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.


• 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






Enrolling new Sparklers on January 3, 2018
To learn more about The Sparklers Club

You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram


Turning Pro & The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

AME 007: How to Create a Thematic Unit with Laura Lohmann

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • 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

    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.

Follow Us

Find Out What Type of Art Teacher You Are


In stores 8/21