Kathy Barbro from Art Projects for Kids speaks with Patty Palmer on Art Made Easy about her after school art program

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Kathy Barbro from Art Projects for Kids speaks with Patty Palmer on Art Made Easy about her after school art program

Kathy Barbro was one of the first art educators to offer online art resources through her site, Art Project for Kids.  No doubt you have seen or purchased her wonderful artist-inspired collaborative murals for your students to color. After speaking with Kathy for the first time in January, I realized there was so much more to Kathy than how-to-draw handouts.

Kathy is a busy gal.

Not only does she teach full-time in Southern California and manages her blog, but she runs a thriving after-school art program. This is where we spent some time. Kathy shares her story of how her after-school program works, how she manages the time and how the financial benefit of the after-school program has changed her life.

This episode is for anyone wishing to learn more about the logistics of operating an after-school art program as well as teaching tips from one of the best art teachers around.

Kathy is truly the most wonderful, giving people I know.  I hope you enjoy getting to meet her.




– How Kathy came up with the idea to sell art murals on her blog Art Project for Kids
– What Kathy does to be able to teach art all day, teach an after-school
program and run a successful online business
– How to add more variety and keep kids engaged in your after school art program

– How Kathy uses Model Magic to engage her students
– What a typical after school program art class looks like for Kathy
– The steps to starting an afterschool program at your school
– Why it’s so important to do what you enjoy when teaching art projects
– Kathy’s thoughts on focus time for kids, and the perfect length for each lesson
– What kept Kathy motivated with her blog, and the best blog platform for someone just starting out
– How to incorporate social media into your business and a resource that can help you do this

Kathy Barbro from Art Projects for Kids speaks with Patty Palmer on Art Made Easy about her after school art program

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  • Kara Sabatella

    oh my gosh!!! having my two fav art teacher bloggers together in a podcast….you had me on bended ear. So wonderful to listen to this.. I have been following both of you since the beginnng so this was a thrill. thank you

  • Mary

    Great podcast! You and Kathy are the “OG’s” of art class blogging. Thanks to you both!

  • Adrienne Viljoen

    Dear Patty

    Thank you for your awesome podcasts. The remind me that I have to start somewhere and that I am not alone as a first time art teacher.
    I’m always so excited to prepare lessons after listening to your podcasts.

    I hope you will be able to put together a podcast on how to incorporate art history into lessons for different ages. I’m really struggling with it.

    Thank you again!

    • Patty Palmer

      Great topic! I’ll look into that. thanks!

  • Sarah B.

    Every child is born with a natural curiosity, creativity and desire to understand the world around them. Quality afterschool programs can help to ignite this passion and make learning fun, relevant and engaging. Great topic! Thanks!

    • Patty Palmer

      Thanks Sarah. I totally agree!

  • Adrianna

    It was very good

  • Andrea Miller Bunnett

    can you send me the after school art guide I’m having issues getting the download

    • Bethany

      Hi Andrea! It’s available now! Just click the download button and we will send it directly to your inbox. Enjoy.

  • Marci

    I can’t download the guide! Clicking on the yellow button doesn’t work.

    • Bethany

      Hi Marci! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. Thanks so much for letting us know that there is an issue with the link. We are working on getting that taken care of, so please try again shortly. Thanks!

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