Art Made Easy Podcast #005: Artful practices for Young Artists with Rachelle Doorley

Artful Practices for Young Makers with Rachelle Doorley: AME 005



Art Made Easy Podcast #005: Artful practices for Young Artists with Rachelle Doorley

Today is episode 5 of Art made Easy. I promised you back in November that if I decided to host a podcast, I would commit to at least 6-months. The learning curve has been steep and the investment of time is immense, but I love having conversations with creative folks in our industry. I’m learning how a podcast works ( as many of you are!) so please bear with me as I learn how to interview, talk into a mic and carry a conversation for 45-minutes. That’s the fun part; moving past comfort zones and learning new things.

Today I talk with Rachelle Doorley of the blog Tinkerlab and the author of the book, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide For Little Inventors. Rachelle is a former costume designer turned art educator turned blogger and author.  She shares a vast amount of information about creating art with younger children in both her blog, book and now this show.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is creating art in a home environment especially with preschool children and for those who are interested in how to cultivate creative growth. 



-How Rachelle’s childhood influenced her career path

– How to develop and honor a child’s creative development

Questions to ask before the start of an art activity or play experiment

– How to set up a self-serve art & activity station

Basic art supplies for little makers

Ten Tinkerlab Habits of Mind (you can download the PDF below)

– How technology plays with creativity

– How to embrace mess and workarounds

–  The concept of failing forward

– What Art Education means to Rachelle

Reggio Approach to student learning



Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

The Creative Table

The Best Playdough Recipe 

DSS Play Doh Color wheel

How to make Goop (Oobleck)

Stop Motion Animation

Beautiful Oops!

Mouse Paint

Howard Gardner

Keri Smith Wreck This Journal 

The 5-Minute Journal 

Don’t Move the Muffin Tins: A Hands-Off Guide to Art for the Young Child


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Art Made Easy 005: Artful practices with Young Artists with Rachelle Doorley

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  • katepickle

    I’m so excited to have found another awesome podcast to listen to! Off to download now!

    • Patty Palmer

      So glad you like podcast! I’m a bit obsessed. Thanks for listening!

  • Agnes Hsu

    Love Tinkerlab and also your awesome art ideas. Can’t wait to take a listen!

  • Ana

    This interview was wonderful! I loved hearing all of Rachelle’s tips and the shared philosophy you guys have with respect to making art with kids and fostering their creative exploration! THANK YOU!

    • Patty Palmer

      Thanks Ana. I agree, rochelle is wonderful. Her daughters are two lucky girls!

  • Louise

    Patty I’m inundated. Where do I start?

    • patty.palmer@deepspacesparkle.com

      Hi Louise,
      I’d like to help. Where do you start with what exactly? Can you give specifics?

  • Toro

    I’ve loved this podcast from the start (where have you been all my podcast life?)..this one is my favorite so far. Or at least the one I’ve emailed for goodies and bought a book from. Thank you, both of you gals!

    • Patty

      Thank you!!!

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