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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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Top Podcast Episodes of 2016

Top Podcast Episodes of 2016

By on Dec 26, 2016 | 2 comments

It’s been a wonderful experience creating the Art Made Easy podcast for you. I’ve been a huge fan of podcasts for years and while I have always hated the sound of my voice, I wanted to have conversations with folks in the creative space. Podcasting seemed like the best way to do that and have you join the fun, too. It started a bit rough. I spent weeks learning how to record and edit the episodes and many frustrating days converting the MP3 files. It wasn’t until my friend Rick Mulready suggested I hire a podcast editor that the podcast became manageable. Best advice 0f 2016, I swear. I interviewed so many amazing people. And because of you, Art Made Easy was on the What’s Hot list in iTunes from the very first week of launching and stayed on the What’s Hot list in K-12 Education ever since. Of all the folks I interviewed, a few really stood out. These are the episodes that I learned the most from or who inspired me the most.  It just so happens that you felt the same way because these were some of the most downloaded episodes: 1. Episode 015: Drawing with Kids & How to Make Awesome Videos with Rob Jensen. Within minutes of talking to Rob, I knew why he has amassed over a half a million YouTube subscribers and why he resonates with so many: he’s just so darn nice. And super creative. He lives in a space of abundance and shares his love of drawing to thousands of followers each week. Of course, I wanted to know how he creates his videos so I asked a lot of questions. If you are interested in creating some art videos and how to promote on social media, Rob tells you how it’s done. 2. Episode 012: Simple Classroom Management Techniques with Michael Linsin: There is no an art teacher on earth who has perfected the art of classroom management but using Michael’s techniques, we can come pretty darn close. Really. His advice is so logical that we come away feeling confident that we can tackle even the most problematic situations. If you want to start the year off on the right foot, have a listen to a few strategies that are guaranteed to help you in...

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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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How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

How to Handle the Holiday Crush – Art Made Easy 034

By on Nov 23, 2016 | 0 comments

The holidays don’t need to be a time for stressful schedules and hectic classes. Make this season your best ever by determining what your holiday intentions are, how to navigate your school’s holiday celebration parameters and what projects to do with your students that will deliver smiles for all. In this episode, Patty addresses the big issues art teachers face every December: What should you do when your school doesn’t celebrate the Holidays? How to handle children who can’t participate in anything remotely seasonal. How to set your intentions so you can enjoy the season and bring focus to what brings you happiness. A list of non-religious art projects you can do in a short amount of time. How Parkinson’s Law applies to teaching art 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. 5 NON-RELIGIOUS ART PROJECTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Click the yellow button below and add your name and email to the form to download your project plan. NOTE: The PDF will be sent to your email. Make sure to enter a correct email address and check your junk mail. SHOW NOTES: Teachers Pay Teachers : Deep Space Sparkle will be participating in the Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale on November 28 and 29....

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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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