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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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Retirement Dreams & Children’s Books with Sparkler Gloria Mathews: AME 050

Retirement Dreams & Children’s Books with Sparkler Gloria Mathews: AME 050

By on Apr 19, 2017 | 15 comments

Today’s episode is special. Deep Space Sparkle member, Gloria Mathews is the quintessential Sparkler: creative, sharing, and kind. She is always the first one to comment, cheer on and celebrate other’s success in their journey as an art teacher. Gloria is a retired classroom teacher who transitioned to teaching art a couple of days per week to her group of students in grades K-2.  Hear how she designed an art program that suited her lifestyle and goals and how you can do it, too. Gloria and I chat about what makes a children’s book successful, how to get started writing your own children’s book and how letting go of one dream allows you to find the space to achieve another dream. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Gloria designed her life after retirement and how you can, too. How text and illustrations play off each other when writing children’s books What is SCBWI and how it serves people who have an interest in writing children’s literature Why it is so hard to publish a picture book How having a tribe of like-minded people fills you up   SHOW NOTES:  Gloria’s Facebook Page  Eric Carl Website Peter Reynolds Website Oliver Jeffers Peter Brown Chris Silas Neal www.scbwi.org Draw with Joan Miro Rachelle  Doorley & Tinkerlab It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond by Julia Cameron (affiliate link)...

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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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A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

A Chat with Team Sparkle Marisa Gebert: AME 048

By on Apr 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Marisa is a former K-8 art teacher from Georgia who was one of over 500 people who applied for a job as a standards writer for Deep Space Sparkle last Spring. Marisa helps teachers all over the world by providing documentation for all of the DSS lessons inside The Members Club. Life has changed a lot for Marisa, who went from working as an art teacher to staying home with her newborn so she could work from home. It’s not always an easy transition but she moved through it beautifully. Her positive approach to life has allowed her to make the decisions that have been right for her family. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Marisa stuck with her love of teaching art, against the advisement of others What grades and ages were more challenging for her than others The various challenges of grading children’s artwork Why Marisa always chooses to do what she loves (and how to see the value in that) How your goals and dreams can change with different seasons of your life How taking risks led her to her happiness Why finding time to create art for yourself is so important LISTEN TO THE SHOW:   SHOW NOTES: Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinter Marisa’s Instagram To see what a K-2 rubric looks like for one of our lessons inside the membership, feel free to  DOWNLOAD this FREE LESSON from THE MEMBERS CLUB: INTERESTED IN JOINING THE MEMBERS CLUB? Public enrollment happens in August and January but occasionally, we have a VIP enrollment period for those on our wait list. To add your name to the waitlist, CLICK HERE. TO HEAR MARISA IN PERSON, join us at our DSS LIVE! event on June 23-24th in Santa Barbara....

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