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Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

By on Apr 12, 2017 | 8 comments

With the deadline of my first book approaching, I have uncovered a few differences between teaching art in a small group setting and teaching art in a classroom. Having a series of private workshops for the kids who are helping me with my book has allowed me to witness first hand what a private or small-group based art-making experience is like for parents and studio owners.  I’m able to explore paint options and drawing techniques that I might have avoided in a traditional classroom setting but seems really natural with a small group. While the distinctions will be featured in my book, today’s episode will identify my initial reactions to the differences. Today’s episode is an informal chat about what I discovered and how it will impact my book. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How I use workshops in my studio to help write my book How the projects in the book differs from lessons plans found on Deep Space Sparkle The differences in teaching for specific grade levels as opposed to a range of children’s ages The benefits of leaving one part of an art project structured and leaving the rest to a child’s creativity What art supplies are great for small groups but not suited for large classroom settings How children react differently in a classroom setting versus a small group setting   SHOW NOTES:  My book deal and writing a book proposal Join The Members Club...

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A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

By on Apr 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Marisa is a former K-8 art teacher from Georgia who was one of over 500 people who applied for a job as a standards writer for Deep Space Sparkle last Spring. Marisa helps teachers all over the world by providing documentation for all of the DSS lessons inside The Members Club. Life has changed a lot for Marisa, who went from working as an art teacher to staying home with her newborn so she could work from home. It’s not always an easy transition but she moved through it beautifully. Her positive approach to life has allowed her to make the decisions that have been right for her family. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Marisa stuck with her love of teaching art, against the advisement of others What grades and ages were more challenging for her than others The various challenges of grading children’s artwork Why Marisa always chooses to do what she loves (and how to see the value in that) How your goals and dreams can change with different seasons of your life How taking risks led her to her happiness Why finding time to create art for yourself is so important LISTEN TO THE SHOW:   SHOW NOTES: Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinter Marisa’s Instagram To see what a K-2 rubric looks like for one of our lessons inside the membership, feel free to  DOWNLOAD this FREE LESSON from THE MEMBERS CLUB: INTERESTED IN JOINING THE MEMBERS CLUB? Public enrollment happens in August and January but occasionally, we have a VIP enrollment period for those on our wait list. To add your name to the waitlist, CLICK HERE. TO HEAR MARISA IN PERSON, join us at our DSS LIVE! event on June 23-24th in Santa Barbara....

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From Nurse to Watercolor Artist with Gina Lee Kim: AME 047

From Nurse to Watercolor Artist with Gina Lee Kim: AME 047

By on Mar 29, 2017 | 2 comments

Did you go to school for one thing only to end up doing something entirely different?  Most often these types of career pivots happen to us once we discover that we need to create. If you yearn to create art full-time but are in a job you know isn’t meant for you, Gina’s story will resonate with you. Gina shares what moved her to create art, how she got published in magazines and how it all lead to a book deal. Gina shares practical tips on how to keep inspired and how to work through obstacles. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How Gina used art therapy with her patients Why it’s important to allow yourself to be a sponge for inspiration When Gina does her best work Why Gina loves watercolor paint and the secret benefits of painting with watercolor paints What gave Gina the bravery to pursue her artwork submissions Why it is important to carve out creative time How clutter can effect your creativity How Gina curates her studio space so that she is ready to create How organizing your supplies can re-acquaint you their purpose Why there is power in series work 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.   LINKS: Lisa Congdon & Kamala Chambers Thriving Launch podcast Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine Hidden Brain from NPR Abby Glassenberg’s While She Naps podcast How I Built This from NPR Brains On! from NPR Planet Money from NPR How To Be Amazing with Michael Ann Black Before Gina became a nurse, she took her first watercolor class at a local community college while working at a corporate job. She continued her watercolor obsession and taught children, youth and adult watercolor workshops as a volunteer for the Audubon Society. She continued to teach as a nursing student. Gina is currently working on a watercolor and mixed-media book which will be out February 2018 (NorthLight Publishing). Create with Gina! Join us at the Deep Space Sparkle Workshop. Connect with Gina Gina’s website Gina on Instagram Gina’s Twitter...

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My Favorite Books: AME 046

My Favorite Books: AME 046

By on Mar 22, 2017 | 1 comment

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 | 3 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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