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Design your Dream Art Curriculum

Design your Dream Art Curriculum

By on Aug 20, 2016 | 20 comments

The funny thing about heading back to school is that we dread it until we can’t avoid it any longer. Then we step into our classroom, decorate our bulletin boards, organize our brand new supplies and we start to feel excited and dare I say–actually look forward to the first day of school. Right? To keep the magic going, the BEST thing you can do for a seamless transition is to make sure you have your art projects planned. Knowing what to teach on the first day and the second day and the seventh day can leave most teachers in a state of panic. The first few years of my teaching career always began with these questions: What lessons are best for Kinders? What supplies are best? What techniques should the kids do first? Is there a sequence of skills that should be followed? I spent A-LOT of time thinking about these things and built this blog around helping other teachers make sense of what to teach to kids in elementary school. If you want to catch the WHOLE training, you can watch a replay of my live webinars: Here are my best tips: DETERMINE WHAT SUPPLIES YOU HAVE & KNOW HOW THEY WORK BALANCE ART TECHNIQUES WITH A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS KNOW THE SKILL SET OF YOUR CHILDREN SOURCE PROJECTS WITH KID-APPEAL DO WHAT YOU CAN AND ALWAYS IMPROVE ELEMENTS OF ART CAN BE TAUGHT IN A VARIETY OF WAYS Let’s break each one down: 1. DETERMINE WHAT SUPPLIES YOU HAVE & KNOW HOW THEY WORK Most of us do not inherit a classroom full of fabulous art supplies and many of us have budgets the size of the coffee run for Starbucks. Don’t let this break your spirits. Supplies for art can be found anywhere. Will it take more work? Yes, but the students won’t know the difference. Ask parents to save cereal boxes: they make a great canvas for tempera paints and a great backing for paper collages. Use wrapping paper, newspaper and magazines for collages, use food coloring for liquid watercolor, etc. If you don’t have fancy watercolor paper, don’t worry. Watercolors still work on regular drawing paper but mixing won’t be as great. Markers, crayons...

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Summer Workshop 2016

Summer Workshop 2016

By on Jul 31, 2016 | 6 comments

An entire week has gone by and the excitement & frenzy of hosting my second workshop has settled and been replaced with warm satisfaction. I love waiting for feelings to settled to determine what memory you associate with an event. When I think back to all the color, community and conversations, the feeling that sticks with me is contentment. I was overwhelmed with the support and gratitude the attendees of the workshop poured out to Laura, Cassie and I. If teaching art to kids isn’t the best job in the world, teaching adults how to teach art to kids is even better! And not that anyone needed help. There were AMAZING artists, teachers and community leaders in this group. Their love and focus of creating an environment for children to create art resonated the whole weekend. My helpers this year starts with my daughter, Elliott who rounded up her buddies, Cassie and Katelyn and my bestie, Isabelle (the amazing photographer) and her daughters, Camille and Audrey Ann. Caitlin, an amazing Spanish teacher here in Santa Barbara with an eye for art rounded out my team. A workshop or conference is made by those who attend. I’ve been to lots of workshops where you feel alone and aren’t sure what to do. This group of ladies joined together at their circle tables to create art, support each other and share supplies. Just like kids do at school. I always thought that the best part of teaching comes at the end of the class, when you ring the clean-up bell, but no one moves. The attendees were like most engaged kids during art class–they didn’t want to stop creating. They worked through lunch an some worked through dinner. Having Cassie Stephens and Laura Lohmann co-teach with me this year was the BEST. These gals have been my online friends for a while. We all love art and we tend to think the same when it comes to teaching art to kids. We all believe in making our art rooms a happy place, filled with color and creativity. This really came through in Cassie’s weaving projects and Laura’s colorful marigolds and clay still-life project. I get asked pretty much everyday, what art supplies I used in my...

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Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

Your School Year in Review – Art Made Easy 023

By on Jun 8, 2016 | 1 comment

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 content. This episode is for everyone who wants to improve their teaching experience by reflecting on what went well and what didn’t and by doing so will create a clear action plan on how to make your next school year your best one yet.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: – What process I used as an art teacher and how I reviewed my year – How important it is to know why you teach art and what brings you joy – How art found me (and not the other way around) – Why you need to discover what’s standing in your way if you didn’t achieve your goal(s) – Why it’s important to celebrate your successes! – Why helping others is the best way to get something that you want – What pushed me through the days where I really didn’t want to go in to the school – Why working too quickly might not be the best way to engage a child – How the Year End Review Workbook will help showcase where the holes are in your art program – How your surroundings will affect your creativity as an art teacher – How making your cleanup strategy more fun and systematic will help you in the following year – Why experimenting with new things is needed to continually get better   LISTEN TO THE SHOW   Do you want to make 2016-17 your BEST school year ever? Believe it or not, this is the time to make it happen. Download the workbook, find a quiet place to sit for a couple of hours and start reflecting on your amazing year....

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How to Use Pinterest in the Art Room – Art Made Easy 022

How to Use Pinterest in the Art Room – Art Made Easy 022

By on Jun 1, 2016 | 0 comments

I’m excited for you to meet art  teacher and anointed Pinterest Art Queen, Donna Staten. Donna is an art teacher from Austin, Texas who is known for her HUGE following on Pinterest. And because of her Pinterest efforts, Donna has been invited to be a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. Pretty impressive, right? This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how Donna grew her Pinterest following to over 100K followers. (Hint: it takes some time! ) She also outlines her top ten best practices for growing a following and ways that Pinterest can be used in the art room.   IN THIS SHOW YOU’LL LEARN: – How Donna discovered Pinterest and why the platform initially appealed to her – Who she builds her Pinterest boards for and if a blog is really necessary – How Donna organizes her boards and what she would do different if she was only using Pinterest for herself – What are “Secret Boards” and how they can be used in the classroom – What three major upgrades did Pinterest make to help art teachers – Donna’s 10 basic tips for teachers using Pinterest – What you shouldn’t pin on your boards and her advice regarding privacy and professionalism – Proper Pinterest etiquette – How much time it takes Donna to “pin” (she has over 120,000 of them to date)! – How various opportunities have come Donna’s way all because of her activity on Pinterest   LISTEN TO THE SHOW:   Donna’s Top Ten Pinterest Tips: 1. Keep each board specific 2. Always preview images and videos 3. Don’t pin anything that is not kid-friendly 4. Be careful about joining group boards-you have no control over the content 5. Don’t pin anything that has questionable copyright issues 6. Give credit when possible and try to link from the original source 7. Use secret boards to hide content from your students as they are likely to find your boards on Pinterest 8. Keep comment professional. Just commenting “cute” clutters up the boards 9. Don’t just rein. Try to pin your own content. 10. Follow Pinterest Etiquette and report spammers   SHOW NOTES:  Donna’s Pinterest Page Donna’s LinkedIn Donna’s Twitter Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Consortium for School Networking...

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How to Break Down Barriers & Showcase Your Talent – Art Made Easy 021

How to Break Down Barriers & Showcase Your Talent – Art Made Easy 021

By on May 25, 2016 | 1 comment

Art teacher and blogger, Ginger Bowerman-Pacer of Paintbrush Rocket shares how she pushed past the barriers that were holding her back from creating a platform for her teaching resources. In an honest and vulnerable conversation about the joys and struggles of teaching art, Ginger confronts the stories she told herself that prevented her from starting a blog and sharing her talents with others to being partners in an exciting new art adventure. If you love conversations about change, following your gut, taking a leap of faith, pushing away blocks, then you will love listening to Ginger. PS In the introduction of this show, I share updates on where I am now with Deep Space Sparkle and my journey towards publishing my first book. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: – Where I am now in my journey as an entrepreneur ( I talk about my road publication, why I joined a Mastermind and why I am starting a membership platform) – How taking a leap of faith can reap big rewards – How Ginger’s mom influenced Ginger’s teaching style – How being a lifelong learner opens unexpected doors – What Ginger’s initial fears were about becoming a blogger and her best advice for new bloggers – How school district policies can limit your online presence and how Ginger navigated through this – Why advocating the arts can be done successfully through social media and blogging – How blogging impacts our global teaching community – Why creating a blogging community is essential as a blogger – How to navigate the murky waters of competition among art teachers – Why competition is good- and essential- for doing your best work – How Ginger builds her student’s creative confidence – How working towards a personal goal as a visual arts instructor impacts not only the students but a school community   LISTEN TO THE SHOW:    DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDE Click the yellow button below, enter your name and email and you will be sent Ginger’s color theory worksheet. SHOW  NOTES: – Amy Porterfield’s podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy episode 071 – Cassie Stephens Blog – Laura Lohmann and Painted Paper Art – Art Made Easy Mindset episode 016 – Ginger’s time-lapse video of her Laurel Burch-inspired  mural painting – Jessica...

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The Best Art Products to Use with Kids – Art Made Easy 020

The Best Art Products to Use with Kids – Art Made Easy 020

By on May 18, 2016 | 7 comments

Ready to order your first shipment of art supplies and don’t know what to order? Curious why some art supplies are better than others? Today’s episode of Art Made Easy helps identify why some paints, paper and brushes deserve a place on your art supply shelf.  Don’t forget to download an art supply ordering checklist and buying guide to help you get started on creating the best art projects.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: – What my favorite supplies are – Products to stay away from and why – Why different mediums require different supplies – Why more expensive supplies are not always better for your projects – Examples of how to use different supplies for new ways of teaching lessons – Alternative uses for supplies already in stock in your art room/class room – Pros and Cons of certain brands of supplies – A list of fun but non-essential supplies – What types of effective supplies you can get for free – Some tips to keep children engaged in art-making   LISTEN TO THE SHOW:      DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDE     WANT  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ART SUPPLIES? 3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint Using Markers in the Art Room To Spray or Not to Spray? Tips for Using Chalk Pastels...

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