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Teaching Art in a Remote Village in Northern India: AME 059

Teaching Art in a Remote Village in Northern India: AME 059

By on Jun 20, 2017 | 3 comments

How do you introduce children to art in a remote region of the world where  children have little exposure to expressive art? Where do you start? Where do you find supplies? Celia Fisher not only has the resume, but the passion. Working with slum kids in Southern India, an indigenous school in Queensland and at an International school in Vietnam, Celia knows what is required to create an art program that celebrates children. In our third installment of our summer podcast series, Art Stories Around the World, Celia shares what it’s like to teach in a school she and her husband built in Northern India. Scroll down to download the art project created by Celia that represents her student’s village. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: • Celia’s biggest challenges and the strategies she uses to overcome them. • How this rural community views education and how that differs from other cultures. • Why Celia does the work she does, even when the community doesn’t understand its importance • How she is able to broaden the children’s knowledge of culture and their ways of thinking on a daily basis DOWNLOAD A LESSON GUIDE… In the interview, Celia paints a lovely picture of what its like living in this part of the world: how the rainy season impacts the community, the topography of the region and how art is perceived. Celia offers two approaches to bringing art to her students in a way that connects them with their community. You can download this Lesson Guide BY CLICKING THE BLUE BOX BELOW: LISTEN TO THE SHOW QUESTIONS FOR OUR LISTENERS: Have you ever been to India? Have you created an art project based on the Indian culture? I’d love to hear what your experiences have...

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Art Stories From Around the World- Bahrain: AME 058

Art Stories From Around the World- Bahrain: AME 058

By on Jun 14, 2017 | 2 comments

Sana Asad is the second art teacher featured in our summer art series, Art Stories from Around the World by sharing her experiences while teaching art in Bahrain. Born in Pakistan and into a culture where art is considered a craft to pass the time, Sana stuck to her dream of pursuing a career in art. After moving to Saudi Arabia and later to Bahrain, Sana opened an art studio in her home and began teaching children. Now she has a full-time after school art schedule, teaches workshops to adults and plans beautiful exhibits of her students work. Today, we’re traveling to Bahrain to meet art teacher, Sana Asad. Make sure to download Sana’s Bahrain Inspired art projects! Scroll down for the download button. https://d3ndagut9sanks.cloudfront.net/2017-D/VID-06/AME+058+Sana+Asad+Video.mp4 IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What art was like for Sana growing up in Pakistan How there are certain challenges teaching art in Bahrain Why she doesn’t only teach drawing and sketching What the difference is between teaching in the public school system versus private institutions in Bahrain What’s the most popular social media platform in the Middle East Why word of mouth is more valuable than anything to Sana LISTEN TO THE SHOW DOWNLOAD 2 FREE LESSONS! Sana created two art projects that represent Bahrain: An architectural lesson that merges POP art and color theory (ages 6-10) and a Hamsa Fiber Arts project that builds fine motor skills (ages 3-5). Just click on the blue box, add your name and email and watch your inbox! LINKS Wild About Art and Craft Facebook Page AME 057: Art Stories from Around the World –...

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Art Stories From Around the World-China: AME 057

Art Stories From Around the World-China: AME 057

By on Jun 7, 2017 | 3 comments

I’m so excited to kick off our summer podcast series, Art Stories from Around the World! After starting Deep Space Sparkle’s membership program last year, I couldn’t help but marvel at what global sharing community we created. We have members from every corner of the globe…Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, France, UK, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India….it goes on and on. What we all notice and appreciate is that we share the same passion. And it is surprising how similar our struggles are. Whether you’re teaching around a kitchen table in Wisconsin or at an International School in Wuhan, we can all relate to the joys and struggles of being an art teacher. Lexi Conrad kicks off our summer art series, Art Stories from Around the World by sharing her experiences while teaching art in China. I have always wondered how creativity is taught in China. Do schools embrace art in the same way as we do in America? Is the art focused on realism or rote mechanics? How do the children behave? is classroom management a big deal like it is here? So many questions! Lexi was so kind to walk us through what it’s like teaching to her group of international students. She shares what the differences are between private and public schools and the surprising differences in how the Chinese people view art. Make sure to download the Chinese Clay Bells art project that Lexi created for you! Scroll down for the download button. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How the amazing art experiences Lexi herself had at a young age influenced her own teaching style What effects censorship and cultural differences have teaching art in China How the Chinese community at large embraces art What can happen when you have access to beautiful art supplies Lexi’s favorite projects and how she’s introduced art to her colleagues in China LISTEN TO THE SHOW SHOW NOTES Lexi created this clay art project to represent the historical significance of bells in the town of Wuhan, China.  To access this free art project, just click on the blue button below. Subscribe to Art Made Easy in iTunes so you won’t miss the next episode of the Summer Podcast Series, Art Stories...

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Teaching Art to Children with Special Needs: AME 056

Teaching Art to Children with Special Needs: AME 056

By on May 31, 2017 | 3 comments

There is a huge effort to mainstream children with special needs but often teachers have no formal training in the special needs area. Debi London experienced this first hand as an art teacher and as a mother of a child with autism how important it is to be aware of the small things a teacher can do to create a warm, nurturing and inspiring environment for all children. This episode is for art teachers seeking inspiration and guidance from another art teacher who has walked the walk. Learn how Debi approaches her lessons, how she sets up her classroom to accommodate all learners and the resources that have made a difference to her. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Helpful tips for helping you to create an art program that is accessible for all children Why it’s important to know the specific needs of all your children, including their likes and dislikes How a sensory center in the classroom can be used to benefit children with special needs How it’s ok to teach at different paces to accommodate specific learning speeds Why you need to be aware of and consider each child’s attention span How to juggle the needs of all students while maintaining positive reinforcement LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE IS SOME GUIDANCE FOR APPROACHING YOUR LESSONS: 1. Provide a Sensory Center- The student should have access to a sensory sand box (kinesthetic sand is a great option), Lego, blocks, larger paper for coloring or stamping, access to iPads with head phones (students can be noise sensitive).  Rain sticks can be soothing. A few bean bags on floor, a small carpeted area and access to a few stuffed animals. Allow movement like: walking and stretching to meet needs. 2. Be understanding of some students because they are unable to fully focus because they: fidget, flap (stem). Allow them to have access to these things at the sensory center area as usage of items will help the flow of teaching art. 3. Soft classical music helps to create a calming environment. 4. Allow for breaks (sometimes a timer helps). 5. Get to know the students. Find out likes and dislikes to avoid a meltdown. 6. Pair students with friends or pair...

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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 | 3 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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