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Incorporating STEAM Projects into your Art Room: Art Made Easy 036

Incorporating STEAM Projects into your Art Room: Art Made Easy 036

By on Jan 4, 2017 | 1 comment

Are you looking to incorporate a few STEAM art activities into your curriculum this year? Ana Dziengle from Babble, Dabble Do is this week’s guest on the podcast. If you haven’t met Ana before, I know you’ll love her. She’s the type of girl you want as a friend. And since she is originally from Santa Barbara, I’m claiming her as mine! Ana shares her favorite STEAM projects that engage kids and encourages them to think for themselves. And isn’t that what we all want? This episode is perfect for anyone wants to explore a few STEAM projects with their kids. Things you will learn in this episode: How Ana visualized the lifestyle she wanted and was able to make the hard decision to get it How Ana incorporates art and science together The many different aspects of being creative Why being artistic doesn’t mean it has to be through a traditional medium How to entice children with a magical component of art What STEAM projects are and why they should be incorporated in projects Why it is important to choose projects based on the age group of your kids How to step back and let the child’s project unfold without inserting what outcome you think the project could and should have How to prepare your children to not negatively compare their work Why doing projects alongside the children creates a great dynamic 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. DOWNLOAD TWO STEAM BOOKLETS! Thanks Ana for providing two AMAZING activities…these are super cool, folks. To get yours, just click on the yellow box, add your name and email and the zip file containing the two PDF’s will be emailed to you. If you use safari on a MAC, the zip file won’t open. Try CHROME instead. SHOW NOTES: Ana’s book, Steam Kids Dyed Snow Flake Project from Babble Dabble Do 20 Science projects for Kids from Babble Dabble Do Don’t Move the Muffin Tins: A Hands-Off Guide to Art for the Young Child by Bev Bos...

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2017 ART CALENDAR

2017 ART CALENDAR

By on Dec 24, 2016 | 1 comment

Happy New Year to you all! My favorite part of the entire year is the sweet spot between Christmas and New Year. It’s my time to reflect and plan. I LOVE planning and although my great intentions don’t always pan out, they serve as a guide for me to follow. I created this Art Calendar years ago because I needed a quick glance at the special events, artist’s birthdays and special projects that I wanted to consider when creating my art curriculum. I had a lot of flexibility in the type of lessons I taught but keeping in sync with the school calendar was important. THE 2017 ART CALENDAR INCLUDES: US and Canadian Holidays Artist Birthdays Lesson Suggestions (with links to free posts) Art Project Idea Page Monthly Project Idea Chart HOW TO USE THE CALENDAR When I was teaching, I liked to photocopy the art calendar onto card stock and place in my Planner Binder. Every month, I would look forward to the next month to see what celebrations or artist birthdays I could incorporate. I didn’t try to celebrate every artist’s birthday or even do an art project for every celebration, but the calendar allowed me to see if it was possible. Because I worked in rotations, not every class or grade level would have the opportunity to celebrate special holidays. So if my second and third graders created holiday projects in December but my Fourth and Fifth graders weren’t scheduled until January, I made sure to plan Valentine’s Day projects for them. This was just a peculiarity of my schedule but the calendar really helped me see what was coming. WOULD YOU LIKE A COPY? Click the image below to access your FREE 2017 Art Calendar. I really hope that it is useful to you. If it is, I’d love to hear how you are using the calendar. You can share your photo’s in the Deep Space Sparkle Facebook Page. Join HERE. Enjoy your calendar and have an awesome + bright 2017!...

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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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What is The Members’ Club?

What is The Members’ Club?

By on Sep 4, 2016 | 6 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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