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How To Love Your Job: AME 075

Have you ever felt frustrated or flustered at work? Perhaps a bit anxious or uncertain? Creating art lessons, prepping supplies, managing behaviors and dealing with uncertainty can challenge even the best of us.

Today’s episode of Art Made Easy takes a look at how one book, Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield changed the way I approached my day. As a writer, it made a huge difference in my productivity and as a teacher it allowed me to look at my job with more focus and less distraction.


IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

• How having a professional mindset can help you in the art room

• What are the real differences between amateurs and professionals

• Why looking into the future can be just as limiting than looking into the past

• Whether or not you need to offer many different mediums in your art program

• Why I believe you can be both a creative and a business owner

• What I say before my students walk in the door

 


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  • Frances Baldwin

    Over the quiet vacation my feelings about teaching (part time elementary) began to sink as I reflect on some of the most difficult challenges at school, meaning student behaviors. I do feel somewhat isolated, something mentioned at the end of the podcast. But it buoys my spirits to hear an explanation of professionalism vs. amateur status. It is a mindset that I want to keep on exploring and nurturing if I am going to be able to continue. Thanks so much for the realistic practical encouragement for the New Year!!

    • Margaret Swain

      Dear Frances, behaviours are the hardest part of the job. I like the part where Patty says the student is someone’s baby. I work with secondary/high school students, at times it’s hard to see them as someone’s baby when they are challenging you on an adult level. Confirmation of that child inside comes when I share candy or hand out responsibilities. I used to teach pre-K and refer back often to my experiences there. We are all big kids in some way trying to figure life out. When I get frustrated I think of this book I love, “All I Really Need To Know I learned In Kindergarten”.
      Will look at the one Patty mentioned. Lots of encouragement. Sending positive thoughts and all good wishes for the new year and term.

  • j.timsi

    hi
    what about pencil shading?
    what age group is right for pencil shading?

    • Patty

      Really great question. Any grade can do pencil shading, especially grades 2 and up (ages 7+) but here’s what I find…it’s a bit boring. And for large groups of kids, you don’t want boring. Pencil shading can come at any stage in a young artists life. I prefer to dive into exploration with paints, pastel, color, etc and gently move into the finer details of rendering later on.