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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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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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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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Life After Teaching – Art Made Easy 027

Life After Teaching – Art Made Easy 027

By on Sep 29, 2016 | 12 comments

Are you dreaming of what life will look like after you retire from teaching art? Or perhaps you’ve had enough of teaching and are ready to move on? Today’s episode helps a reader bridge the gap between finding happiness as a K-8 public elementary art teacher and her dreams of opening up a children’s art studio. This is Part I of a two-part series on exploring creative opportunities after teaching. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What are three main courses of action you can take when you feel like you’re ready to switch things up How it was a natural progression for me to move from teaching art to starting a blog What the word “inspire” means to me Why you shouldn’t underestimate the power of creating something everyday that’s just for you How its possible (and so important) to merge your hobbies and interests with teaching and how it can benefit both you and your students in the art room Why learning a new skill just might awaken the future entrepreneur inside of you How lessons learned from TV shows can help you connect with your students Why earning money from selling teaching resources can boost not only your pocketbook but your enthusiasm for the work you do How presenting at events and teaching workshops can be exciting opportunities to grow and help you prepare for your future Why you need to make the decisions on the curriculum (not children or parents) if you are teaching out of your home studio LISTEN TO THE SHOW 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:  Cassie Stephens’ Blog Creativebug Teachers Pay Teachers Art Made Easy 021, with Ginger Bowerman Pacer Laura Lohmann’s Website National Arts Education Association Art Made Easy 002, with Heidi Easley Art Made Easy 009, with Megan...

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How to Host Your Own Art Workshop – Art Made Easy 018

How to Host Your Own Art Workshop – Art Made Easy 018

By on May 4, 2016 | 7 comments

Do peers ever ask you to share your teaching secrets?  Do you specialize in an area of art-making? Does generating extra income sound appealing? If there is a yes in there somewhere, this episode is for you. In this episode, I unpack how I developed and executed my successful Art Workshop. I break down the process from the idea to how to book a facility to structuring the projects plus much more. This process may sound scary or unrealistic to some of you. You maybe asking why anyone would attend your workshop, let alone pay for one. But they will. You can put on a small event with 10 teachers or a large one with 50! This show is for anyone who has a desire to share their art experience through a workshop and earn extra income in the process. After you listen to the show, make sure to download my free Art Workshop Guide that will help you plan YOUR own art workshop.   LISTEN TO THE SHOW:       HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN ART WORKSHOP Here are some common questions you may ask yourself as you think about whether you should host your own workshop: How many people should I have and where will I host it? Workshops can be as small as just a few people or as large as a couple of hundred—or more. – Less than 10 people allows you to host the workshop in your home. -10-25 means you’ll need a larger room like a neighborhood club house or classroom at school – 25-75 means you’ll need to rent a space in a school, community center, etc. – Larger than that and you’ll need to look for facilities that specialize in events for larger groups. Popular choices are hotels and colleges and universities. What qualifications do I need to have? You may wonder what qualifications you need to host your own workshop especially if you are charging a fee. As far as I am concerned, you don’t need any special qualification to teach what you know. Other than being good at what you do, people will either pay you for your skills or not. What should I teach? This is entirely up to you. Sometimes you don’t know what you are really good at until someone points...

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Matisse-Inspired Backdrop

Matisse-Inspired Backdrop

By on Apr 25, 2016 | 7 comments

I really don’t know what happened. I was in the middle of writing copy for my newsletter when my eyes settled on a Matisse book. I have a large format one that’s meant for coffee tables so it’s quite a distraction. The next minute I was drawing large organic shapes and cutting them out wondering what I should do with them. And then of course, I was on my hands and knees painting the reverse side of my painted backdrop that I use for some of my videos. Sorry newsletter. You just weren’t intriguing enough. I don’t know if you make videos but it’s always fun to have a few backgrounds to capture the mood of your reels instead of shooting with a bed or a couch in the background. And by the state of my bed and my couch, I wouldn’t do that to you. I love Alisa Burke’s colorful backdrops, so she’s the real inspiration, not Matisse. If you don’t need the backdrop fro videos, I think it would make a fun backdrop for a photo booth.   Would you like to make one? Here’s how:   THE DRAWING First off all, I used an old king size sheet painted with regular household latex paint. I placed the sheet on the garage floor over top of some painting drop cloths. This is necessary because the latex paint will seep through the fabric. I painted the sheet with an off-white as that’s what I had on hand. Bright white would be better if you had a choice. After the paint has dried, you can paint whatever you want on top of the white paint. I’ve done a few things like painted aqua swirls, which you can see here. For the Matisse backdrop, I drew some large organic shapes on 8 x 10 cardstock. You want at least two large scale shapes and a couple of medium shapes. The smaller shapes can be drawn directly onto the backdrop. Starting at the top of the sheet, trace the templates, mixing the order, turning up side down and reversing the shapes. If there is extra space, I added a round shape to fill the space. MIXING THE PAINT This was the hardest part. I wanted to go...

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