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Retirement Dreams & Children’s Books with Sparkler Gloria Mathews: AME 050

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Book Reviews, Podcasts, Spotlights! | 10 comments

Retirement Dreams & Children’s Books with Sparkler Gloria Mathews: AME 050

Today’s episode is special. Deep Space Sparkle member, Gloria Mathews is the quintessential Sparkler: creative, sharing, and kind. She is always the first one to comment, cheer on and celebrate other’s success in their journey as an art teacher. Gloria is a retired classroom teacher who transitioned to teaching art a couple of days per week to her group of students in grades K-2.  Hear how she designed an art program that suited her lifestyle and goals and how you can do it, too. Gloria and I chat about what makes a children’s book successful, how to get started writing...

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Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in How to Teach Art, Podcasts | 6 comments

Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

With the deadline of my first book approaching, I have uncovered a few differences between teaching art in a small group setting and teaching art in a classroom. Having a series of private workshops for the kids who are helping me with my book has allowed me to witness first hand what a private or small-group based art-making experience is like for parents and studio owners.  I’m able to explore paint options and drawing techniques that I might have avoided in a traditional classroom setting but seems really natural with a small group. While the distinctions will be featured in my book, today’s...

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A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Podcasts | 0 comments

A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

Marisa is a former K-8 art teacher from Georgia who was one of over 500 people who applied for a job as a standards writer for Deep Space Sparkle last Spring. Marisa helps teachers all over the world by providing documentation for all of the DSS lessons inside The Members Club. Life has changed a lot for Marisa, who went from working as an art teacher to staying home with her newborn so she could work from home. It’s not always an easy transition but she moved through it beautifully. Her positive approach to life has allowed her to...

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The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in How to Teach Art, Teaching Philosophies | 23 comments

The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

    If you have taught art for any length of time, no doubt you have accumulated a few misses in your teaching strategy. I know I have. Like many of you, when I first began teaching, I had no idea if a project I read about in a book would work with my students. If it looked fun and doable, I would try it. What I didn’t know is that there are some basic strategies that every art teacher should know. And since I didn’t know them and learned the hard way, I want to share them with...

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