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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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How to Talk to Kids about Art – Art Made Easy 019

How to Talk to Kids about Art – Art Made Easy 019

By on May 11, 2016 | 4 comments

Do you hit the google search button whenever you need to introduce a famous artist before an art lesson? I know I’ve filled the white board with a few boring facts a few times. What if I told you you didn’t have to research a thing about a famous artist? Today’s guest, Cindy Ingram from The Art Curator for Kids website, shares her philosophy of how she talks to kids about art and ways that you can too. And you don’t have to know a thing about art!   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: –  How Cindy’s childhood dreams translated into her success as an art curator – Cindy’s best tips to help children compare and contrast art – How letting children discover art and answer the questions about art by analyzing it themselves – Bonus tip: How to introduce Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Edvard Munch to your students! – Why Cindy loves teaching Baroque art – The best artists to introduce to children at an elementary school level – How to utilize your classroom time to its full potential – Ways to partner with a classroom teacher to help introduce an artist with a broader scope – How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to analyze art – Whether you should show nudity pieces in the classroom – How to balance art history and creating art in limited amounts of time -Why character analysis help children with critical thinking – The tips and tricks for parents taking children to museums and how to engage the children through questions LISTEN TO THE SHOW     DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDE   SHOW NOTES: Cindy’s Top Tips for Looking at Art Art Curator for Kids Visual Thinking Strategies Bloom’s Taxonomy Laurence Anhalt’s Artists Series Books Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou (with art by Basquiat) Don Massey’s blog, Shine Bright Zamarano (Check out Don’s blog for amazing tech art projects and art projects featuring local artists)   CONNECT WITH CINDY You can connect with Cindy on Facebook  and...

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Teaching from a Cart – Art Made Easy 017

Teaching from a Cart – Art Made Easy 017

By on Apr 27, 2016 | 13 comments

Do you teach art from a cart? Or travel from school to school with your car packed with art supplies and resources? Today’s guest Heidi O’Hanley has spent most of her career traveling from school to school and teaching from a cart. It sounds impossible and maybe even a bit scary, but Heidi is here to help you. Heidi blogs at Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher and shares what art projects are best, what art supplies to use and ways to make teaching art with little storage or space to work for you. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: – What to do when your classroom has no water source, and how your students can play an active role in the solution – Why communication is crucial when teaching art from a cart – How using Google Drive, Share Point and Pinterest can help with lesson planning – Helpful tips for when you’re teaching at multiple schools – What Heidi’s current blog is all about and how she came up with the name and concept – How using removable bins to hold supplies, how-to-draw books, resources & lessons plans makes traveling easier – The top questions Heidi gets asked by others about this type of art teaching – How to make clay project prep work when you are teaching art from a cart – The best part about teaching art from a cart – Why you should be proactive and set parameters before even starting a project – Easy cart projects to do, as well as the ones that you’ll find more challenging due to limitations   LISTEN TO THE SHOW     DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDE I created this guide for you to act as a checklist for things to consider when teaching from a cart, what supplies are great for cart use and what type of projects work really well. Just click the yellow box below, enter your name and email and I will send you the free download to your email.   SHOW NOTES: Deep Space Sparkle’s tips for teaching art from a cart Vincent Van Gogh’s Cat Camille and the Sunflowers You Are My Work of Art Why Is Blue Dog Blue? Tar Beach Tales from the Traveling...

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