5 Step Framework for Teaching Art to Kids: Art Made Easy podcast with Patty Palmer and guest Kat Clarke

The 5 Step Framework That Will Transform Your Art Room: AME 116



Are you looking for ways to cultivate creativity, choice and personal expression in your art room? Today’s guest, Kat Clarke shares the five questions she asks her students as they work through an art project. If you need an injection of inspiration or an alternative way to approach teaching art, I invite you to listen to today’s episode.

Kat’s journey to becoming an art teacher wasn’t easy. She didn’t have a curriculum or guideline in which to develop her program. Perhaps like many of you, she had to come up with her own lessons and teaching style. Her philosophy of “start by making a mess” and “do it your way” evolved quickly because of her innate ability to see art through the eyes of her students.

Today’s episodes shares Kat’s 5 Step Framework that she developed to help her students think about their own creativity and to provide lifelong skills that children could use beyond the classroom. It’s a brilliant process and we’re happy to share it with you.


– What allowed Kat to have confidence and courage in her creativity

– How she got started in the school system and what led her to becoming an art teacher

– Why seeking out creative a community was important to Kat’s development as an art teacher

– Kat’s 5 Step Framework that she uses for every lesson in her art room




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  • Heike

    Hi Patty,
    I so enjoyed your podcast with Kat. I love her approach to teaching children how to find their own creativity through choice making and exploration while learning techniques and skills. Wonderful to listen to you both!

    • Patty

      Thanks you so much Heike…Kat was wonderful. And I truly enjoyed her process. What a treat to be able to listen to her process.

  • Ruth Post

    GREAT quote from Kat: “You need to be with them, not them with you.”
    The best teachers know how to relate to children in their view of the world.

  • Jane Lewis

    Thank you so very much! I’m returning to the classroom after 11 years of mentoring new art teachers.

    • Kat clarke

      That sounds really interesting. I’ve just started mentoring others, makes you really think through your own practise.

  • Jacel Rodriguez

    Thank you, I was looking for something like this to break down and help try this with a group of students.

    • Kat clarke

      Great. So glad it helps. X

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