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My best advice for teaching art to kids.

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My best advice for teaching art to kids.

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By Clife4u - Nov 19 2019
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I love to listen to this delightful and informative podcasts. They help me and give me in how to become an art teacher. I strongly recommend Art made easy.

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I’m a creative writing teacher and I really enjoyed listening to this podcast.

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147 Ratings
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128
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Art made easy episodes

By Clife4u - Nov 19 2019
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I love to listen to this delightful and informative podcasts. They help me and give me in how to become an art teacher. I strongly recommend Art made easy.

Listened for first time today

By psichild - May 17 2019
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I’m a creative writing teacher and I really enjoyed listening to this podcast.

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My best advice for teaching art to kids.

The Secret to a Joy-Filled Art Room & How To Teach Collaborative Projects: AME 004

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Thank you so much for all of your support during the launch of Art Made Easy. I was super excited to see my logo in iTunes New & Noteworthy section of the podcast page (Kids & Family) and as the TOP podcast in iTunes Education (k-12) Category. What a thrill! And it was all because... View Article

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Jan 28 2016

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Clean Up Strategies & Routines for the Art Room: AME 132

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It’s 5 minutes before the end of art class, the room is a mess. Some kids are finishing up their projects, others are not. The clock is ticking and you know what comes next…clean up time. What do you do next? That depends on you…today on Art Made Easy, I help you outline the best... View Article

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Apr 24 2019

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Classroom Management Strategies That Work For You: AME 088

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR YOU: AME 088 Wouldn’t it be nice if we could step into our art rooms and spend the entire session creating art? Not likely, right? Managing behavior, creating management plans, enforcing rules and asking children to stop talking consumes most of our energy. And when our classroom management plan... View Article

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Apr 04 2018

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Dealing with Disrespectful Students: AME 118

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Do you deal with disrespectful students and general low engagement in the art room? If you just raised your hand, you are not alone. There has been a flurry of advice-seekers in our Facebook group recently that are struggling with this very problem. So what’s an art teacher to do? An effective classroom management plan... View Article

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Dec 05 2018

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Strategies for the First Day of Art Class: AME 063

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Whether you are a brand new teacher preparing for your first art class or an experienced art teacher looking to change things up, knowing what to do on the first day of school can be challenging. We all have questions: Do you create art right away or do you establish a management plan? You may... View Article

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Aug 09 2017

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4 Steps to Designing Your Perfect Art Program: AME 064

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Teaching art to hundreds of children requires creativity, passion, and buckets of planning time. I spent years developing an art program that represented my personal preferences for art but also incorporated elements that brought out the best in even the most reluctant artist. Download the Art Teacher’s Toolkit and follow along as I share what... View Article

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Aug 16 2017

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How to Assess Student Artwork & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher: AME 003

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Welcome to my third episode of Art Made Easy! Thank you so much for the overwhelming support for the creation of this podcast. I can only say that I have a great line-up of guests and topics to share with you in the upcoming weeks and months. Today I am interviewing Jessica Balsley from the Art... View Article

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Jan 20 2016

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4 Lessons I Learned About Classroom Management from Years of Subbing: AME 126

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Are your students coming to class attentive, respectful and ready to learn? Or do you spend most of your time battling challenging students? No one wants to admit that there are days – maybe weeks – when the students wear you down so badly that you sink to a low point of frustration. I know... View Article

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Mar 13 2019

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Easy Management Tips for Creating Your Dream Class – Art Made Easy 012

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Do your students blurt out at random moments during your demonstrations? Do you have trouble getting kids to listen or take you seriously? Do you have children that always seem to be pushing your buttons? Does your clean-up routine border on chaotic? I know that I’ve struggled with behavioral issues, stressful transitions and more than a few wild classes... View Article

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Mar 23 2016

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6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

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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... View Article

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May 10 2017

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How to Rock Your First Year Teaching Art: AME 129

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The field of art education is often overlooked as a viable career in most school counseling offices. Many college students aren’t even aware that the profession exists. Today’s guest, Kelsi Quicksall declared Communications as her major until a quiet suggestion from a loved one opened up a world of possibilities. Now into her second year... View Article

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Apr 03 2019

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Cultivating a Management Mindset: AME 104

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If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that you can’t teach art unless you have some sort of management plan in place. Art is really exciting for kids and often you’ll have eager students ready to create art, but it’s also very common to experience predictable issues like these: – Talkative students... View Article

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Aug 15 2018

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Drawing with Children with Mona Brookes: AME 100

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DRAWING WITH CHILDREN WITH MONA BROOKES: AME 100 I wondered how to make this milestone episode special. When I thought back to all the episodes, there is one thread that runs through them. And that is that no matter where you teach art, how you teach art, or what stage you are at in your... View Article

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Jul 11 2018

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How to Use Mantras to Create Connection & Consistency with Your Students: AME 128

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Do you have a mantra? Something you say out loud before every class? I sort of did. My mantra of every child is somebody’s baby was something I thought about before the students poked their heads inside the art room. But it never occurred to me to pick something to say loud and proud. Enter... View Article

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Mar 27 2019

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Success Secrets of a Process-Based Art Studio: Art Made Easy 039

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After hosting pop up art classes in her garage, art teacher and blogger Meri Cherry listened to her intuition and opened her first art studio in Southern California. Eight months later, Meri serves her creative community by offering everything from toddler art sessions to family art nights. Learn how Meri created a thriving business and... View Article

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Feb 01 2017

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How to Engage, Inspire and Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey: AME 042

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On today’s episode, I’m talking with Sally Haughey from Fairy Dust Teaching. If you’re not familiar with her work, you really need to check out her blog, Fairy Dust Teaching.  Sally and I chat about the best way to engage young children in the art making space. You’ll learn why the method Sally uses is just so important... View Article

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Feb 22 2017

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A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

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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... View Article

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May 17 2017

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Morning Routines, Inspiration & Wellness AME 102

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While on vacation this month in Canada, I have had lots of time to reflect on what is working in my life and what needs adjusting. I identified a few things that are an absolute must for living a healthy, inspiring and productive life. This podcast takes a deep dive into morning routines, the essentials... View Article

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Jul 25 2018

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Perfect Timing: Solutions for Early Finishers – Art Made Easy 029

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Do you get frustrated when your students rush to finish a project to work on free drawing or a coloring sheet? Do you find you are constantly being challenge to find solutions for early finishers? In this episode of Art Made Easy, I walk you through strategies to help your students finish an art project during... View Article

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Oct 12 2016

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How to Demonstrate an Art Lesson: AME 081

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The fine art of art demonstrations is not something we learn at school. Often, teachers are plunked in front of a class without knowing exactly what to do. Do you show a finished project? Where do kids sit? Do you have supplies on the table or do you offer a self-serve approach? Believe me, I’ve... View Article

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Feb 14 2018

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The 3 Things that Hold Teachers Back from Loving Their Job: AME 142

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Being successful as an art teacher means more than teaching kids how to draw or paint. It means getting kids to listen and sit and follow directions so that they have the capacity to learn to draw and paint. It isn’t easy. If you’ve been feeling a bit discouraged with how your students are behaving... View Article

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Dec 11 2019

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The Secret Benefits of Reading Aloud to your Children: AME 141

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Janey Strong is the photographer, writer, mother and early literacy advocate behind Darling Readers. Her passion is finding unique ways to encourage parents read to their children – and children are never too young or old! Janey shares strategies on what to read, when to read, and how to manage reluctant readers. Make sure to... View Article

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Aug 07 2019

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How to Engage and Connect with Children with Emotional Disabilities: AME 140

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Patty chats with Gold Star Sparkler, Jennifer Ford Pace, who was recently named Teacher of the Year in her community of Henrico, Virginia. It’s a dive deep conversation on how Jennifer engages with her emotionally disabled students.  If low attention spans, below grade level art skills, or technology hungry kids are part of your classroom landscape,... View Article

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Jul 31 2019

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How to Grow a Customer Base for Your Art Studio with Meri Cherry: AME 139

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Do you have a studio based art business? If so, my conversation with Meri Cherry will be a game-changer for you. She doesn’t just offer strategies on filling your classes or how to decide what art to create–she goes much, much deeper. We chat about how to know if you’re ready to expand, and at... View Article

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Jul 24 2019

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How to Approach Teaching Art with a Calm Mind: AME 138

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Kristin is a full-time public school art teacher who is passionate about living a balanced and mindful life. She’s been practicing yoga, mindfulness, and meditation since 2007, and has been teaching it since 2014. Growing up and moving around a lot in the public school system, she experienced 23 different classroom settings by the time... View Article

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Jul 17 2019

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How One Art Teacher Copes with Anxiety & Depression: AME 137

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Felicia Merrick is a veteran classroom teacher of 22 years before becoming an art teacher. It’s a position she feels embodies all that she loves: creativity and children. But a series of devastating losses lead to a debilitating battle with anxiety and depression. Through daily calming practices, the right medication, and a full self-help toolbox, Felicia... View Article

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Jul 10 2019

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Finding Your Voice as an Art Teacher with Cassie Stephens: AME 136

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Cassie Stephens joins Patty for the second time on Art Made Easy. And this time, we’re pulling back the colorful curtain and diving into why she wanted to write a second book, why starting a podcast feels right, and why it’s important to put social media in its place. And, just for the fun of... View Article

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Jul 03 2019

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Ways to Make Art a Priority in Your Family with Jean Van’t Hul: AME 135

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Do you ever wonder how the art moms on social media actually get their kids to create art? The photos are beautiful, the kids are engaged, and the materials beg to be used. What’s their secret sauce? Most likely, they’ve been inspired and nurtured by Jean Van’t Hul, the founder of The Artful Parent. Jean... View Article

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Jun 26 2019

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Adopting a Growth Mindset as an Art Teacher: AME 134

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Of the many daily challenges art teachers face, adopting a growth mindset may not be at the top of your list. Emily Gould, known as @sierramadres on Instagram, is a K-12 art teacher who has done it all. Throughout her years teaching art, her one main focus is to never stop learning, always move forward,... View Article

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Jun 19 2019

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How to Engage Students with Limited English Through Community Connections: AME 133

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Do you have students who speak limited English? Teaching art in a community with language barriers is a ripe opportunity for engagement and connection. You might just need to approach teaching differently. Today’s guest, classroom teacher Hannah Coggins, teaches 1st and 2nd grade in Africa. She shares her strategies for engaging and slowing children down... View Article

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Jun 12 2019

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Clean Up Strategies & Routines for the Art Room: AME 132

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It’s 5 minutes before the end of art class, the room is a mess. Some kids are finishing up their projects, others are not. The clock is ticking and you know what comes next…clean up time. What do you do next? That depends on you…today on Art Made Easy, I help you outline the best... View Article

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Apr 24 2019

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Becoming an Art Educator After Raising a Family: AME 131

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Eva Marie Kirby from Tennessee dreamt of being an art educator since graduating college, but marriage and raising a family put her dreams on hold. Fast forward twenty years, Eva Marie steps into the art room and finds herself in charge of 800 children ages four to seven. Her story is absolutely delightful, and will... View Article

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Apr 17 2019

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How the Enneagram Broke Me Wide Open: AME 130

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I love listening to podcasts and over the past few years, mentions of the Enneagram personality test has popped up over and over again. Last Fall, I decided to explore it further and happened upon a podcast interviewing Ian Cron. I was intrigued. The podcast shared how valuable knowing your team’s personality profile and how... View Article

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Apr 10 2019

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How to Rock Your First Year Teaching Art: AME 129

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The field of art education is often overlooked as a viable career in most school counseling offices. Many college students aren’t even aware that the profession exists. Today’s guest, Kelsi Quicksall declared Communications as her major until a quiet suggestion from a loved one opened up a world of possibilities. Now into her second year... View Article

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Apr 03 2019

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How to Use Mantras to Create Connection & Consistency with Your Students: AME 128

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Do you have a mantra? Something you say out loud before every class? I sort of did. My mantra of every child is somebody’s baby was something I thought about before the students poked their heads inside the art room. But it never occurred to me to pick something to say loud and proud. Enter... View Article

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Mar 27 2019

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Budget Friendly Ways to Cover Art Tables: AME 127

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One of the small details that often gets overlooked in the art room is whether or not to cover your art tables during art class. You might be wondering: What type of placemats work best? Should the whole table be covered in paper? Fabric?  It took me a few years to figure out this placemat... View Article

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Mar 20 2019

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4 Lessons I Learned About Classroom Management from Years of Subbing: AME 126

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Are your students coming to class attentive, respectful and ready to learn? Or do you spend most of your time battling challenging students? No one wants to admit that there are days – maybe weeks – when the students wear you down so badly that you sink to a low point of frustration. I know... View Article

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Mar 13 2019

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What it Takes to Become Teacher of the Year: AME 125

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Do you ever wonder what it takes to become teacher of the year? According to today’s guest, Barbara Hua, it wasn’t about having amazing art skills or years of experience — she had little of both. Instead it was something she didn’t realize was noticed —  and her answer may surprise you. Barbara Hua, an... View Article

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Mar 06 2019

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The Creative Habit: Our First Book Club Pick! AME 124

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I’m diving deep into how to cultivate your creativity with daily practice and awareness by following the exercise in Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit…our first book in the DSS book club! This book isn’t what you think it is. It’s not a quick checklist of creative activities to do so you feel like you... View Article

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Feb 27 2019

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Creating a Community Connection in your Art Class: AME 123

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How would you describe the vibe in your art room? What do you focus on? Art? Classroom management? Colorful decor? Today’s guest, Rona Wilcox from New Zealand, claims that her focus is community. And she maintains that the strong community she has created is why she has a waitlist for her after school art classes.... View Article

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Feb 20 2019

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