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<p>Art Made Easy – A weekly podcast designed to help you navigate the world of teaching art to kids.</p>

Top Tips for being an Awesome Art Room Volunteer- Art Made Easy 033

Top Tips for being an Awesome Art Room Volunteer- Art Made Easy 033

By on Nov 9, 2016 | 0 comments

In today’s episode, I answer a question from Ashley, a member of Deep Space Sparkle’s Members’ Club. Ashley asks, How do you train volunteers so they become an art room asset instead of a liability? This is such a great question. I’ve been a volunteer in my children’s classes and had the opportunity to work with some of the best parents in the world.  And let me just say, there’s a learning curve to both sides. In this episode I help you clarify the message and task list you send to your volunteers and help parents maximize their time spent as a volunteer.   If you are an art teacher, this is what you’ll learn: How taking a few minutes to write down what you need help with can save time for both you and the parent Why you need to communicate clearly and professionally what needs to be done (just because they are volunteers doesn’t mean their time is unlimited)! How delegating the right task to the right volunteer will result in a more efficient classroom How having a parent with photography skills can benefit you How any negativity and distractions can disrupt the learning experience Why it’s important to accept the outcome and realize that the job might not be done to the same level that you could do it If you are a volunteer, this is what you’ll learn: Why it’s helpful to tell the teacher your parameters beforehand How listening to the teacher’s demonstration and being prepared to help will make you a more effective volunteer Why you need to help every child in the classroom, and not just your own When volunteering, why hiring a babysitter is a good plan How being a worker and finishing the task at hand will allow you to be of the most benefit to the class 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: Artsonia...

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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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How to Manage Overwhelm: Art Made Easy 031

How to Manage Overwhelm: Art Made Easy 031

By on Oct 26, 2016 | 9 comments

Are you feeling overwhelmed? I must admit that this year has been an intentionally busy one for me. In order to prevent overwhelm, I fall back on 5 strategies that keep me focused on what is important, what I value and the most important tasks I need to accomplished in a day. This episode will help you identify when you are about to go down that overwhelm hole and how to get yourself back on track. After you listen to the episode, let me know how you handle overwhelm. Share in the comments below… IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How change can never happen without some level of being uncomfortable How the recent expansion of Deep Space Sparkle is exciting, but overwhelming at the same time The three main factors that contribute to overwhelm When you give yourself permission to alter things with your own twists, the expectation placed on you go way down How saying “Yes” too many times can lead to you feeling depleted How information overload can lead you down the rabbit hole of overwhelm, and how choosing what to focus on can help Why that “little voice” in our head doesn’t serve us How the mind is a powerful tool that can be used to your advantage when facing overwhelm Why going for a walk in nature often solves everything, particularly for someone who is introverted 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: AME 016: 5 Mindset Shifts That Made a Difference in my Life AME 026: Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61) A New Earth with Oprah and Eckhart 10-part...

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Crafting with Red Ted Art: Art Made Easy 030

Crafting with Red Ted Art: Art Made Easy 030

By on Oct 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Do you love creating crafts with your kids? Or creating art based on famous artists? Learn how engineer turned crafter, Maggy Woodley started Red Ted Art, an arts & craft blog for kids. The success of her blog lead to her first book deal, Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids and grew her Facebook page to 1.8 million fans and almost 91K subscribers on You Tube. Amazing, right? Maggy was so much fun to talk to. She shares so many secrets of how she grew her blog following while raising a family. Even if you aren’t a blogger, I know you’ll find so many gems in this conversation. Enjoy the show! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How getting content out there can help you define your niche How Maggy defines art vs. crafts What types of recycled materials around the house can be used (instead of expensive supplies) Maggy’s favorite craft products from Red Ted Art How she uses Facebook and YouTube to build a following with both adults and children Advice from Maggy on starting a blog and the challenges that come with it Why building a network or meeting blogging friends can help you succeed The benefits of blogging courses and why waiting six months proves your chances to succeed. What resource Maggy calls “Invaluable” 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: Red Ted Art blog Red Ted Art Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids YouTube Facebook Barbara Richardson Andy Goldsworthy Lesson on DSS Check out Maggy’s favorite crafts – Walnut Babies and Halloween Lanterns...

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Perfect Timing: Solutions for Early Finishers – Art Made Easy 029

Perfect Timing: Solutions for Early Finishers – Art Made Easy 029

By on Oct 12, 2016 | 6 comments

Do you get frustrated when your students rush to finish a project to work on free drawing or a coloring sheet? Do you find you are constantly being challenge to find solutions for early finishers? In this episode of Art Made Easy, I walk you through strategies to help your students finish an art project during the scheduled time plus tips to help you assess your lesson timelines, free choice activities and grade-level projects. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  Why you really need to step back and look at the reasons why timing is problematic in the first place What to expect when kids begin art projects How providing predictability in what your children can expect in the art room can go a long way in gauging how long it will take them to do a certain task How demonstrations can be used before, and during a lesson, to grow the listening and attention skills of your students Why your reaction matters The benefits of sticking to a lesson that was tested for that grade level Why setting up as many limitations as possible for the “perfectionist” student is the best thing you can do How to use free choice time effectively Why portfolios can be a good alternative to free choice The benefits of directed line drawings and how they can be used to help get a handle on how long children are able to work on a project Patty’s strategies and script for teaching a direct drawing 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 Draw & Paint a ¾ View Snowman Art Project How to Draw a Snowman without using Circles Art Project AME 025: All About Guided Drawings All About Free-Choice Art...

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Life After Teaching Part II – Art Made Easy 028

Life After Teaching Part II – Art Made Easy 028

By on Oct 6, 2016 | 3 comments

Have you ever wondered whether you could run your own creative business? In this episode, I’ll walk you through what its like owning a business, qualities you need to possess to be an entrepreneur and what to look for when deciding what type of business you would like to run. This episode is perfect for anyone who is looking to supplement a teaching income, explore ways to teach art outside of school and general tips for starting your own creative business. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What my definition of entrepreneurship is and the various ups and downs of being an entrepreneur Why it’s important to let your business develop organically How with being an entrepreneur, all the freedom/responsibility is on you What qualities are key for being an entrepreneur How to solve problems and conflicts without getting personal How to grow your business by systemizing How to determine what people want then take the lesson a little bit further to give them what they need What is the “hand maker” movement and why is it gaining popularity? How to set up your environment and get the rules and regulations from your Chamber of Commerce Why videos can enhance your online business and blogs and podcasts can help you excel How to charge for your services What is test marketing and competitive shopping 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:  Art Made Easy 027: Life After Teaching – Part I James Wedmore Art Projects For Kids Art Made Easy 010: Tips For Running An After-School Art Program with Kathy Barbro WHATEVER… blog, Meg Duerksen While She Naps, Abby Glassenberg CraftSanity Blog and Podcast, Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood...

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