroom Management – Do you have a unique experience or tip to share about classroom management? Our classroom management category is further broken into six subcategories – managing challenging students, clean-up and transition, conflict resolution, off-task behavior, and organization and preparation. You’re encouraged to submit your own content for our Classroom Management section.

Music + Art Integration – The intersection of art and music is critical to the learning process and can be interpreted, enhanced and experienced in a variety of ways. This is your chance to share your thoughts and ideas on the topic of introducing music in the classroom. For a guest authored piece, perhaps you highlight one piece of artwork and discuss the music and musicians/composers that were popular during the era when the artwork was created. You’re encouraged to submit your own content for our Music + Art Integration section.

Teacher-authored Product Reviews – Our popular product review section features teacher-authored reviews of art games, books, multimedia (audio/video), technology and gadgets, and tools and miscellaneous. If you’d like to submit a review, we’ve made the process very easy. First, send us a quick email with a short description and/or link of the product you plan to review. Once we’ve approved it, just completely fill out this review submission form, save the completed form to your computer and then email it to us.

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The founders and primary authors of this blog are Hillary Andrlik and Theresa McGee, who both teach 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 conferences locally, nationally, and online.  As a blog authored by art educators for art educators, we focus on arteducationology, or the study or art education.


Hillary Andrlik

Theresa McGee

Theresa McGee