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Beyond Lesson Plans – Modern Ways to Connect & Collaborate in Your Art Room – Art Made Easy 035

Beyond Lesson Plans – Modern Ways to Connect & Collaborate in Your Art Room – Art Made Easy 035

By on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Are you looking for ways to spruce up your art program? Move beyond traditional lesson plans with artist trading cards, a flipped classroom and QR codes. Nic Hahn, author of the popular blog, Mini Matisse, shares how she transitioned to a choice-based art room, how she uses videos to flip her classroom plus she shares the art projects that have been the most successful with her students.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How working with different age groups gives you added perspective as a blogger How Artist Trading Cards help the learning process for students How her focus on Careers in Art has exposed the children to all sorts of possibilities Why reflection in the art room is needed, and how Nic ties pop culture into the curriculum Why she uses QR codes in her classroom How questions she receives online leads the direction of her blog How presenting the masters of art to her classes allowed Nic to grow as an artist herself   Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast App.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. SHOW NOTES: Yuko Larson and Nic Hahn’s Trading Cards Bit-O-Bios Art Biography QR Codes Lesson Download Careers in Art Sample Lesson Download Careers in Art See Saw...

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The SPARKLE Method for Lesson Development – Art Made Easy 032

The SPARKLE Method for Lesson Development – Art Made Easy 032

By on Nov 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Developing art lessons can be overwhelming to create with a busy schedule. Sure you can use the same art lessons every year but every now and again, you’ll want (or be required) to create lessons for a very specific topic or subject. Over the years, I created a criteria for assessing whether or not a lesson will work in my art program. I call it my SPARKLE method for lesson development. These 7 key steps will help you create art projects that are unique to you, your art program and that your students will love. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Why it’s important to flex your creative muscles and see what you can create on your own How I get ideas for my new projects, both around the house and while travelling Why illustrations have to be understandable for children in order to convert successfully into an art lesson What to do if you have a set curriculum to follow The secret to know if a project will work for students Why you don’t need to apologize for your weaknesses – play up your strengths! How it’s important to try out a new lesson yourself before introducing it to your class Why if you’re introducing an art concept in a school environment, there has to be a reason for it How telling a story or interesting fact about an artist will engage children and make the lesson memorable When you’re doing research you can use sensory details to explain or elaborate on an artist’s technique How YouTube videos can easily be used to teach kids about artists that you’re not overly familiar with When designing a lesson around a master, make sure the person has a broad appeal for the age group you’re teaching to How using lingo, or vocabulary, in your art room is a great way to make sure your lesson planning is on track The mindset shift I had to make when it came to using 3-D forms Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast Ap.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. SHOW NOTES: Eric Carle Lois Ehlert...

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Perfect Timing: Solutions for Early Finishers – Art Made Easy 029

Perfect Timing: Solutions for Early Finishers – Art Made Easy 029

By on Oct 12, 2016 | 6 comments

Do you get frustrated when your students rush to finish a project to work on free drawing or a coloring sheet? Do you find you are constantly being challenge to find solutions for early finishers? In this episode of Art Made Easy, I walk you through strategies to help your students finish an art project during the scheduled time plus tips to help you assess your lesson timelines, free choice activities and grade-level projects. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  Why you really need to step back and look at the reasons why timing is problematic in the first place What to expect when kids begin art projects How providing predictability in what your children can expect in the art room can go a long way in gauging how long it will take them to do a certain task How demonstrations can be used before, and during a lesson, to grow the listening and attention skills of your students Why your reaction matters The benefits of sticking to a lesson that was tested for that grade level Why setting up as many limitations as possible for the “perfectionist” student is the best thing you can do How to use free choice time effectively Why portfolios can be a good alternative to free choice The benefits of directed line drawings and how they can be used to help get a handle on how long children are able to work on a project Patty’s strategies and script for teaching a direct drawing Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast Ap.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. SHOW NOTES Draw & Paint a ¾ View Snowman Art Project How to Draw a Snowman without using Circles Art Project AME 025: All About Guided Drawings All About Free-Choice Art...

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About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

About Guided Drawings – Art Made Easy 025

By on Sep 14, 2016 | 8 comments

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 do directed drawings but rather bring in objects or photos of what is to be drawn and let the students come up with their own ideas of what that should look like on paper. Is there a balance to be had? And what would you say to those little guys who just want to do what they want and go their own route? Thanks Patty! Isn’t that a great question? In this episode of Art Made Easy, I’m going there…discussing the pros and cons of guided drawings and answering whether or not they can be beneficial to kids or whether they restrict creativity.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: – How all art philosophies are good, and there’s really no wrong way to teach art to kids – What exactly a guided drawing is and when is the best time to use one – What are the benefits of guided drawings, especially for younger children who tend draw on the small side – Why your objectives or goals must be determined when considering which methods to use in your classroom – How you sometimes will have to be the authority and not allow a child to draw something that doesn’t fit with your project or theme – What guidelines exist for implementing drawing into your art program – How everyone can draw (it’s really just a series of lines and shapes placed on the paper)! – Why using a variety of techniques to teach children how to draw will build their confidence   LISTEN TO THE SHOW DOWNLOAD A PDF I created a simple guide that offers direction on what drawing...

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What is The Members’ Club?

What is The Members’ Club?

By on Sep 4, 2016 | 5 comments

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 new to teaching art, the experienced teacher who wants to shake up her program and the classroom teacher who has a wee bit of art knowledge but knows if she doesn’t teach art, no one will.  Imagine a website where you can access over 125 art lessons right now, PLUS more each month. Where you can connect with like-minded adults who are passionate about teaching art to kids. And you don’t have to be an art teacher. Maybe you’re a studio owner or in charge of Art Day with your church group. There are over 1000+ men and women to connect with. My personal favorite part of the membership is the fun I have creating the themed bundles. You may like the resources and the trainings (and I like those too!) but quite honestly, making up fun art bundles that are all standards based (Common Core, I Can, National Core Art Standards) is my FAVE. It’s my happy place and I want to share it with you. Enrollment is only open twice a year. And it’s happening right now. If you have a question for me, ask away. I’m more than happy to answer anything you’re wondering about. And if you want to read all the details on The Members’ Club and how it can help you, check it out right here. Plus if you join now, you receive The 2016 Art Curriculum Workbook + my special members only Art Sequencing Workbook. ENROLLMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER...

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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.   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 and pastels look amazing on card stock. Figure out what you have and ROCK the lessons...

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