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My Favorite Books: AME 046

My Favorite Books: AME 046

By on Mar 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Whenever I find myself stuck for inspiration, I always turn to books. Picture books are a secret passion of mine. I love looking at the exquisite illustrations as it puts me back in touch with why art is important. Children learn much about the world through books and as educators we can use books to help children understand what we are teaching. This episode shares my list of favorite art books not just for the art room but for everyday inspiration. LISTEN TO THE SHOW 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.   Books Referenced in Show Laurence Anholt’s Art Series Illustrator Veroniqué Massenot Website and Instagram  Octavia Monaco’s Website The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures by Heather Alexander and Meredith Hamilton Modern Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw The Museum by Susan Verde and Peter H Reynolds Dianna Hutts Aston Books/website A Rock Is Lively A Nest Is Noisy Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal Over and Under the Snow plus project on Deep Space Sparkle Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, Rachael Cole A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California Not discussed in the podcast, but this book is a new discovery! Above and Below by Hanako Clulow Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham NOTE: these links contain affiliate links SHOW NOTES Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop (June 23-24, 2107) Become a Sparkler! Click to sign up for a free lesson and waitlist for The Members Club Todd Oldham’s Product line at...

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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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Avoiding the Comparison Trap: AME 044

Avoiding the Comparison Trap: AME 044

By on Mar 8, 2017 | 9 comments

Have you ever felt defeated when teachers receive more recognition than you? Do you wonder how others get more followers on social media or why some speaker’s sessions are packed? If you ever felt that awful feeling of comparing yourself to others, this episode is for you. I share my business journey from when I started my blog to how I ended up in a mastermind that launched my full-time business. And believe me, I fell into the comparison trap plenty of times! It’s not always easy to avoid comparing yourself to others, especially in this online world, but my three tips will get you thinking about how to reframe your thinking. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How comparison with others has changed since technology has developed How most people will choose their best work to show others How Facebook groups have taken the place of blogs Why you need to be mindful of what you are comparing yourself against Be confident and learn as you grow and be clear on your business culture Why reflection is an important component of defining your success Why you need to constantly improve yourself by learning new skills How a mastermind group transformed Patty’s business Why you don’t have to utilize every social media platform that’s available LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 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: Cassie Stephens Marketing & Business Experts/Podcasts: Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy James Wedmore and his Video Marketing School Marie Forleo’s B-School Nic Hahn Art Made Easy 035 Brené Brown Daring...

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Family Art Nights: AME 043

Family Art Nights: AME 043

By on Mar 1, 2017 | 2 comments

Hosting a family art night can be the best way to build support for your art program, boost parent involvement and advocate for your program within your community. In this episode, I share my experiences with my own family art night both as a parent and as the organizer. I walk you through what worked for me, how I set up the event, what projects were successful ( and which ones weren’t!) and ways to incorporate fundraising. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How to set your intentions for the event and why it’s important What a family art night can offer families in regard to a community building and bonding experience How a check-in table can get the parents involved (and informed) The benefits of a hostess How to choose the right art projects for your event How to create an Art Board for self-guided art exploration How to manage wet art projects LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 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.     DOWNLOAD YOUR FAMILY ART PROJECT GUIDE SHOW NOTES:  Symmetrical Butterflies Foam Printing  Antique Flower Still Life Paint Brush Rocket Mural Project Circle Painting...

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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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