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How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

By on May 24, 2017 | 2 comments

The absolute worst experience for any teacher is receiving a negative comment from a parent or peer. When the negative comment comes in the form of an email asking why you disciplined a child the way you did, you start to question everything. But it doesn’t have to derail your efforts. By examining the perspective of both the parent, student and the teacher, you start to see that everyone is after the same thing. This week’s episode answers a question from a Sparkler. Here’s the question: How do you balance all the positive feedback with that one email from a parent about how you’ve disciplined their child and they dread coming to art? IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How there are three groups of people involved in an escalation of emotions Why it’s beneficial to establish relationships with as many parents as you can Why you should try to avoid connecting with parents via email How it’s important to get to know the children outside of the classroom (like on the playground, for example) Why feeding the negative energy of a parent will not provide a resolution Why children respond best to a consistent classroom management plan and how that builds trust LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE ARE A FEW THINSG TO KEEP IN MIND: 1. Parent’s Perspective Allow parents to explain or vent or say what they have to say. Don’t feed or antagonize the situation by explaining what was really going on. They don’t want to hear it…at least not yet. You never know what kind of day this person has had. It feels horrible to be on the wrong end of someone’s bad day so allowing space for the person to vent is the fastest way to resolution. Accept responsibility and suggest a solution. Tell her you understand how hard it can be to understand what goes on inside a classroom. Students are very different with parents than with teachers. And kids are different with one teacher than another. 2. Student’s Perspective All students want to be good. They want to learn. They want to come to class. No kid wants to go to class with a grumpy teacher or a teacher who is always mad at...

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A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

By on May 17, 2017 | 2 comments

Teaching art to kids in your home or at school for the very first time is exciting, but challenging. Developing your teaching style, understanding how children create, and determining what style of lessons to teach can be a slow process. Today’s show features Deep Space Sparkle member, Lesly Chamate from Florida. As a first time art teacher, Lesly joined our Sparkler community to learn how to teach art to kids. Over the past year she has grown from a mom unsure how to teach art to kids to dreaming of how to expand her small studio to reach even more kids and adults. We chat about how to manage children working at different paces, how to deliver art instructions so all children are eager to participate and how to optimize an art studio with limited space. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What the differences are between teaching inside and outside of the home How to set the right intention when kids want to do their own thing How Lesly has evolved as an art teacher by constantly learning new things What you can do when your children work at different paces Why a curious teacher is the best type of teacher How you don’t have to do everything when starting out, but build from where you’re at What Lesly is doing to grow as an artist and ways she’s looking to expand what services she offers LISTEN TO THE SHOW SHOW NOTES Laura Lohmann’s, Painted Paper Art Rachelle Doorley’s, Tinker Lab Creativebug Creative Boot Camp with Lisa Congdon Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothman (affiliate link) Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way by Jennifer Orkin Lewis (affiliate link) Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas by Dr.Sally Hodson & Ann Jones (affiliate...

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6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

By on May 10, 2017 | 3 comments

Classroom management is one of the hardest elements of being an art teacher. If you don’t have a plan, philosophy or strategy then art-making takes a back seat. I believe it’s all about creating an environment in which your students look forward to coming to your class and equally important, creating an environment in which YOU want to come to class. Here are my 6 factors to consider when making your classroom management plan. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Why the environment in the art room is so important to consider How I used my own energy as a basis for my art room environment Why inspiring lessons are so valuable Why you don’t need to overthink the structure of your lessons How I set the expectations in my art room How your ego can work against you and take away perspective Why having trust with children is so important (and how to maintain it) LISTEN TO THE SHOW SHOW NOTES Jess Lively’s Think About It The Intersection of Rational Mind and Intuitive Guidance with Erin Loechner Smart Classroom Management Painted Paper Art AME 016: 5 Mindset Shifts That Made A Difference In My Life AME 042: How To Engage, Inspire And Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (affiliate link) A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (affiliate...

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3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint: AME 052

3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint: AME 052

By on May 3, 2017 | 0 comments

When it comes to painting techniques, most of us think about watercolor paints. There is so much you can do with these watery colors: resist, wet-on-wet, salting, etc. But if you use liquid tempera paint for most of your art projects, you may feel like you’re stuck with a simple stroke application. For me, tempera paints offer kids the chance to explore paint mixing and achieve bold blasts of color. This podcast explains why I love using tempera paint, what type of brands are best, and how to get the most out of using tempera paints. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Why tempera paints are great to use in a classroom or home setting How not all tempera paints are high-quality and what to look for when choosing brands Why double loading your paint brush allows for a beautiful application of color (and saves you time) How the scratching technique can be tricky, but fun if you keep the shapes abstract How smoothing works to encourage children to use more even paint strokes Why it’s beneficial to use as little water as possible with your tempera paints LISTEN TO THE SHOW   SHOW NOTES Van Gogh Irises Art Lesson & Video Instruction Double Loading Painting Technique (with video) 3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint Smoothing Painting Technique (with...

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Summer Camp Start-Up Advice: AME 051

Summer Camp Start-Up Advice: AME 051

By on Apr 26, 2017 | 10 comments

As the school year starts to wind down, now is a good time to consider your summer plans. I hope they involve a deck and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc but if your mind is wandering towards earning some extra money, this episode is for you. I want to give you permission to finally say YES to your dreams of hosting a summer camp, starting your own studio or paint party class. Whatever it is, operating a small, part-time business that features your talents can be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. This is not a checklist of how-to items: this is your call to action. To dig deep and figure out why you want to teach kids art in your off hours and why now is your time. Ready to dive in? IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How anyone can start a business with the right motivation! Why you shouldn’t give your stuff away for free and how even getting paid minimally for your work gives you the capacity to do more What is beta testing and how it works Why you should always consider what fills you up and gives you energy How to promote your camp without spending money Why setting expectations is the most important thing that you can do LISTEN TO THE SHOW   DOWNLOAD YOUR SUMMER CAMP ART GUIDE SHOW NOTES: Episode 018: Host Your Own Art Workshop Episode 002: Painting Parties and Overcoming Obstacles with Heidi Easley Episode 039: Success Secrets of a Process Based Art Studio with Meri Cherry...

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Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

Teaching Art at Home: AME 049

By on Apr 12, 2017 | 8 comments

With the deadline of my first book approaching, I have uncovered a few differences between teaching art in a small group setting and teaching art in a classroom. Having a series of private workshops for the kids who are helping me with my book has allowed me to witness first hand what a private or small-group based art-making experience is like for parents and studio owners.  I’m able to explore paint options and drawing techniques that I might have avoided in a traditional classroom setting but seems really natural with a small group. While the distinctions will be featured in my book, today’s episode will identify my initial reactions to the differences. Today’s episode is an informal chat about what I discovered and how it will impact my book. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How I use workshops in my studio to help write my book How the projects in the book differs from lessons plans found on Deep Space Sparkle The differences in teaching for specific grade levels as opposed to a range of children’s ages The benefits of leaving one part of an art project structured and leaving the rest to a child’s creativity What art supplies are great for small groups but not suited for large classroom settings How children react differently in a classroom setting versus a small group setting   SHOW NOTES:  My book deal and writing a book proposal Join The Members Club...

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