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Behind the Scenes of an Art Workshop…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Behind the Scenes of an Art Workshop…

In 24 hours I’ll be welcoming art teachers, classroom teachers, studio owners and parent to my 2-day summer art workshop. It’s too cliche to say I’m excited. It’s more than that. This is what I love to do. Teach.  Inspire. Motivate. Create. But behind the fun of planning the lessons and playing with the supplies, there’s a whole lot of madness, mess and paperwork beneath the surface… Here’s What Really Happens…. 1. The date you want to host your workshop is never available. Like a wedding, if you want to plan a workshop that can accommodate more than 25 people, you need space. And...

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Creative Books to Read This Summer – Art Made Easy 024

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Book Reviews, Podcasts | 9 comments

Creative Books to Read This Summer – Art Made Easy 024

Today is the last episode of Art Made Easy Season One! When I embarked on this podcast journey, my intentions was to test out the platform, see if anyone was interested in listening to what I had to say and to share my love of teaching art through others. I’m proud that the show has over 65K downloads and has been in the New & Noteworthy section as well as the What’s Hot section in iTunes (K-12 education) since we began. That means that many of you tune in every week to listen. Thank you! To me there is no better way...

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Matisse Garden – Book Review & Video

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in 3th Grade Art Lessons, 45-minute art lessons, 4th Grade Art Lessons, 5th Grade Art Lessons, Book Reviews, Drawing Projects, Markers | 4 comments

Matisse Garden – Book Review & Video

MATISSE’S GARDEN My favorite activity is popping into a book store to browse. I hardly do it anymore mostly because bookstores aren’t as plentiful. And doesn’t Amazon make it easy to buy your favorite books? But as I was walking down Sate Street last week with my daughter, we popped into The Santa Barbara Museum of Art book store. Nothing makes me happier than being immersed in colorful children’s book covers, except maybe art books written for children. Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman is a must have book for your art room library. It moves past Matisse’s back story and dives straight into...

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Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Curriculum Planning, Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 1 comment

Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for January! As the school year draws to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on your year, celebrate your achievements, review what you want to improve on and get clear on how you want the 2016-17 year to look and feel. Reflecting upon your successes, failures (yes, we all had them) and bright spots in your year may feel unnecessary but I PROMISE YOU, it’s the BEST thing you can do for yourself. Creating a positive space for self-reflection in your life is the fastest way to become happier and more...

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