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How to Engage, Inspire and Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey: AME 042

How to Engage, Inspire and Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey: AME 042

By on Feb 22, 2017 | 0 comments

On today’s episode, I’m talking with Sally Haughey from Fairy Dust Teaching. If you’re not familiar with her work, you really need to check out her blog, Fairy Dust Teaching.  Sally and I chat about the best way to engage young children in the art making space. You’ll learn why the method Sally uses is just so important and effective with not only young children, but ones of all ages. This episode is for anyone who struggles with finding the right balance between a creative art-making space and behavioral expectations. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Sally decided to become a teacher based on her own struggles and her children’s struggles in the public school system How she saw the arts change the lives of at-risk children Why Sally says TRUST is the most important thing when it comes to classroom management for at-risk children How and why songs hold children’s attention better than anything else What three things Sally does when children enter the art room How Sally teaches art projects with a wide range of ages How Sally addresses poor behavior with the children in the classroom What is the difference between Reggio and Waldorf-inspired art and how Sally uses both in her teachings How Sally gauges the rhythm of her classroom in order to maintain a positive flow     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.   For all the budding singers out there, DOWNLOAD SALLY’S ART SONGS PDF to get you started…. Just click the blue box, enter your name and email and I will email you the PDF. Make sure to check your junk mail (or promotions folder in gmail). SHOW NOTES:  Fairy Dust Teaching Website Teacher Resources on Fairy Dust Teaching...

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How to Talk to Administrators & Parents About Your Art Program: AME 041

How to Talk to Administrators & Parents About Your Art Program: AME 041

By on Feb 15, 2017 | 11 comments

One of the hardest parts about being an art teacher is advocating for your art program. Feeling vulnerable to budget cuts, constantly aligning with new standards, accommodating everyone’s perception and expectation of what art should be can be very challenging. Recently I asked the Sparklers to share what their biggest struggles are right now in the art room…I love questions like this because it really gives you insight on how people are feeling and what their current struggles are. And the most fascinating thing for me is that everyone can relate. Today’s episode addresses three very common struggles in the art room: reduced class time, art project expectations and explaining or defending art techniques or art philosophies. You may be surprised what all these struggles have in common and how to best eliminate them from your day. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  Why one of the hardest parts about being an art teacher is advocating for your art program Like children, no two art teachers are alike How as a creative you do have the capacity to think outside of the box to solve problems Why you should look at changing your perception of the problem – instead of battling the administration How the amount of excitement you show will affect the engagement of the children How your children are your advocates, and the way you talk to the parents through the art Questions to ask yourself to help define your art room intentions How your end-of-the-year art show will answer every question that parents and administrations have about your art program How the Four Agreements have transformed Patty’s life 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:  Letter to a First Year Art Teacher AME 001 The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz *affiliate...

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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 | 3 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 | 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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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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