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Same Project, Different Results: Art Made Easy 038

Same Project, Different Results: Art Made Easy 038

By on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Does this sound familiar? You teach a lesson and it goes terrific: the students understand the concepts and are totally engaged, but then you go to teach the same lesson at a different school, and it fails. The students don’t grasp the concepts and want to do their own thing. What do you do? This was the discussion last week inside the Members Club Facebook group. First time art teacher, Traci Ann wondered why this happens and how it can be avoided. If you’ve taught art for any length of time, you know this happens and that it happens to both seasoned and brand new teachers. This week’s episode addresses what to do when a proven project doesn’t work out so well and how you can pivot to ensure that your students get the most out of their time with you. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  Why it is important to assess your classes’ strengths and abilities How to alter the lesson plan based on the outcome of the assessment How negative thoughts about the class room teacher’s management plan can affect your teaching abilities and/or outcome of your projects My advice when a lesson plan gets out of control (and how to regroup and start over) How to acknowledge problems or critique children’s work How to think on your feet when a project is not going well for a numerous amount of students Why it is important to be on the lookout for how students can help you refine the process of how you are teaching certain projects Whether or not templates should be used How to be mindful or the length of each project and the attention span of the children 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.   YOUR TURN… What’s your strategy for dealing with projects that don’t go as planned? Share your tips, strategies an experience so we can reassure all of the new art teachers out there that this will happen and it is...

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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 | 0 comments

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 clearly seen the lifestyle she wanted and was able to make a 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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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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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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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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Art Made Easy #013: The Scoping & Sequencing of Portrait-Making

Art Made Easy #013: The Scoping & Sequencing of Portrait-Making

By on Mar 30, 2016 | 3 comments

Creating a portrait in elementary school is a natural part of any art curriculum. Over my 13 years as an art teacher, I taught thousands of kids how to draw portraits–whether of themselves, a friend or an imaginary person. It may surprise you that teaching a child how to draw a portrait is not just about eye-placement or looking into a mirror, it’s also about how to create a piece of art that captures the likeness not just through drawing but with texture and color. In this episode of Art Made Easy, I identify key learning objectives for each grade level, detail what art supplies I love best plus how I select just the right portrait project that engages students at every grade. Make sure to download my FREE Scoping & Sequencing of Portrait Making PDF that details the projects, supplies and learning objectives for each grade level. Just login to your DSS account to access. You can create a free account if you don’t already have one.   LISTEN TO THE SHOW     DOWNLOAD THE FREE PORTRAIT-MAKING GUIDE: To download this free resource, click on the image below. Login to your DSS account and click Add to Cart. Enjoy!   SHOW NOTES – Information about the Summer Art Workshop with Patty, Palmer, Cassie Stephens and Laura Lohmann – Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli – Fred Babb Art Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff (This is one of my all-time most inspiring poster books for art-making) – Fun with Portraits II Lesson plans – Fun with Portraits I...

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