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Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests – Art Made Easy 026

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Podcasts | 5 comments

Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests – Art Made Easy 026

In this episode of Art Made Easy I’m diving down the rabbit hole of personality tests. Don’t know if you are a fan, but I’ve been literally obsessed with the Myers-Briggs test since I listen to The Mind Your Business podcast a few months ago. Here’s what I learned; by knowing what makes you tick, you can learn how to become a better teacher, engage in activities that bring you more joy and be around people who compliment you. You may not be overly familiar with personality test, but trust me, knowing the reasons why you do what you do really...

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About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 8 comments

About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

To start off Season Two of Art Made Easy, I’m answering a member’s question about Guided Drawings. Gloria asks: Sometimes when I am doing a directed drawing lesson, like the Matisse fish bowl, rabbits, pumpkins or really, whatever …. I’ll always get the question from my students Do I have to do it that way? or Can I just do anyway I want? And, frankly I’m torn. I don’t want to squash their creativity, but I do want them to stretch themselves and try something new. My teacher friend, who is an artist,  says I shouldn’t even attempt to...

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What is The Members’ Club?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Curriculum Planning, How to Teach Art | 5 comments

What is The Members’ Club?

Art teachers have the best job in the world. We inspire children to create art. We show them the tools that will help create their vision. We support their growth. Pretty incredible, don’t you think? So why is it that so many art teachers feel like the least important teacher at school? WE know what we do is important but sometimes, our job descriptions can be reduced to the class that does the fun stuff–which is true–but with 150 kids a day, the conversation changes a bit. That’s why I created The Members’ Club. The membership supports…new art teachers who are brand...

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Tempera vs Acrylic Paint

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Tempera Paint, Video Art Tips & Lessons | 3 comments

Tempera vs Acrylic Paint

I avoided acrylic paint for a long time. I was happy with my liquid tempera and watercolor paints and didn’t see the allure of acrylics. Now, for my own art, nothing beats acrylics. But who wants to mess around with tubes with 30 kids? This was my mindset for a long time. When I learned about acrylic paints that were meant for an elementary classroom, I was excited to give them a try. I order some Blick acrylic paints and experimented with a few projects. Everything that was said about acrylic paints was true…they were smooth, beautiful and had a...

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