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How to Incorporate STEAM Projects Into Your Art Room: AME 045

How to Incorporate STEAM Projects Into Your Art Room: AME 045

By on Mar 15, 2017 | 2 comments

Are you wondering what STEAM based art education is all about?  Art teacher Amy Zschaber will shine the light on what’s possible for art educators. Quite honestly, I was never a fan of replacing studio arts with anything digital or math related. Now I realize how short sighted I was. Amy describes an art curriculum that is rich in both creativity and discovery. In this episode, Amy shares her journey as an art educator, how she went from confused to confident and strategies to make the best in a struggling school environment.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Amy designs lesson plans to fit with the environment she’s teaching in How having the proper credentials gives you a new sense of confidence How a STEAM project differs from other art projects Tips on how art teachers can work with general education teachers in regards to lesson plans How overcoming limitations, like lack of supplies, can be the foundation of really great lessons The importance of changing your mindset for the children 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: Amy’s blog Artful Arts Amy Piskel App Faces iMake App Moma Art Lab App for iPad Digital Art Specialist Tricia Fuglestad   Christopher Sweeney Ultimaker Website Amy Zschaber is an award-winning Art teacher from California. She began teaching in 2005 after discovering she had a “knack” for putting steps to elaborate art-based projects as a summer camp instructor. Her blog, Artful Artsy Amy shares her most popular STEAM based Art Units with...

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How I teach Directed Line Drawings

How I teach Directed Line Drawings

By on Mar 13, 2017 | 3 comments

You either love ’em art hate ’em. Directed drawings can be the antithesis of your art philosophy or your biggest joy. I happen to fall a bit in between. I used directed line drawings (or guided drawings) with my younger set to get them accustomed to art room procedures, pacing and listening skills. And while achieving these things is great for the teacher, directed drawings also provide an enormous benefits to children. This video, podcast (below) and PDF download will help you identify when directed drawings are beneficial and when they need to be replaced with observational drawings. Listen to Art Made Easy 025: All About Guided Drawings To download the PDF, click the YELLOW box, add your name and email and you will automatically receive the download. Check your...

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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 | 4 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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