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Join me for a Free Training!

By on Dec 31, 2016 | 6 comments

Imagine this… Open House, May 2016. A year’s worth of teaching, planning, and creating paid off. My room looked exactly how I wanted it to, and it was decorated from floor to ceiling with DSS art projects. Parents were literally in awe of what their 8 year-old children had created. The kids were beaming with pride, the parents were teary with gratitude, and I felt like a rock star! Amazing, right? We all want to feel this! This was posted in Facebook from from Michelle, a member in Deep Space Sparkle’s The Members’ Club. She went from not knowing a thing about art to creating art on a regular basis with her 2nd grade students. I couldn’t be happier for her and I want it for you, too. Start the new year with art projects that are guaranteed to engaged and inspire students. It’s a bold statement but I know that if you apply even three out of the five steps, you’ll experience an uptick in student behavior, less frustrated artists and projects that surprise kids with their artistic ability. RESERVE YOUR SEAT Here are the details: The 60-minute TRAINING focuses on: 5 Steps on how to identify the best projects for each grade level (K-6) What art supplies work best with each age group What skills are essential to learn in each grade plus much more. There’s a lot to cover, so I created a TRAINING WORKBOOK for you to download and fill out as we move through the training. You’ll receive an email with a link to download the workbook after you register.   A FEW MORE BONUSES… https://d3ndagut9sanks.cloudfront.net/Launch-D/TMC+L3+Webinar+LP.mp4 I’m a visual learner so I think it’s important to have something to download and keep. I created TWO art resources that will help you plan your art program. The first is a curriculum guide and skills checklist. It’s a super handy list of skills that you can expect children to be proficient at in each grade level. This helps when you are looking at a lesson and are trying to determine whether it will work for your group of kids. The second is a list of art supplies, where to buy them and most importantly, how to use them. I don’t make any...

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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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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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Easy Management Tips for Creating Your Dream Class – Art Made Easy 012

Easy Management Tips for Creating Your Dream Class – Art Made Easy 012

By on Mar 23, 2016 | 5 comments

Do your students blurt out at random moments during your demonstrations? Do you have trouble getting kids to listen or take you seriously? Do you have children that always seem to be pushing your buttons? Does your clean-up routine border on chaotic? I know that I’ve struggled with behavioral issues, stressful transitions and more than a few wild classes and I learned that unless I got those things under control, I wasn’t able to be an effective teacher. Although it may seem like achieving a happy balance between creating a consistent management philosophy and allowing freedom and creativity in your art room is next to impossible, I’m here to tell that it is completely doable. Michael Linsin is the author of Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers and the author of the blog, Smart Classroom Management has the magic touch. He seems to know intuitively how to transform chaos into calm. A little word about the show… Podcasting is not as easy as it may appear. There are lot of steps to setting up interviews, recording and ultimately producing each episode that inevitable something always goes wrong. In this case, I had a problem with the sound quality on my end of the recording. My podcast editor had to do some fancy tweaking to make this interview easy on your ears. So if you notice any weird transitions, you know why. And as always, thanks for listening!   LISTEN TO THE SHOW   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Why a classroom management plan is necessary and the most important element of the whole teaching process How good classroom management can free you to be creative How body language can be used to set the right tone in a classroom Why having expectations of your kids is absolutely essential to creating your dream class Why the story behind the activity is more important than the activity itself The truth why 95% of classroom problems will disappear  with an effective management plan The surprising things teachers do that unintentionally encourage bad behavior The #1 tip Michael has for all teachers looking to implement his system Here is an interview with Michael on Deep Space Sparkle  Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers on Amazon Join Michael’s weekly newsletter here...

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Working Through Mistakes- Art Made Easy 011

Working Through Mistakes- Art Made Easy 011

By on Mar 16, 2016 | 9 comments

If you teach art to children, no doubt that you’ve come across a child who is unhappy with their work. Some children become rattled by a torn piece of paper or even a color choice. What can you do to help these children work through the sticky points of art-making? There is plenty of advice out there but sometimes the best way to help a child is to put yourself in their shoes.  In today’s show, I share my philosophy and how I approach frustrated artists, what I say and how I help children enjoy the creative process.   LISTEN TO THE SHOW   SHOW NOTES Beautiful Oops! The Dot   Mistakes are a part of art. As soon as we can teach children this concept, the more fun you will have as an art teacher and the more creative the students will be. I can’t say where children get this notion that everything must be done correctly, but it certainly resides in many children’s heads. Some children are wired this way. I can see the battles some children create in their heads; these are the children where life is black and white, lines are either straight or crooked. There is very little doubt in this kid’s head that a drawing is correct or not. I don’t consider this a wrong state of being, but rather a child expressing his authentic self. My middle son is very exact. Everything he views in the world has a purpose and most concepts and ideas are linear. There is a correct sequence for everything. He was like this at 6 and he is the same at 16. Is he artistic? Nope. Not at all. But so what? He still enjoyed art at school because he was able to set aside his wired state and have some fun with his drawings without judgement. He loved directed drawing lessons because well, they were directed. You either did them right, or wrong (in his opinion, not mine!) So how do you see that mistakes are important to some children and that it’s not a reflection of you? It’s not easy, but I think it comes down to trust. I know my students. Well, the truth is, I often forget...

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Classroom Management: A step in the positive direction

Classroom Management: A step in the positive direction

By on Dec 5, 2014 | 19 comments

Do you ever arrive at work with a new lesson plan that you are totally excited about? Then your students arrive with less-than-stellar attention spans? We all dream of the perfect class, filled with well-behaved, little angels but then reality hits. Slowly the excitement of unveiling a brand new lesson floats away as you try to corral the little ones back to their seats or at least get them looking in the right direction. My technique has always starts with positive reinforcement. Classroom Management Sometimes, it’s not about the cool project, but basic classroom management. Dealing with the late arrivals, kids who need a drink of water right in the middle of your demonstration, the girls who can’t sit with each other, the kids who insist on talking while you are talking and the list goes on. Soon you feel your earlier enthusiasm morph into a state of frustration. The tricky thing about being a teacher, an especially an art teacher who sees many students per day, is not letting student behavior dictate the mood of your classroom. It’s really easy to slip into feelings of self-doubt or the feeling of being taken advantage of or not be appreciated, but the sooner you can let go of these emotions, the happier you will be. I learned a lot about classroom management form Michael Linsin and his blog, Smart Classroom Management. Earlier this year, I interviewed him during which he said so many relevant things that helped me in the art room. His main point is to have a classroom management plan that works for you, that you believe in and that you can do consistently without effort. I love his common sense approach to working with kids and I know his words will resonate with you. He recently wrote Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers. I was given a copy this summer and read through the book in one sitting. For me, Michael’s most striking and effective management tactic is to tell a child that he broke one of your classroom rules in the most direct, non-negotiable way possible, then, and this is what I love, the next time you see that student, don’t treat him any differently. Treat him without judgement. I love this clean-slate approach to discipline as it’s so...

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