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

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 you downloaded the show and subscribed in iTunes.Today may be the best show yet. Cassie Stephens takes you inside her art room and shares her teaching strategies from how she teaches directed drawing, how she handles early finishers, and the process she uses to create collaborative murals and thematic units.If you are action oriented, grab a notepad and pencil because this show is going to offer amazing tips. But for me, hearing how Cassie transformed herself from an overworked, stressed out art teacher (hard to believe, right?) to her carefree, colorful persona is not only remarkable but inspiring.SUBSCRIBING... To listen on your iPhone, download the free PODCAST AP, then subscribe to the show in iTunes. Your app will update automatically when new shows are published.If you have an android phone, you can subscribe to Stitcher Radio and download their free app.IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN:- How Cassie Got her start as an art teacher- How fashion created engagement with her students- The story behind Cassie's Andy Warhol inspired Campbell Soup dress- The benefits of keeping a positive attitude in the art room- The steps to make collaborative projects work for all grade levels- How long it takes Cassie to make and hang a mural- How Cassie teaches painted paper techniques- How collaborative projects benefits her art program- Cassie's strategy for implementing rules and procedures- Call and response strategy- Directed drawing tips- Why mini-white boards are a teacher's best friend- How Cassie deals with frustrated artists- One paper policy- The big question Cassie asks herself before teaching a lesson- How Cassie plans a thematic art curriculum- Cassie's advice to a new art teacher (what she says here is GOLDEN!)LISTEN TO THE SHOWPhoto courtesy of Cassie StephensSHOW NOTESCassie's famous Campbell Soup DressHenri Rousseau Tiger in a Tropical Storm Surprised! Painting via Wikiart1st grader Jungle Mural and Collaborative ProjectsRoy G Biv VideoBook Recommendation for New Teachers:Drawing With Children by Mona BrookesChildren And Painting by Cathy TopalProfessor Pin Cushion's WebsiteYou can connect Cassie through Instagram at cassie_stephenz and on Facebook


28 Jan 2016

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Strategies for the First Day of Art Class: AME 063

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 wonder what projects to do or what supplies to prep. This episode offers a few ideas to think about as you start to plan for your big day back.Download the First Day of Art Class Freebie through www.deepspacesparkle.com and start planning your awesome week!IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How deciding what you want your students to experience when they step into your art room is a great way to begin your yearWhat painted paper is and how children can have fun with it.Why I created student portfolios and the best system on how to do this.How line drawings can be used as a project technique (and may be the most effective one)How self-portraits can be a great option for demonstrating student improvement in art throughout the yearLISTEN TO THE SHOWDOWNLOAD THE FIRST DAY OF ART CLASS FREEBIESHOW NOTESPDF - First Day of Art, with lessons and resourcesHow to Make Painted PaperDot Day on Sept. 15thTHE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds AME:013 Scoping the Sequencing on Portrait MakingManaging Artwork with Student PortfoliosWatch this video to see how to make painted paper


9 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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The Best Art Products to Use with Kids – Art Made Easy 020

THE BEST ART PRODUCTS TO USE WITH KIDS: AME 020Ready to order your first shipment of art supplies and don’t know what to order?Curious why some art supplies are better than others?Today’s episode of Art Made Easy helps identify why some paints, paper and brushes deserve a place on your art supply shelf.  Don't forget to download an art supply ordering checklist and buying guide to help you get started on creating the best art projects.IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN:- What my favorite supplies are- Products to stay away from and why- Why different mediums require different supplies- Why more expensive supplies are not always better for your projects- Examples of how to use different supplies for new ways of teaching lessons- Alternative uses for supplies already in stock in your art room/class room- Pros and Cons of certain brands of supplies- A list of fun but non-essential supplies- What types of effective supplies you can get for free- Some tips to keep children engaged in art-makingLISTEN TO THE SHOW: DOWNLOAD THIS FREE GUIDEWANT  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ART SUPPLIES?3 Techniques to Try with Tempera PaintUsing Markers in the Art RoomTo Spray or Not to Spray? Tips for Using Chalk Pastels


18 May 2016

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4 Steps to Designing Your Perfect Art Program: AME 064

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 to consider so that your art program allows you to teach with clarity, confidence, and ease.LISTEN TO THE SHOWDOWNLOAD THE ART TEACHER'S TOOLKITClick the yellow button to receive your Art Teacher's Toolkit via email!SHOW NOTES: AME 062: How One Classroom Teacher Transitioned to her Dream Job as an Art Teacher with Denise LediaevArt Curator for Kids with Cindy IngramPainted Paper Art with Laura LohmannThe Best Art Products to Use with Kids - Art Made Easy 020Tips to Help Gauge if an Art Project is Right for Your ClassThe SPARKLE Method for Lesson Development - Art Made Easy 032Evernote The Organized Art Teacher AME: 037Deep Space Sparkle Facebook Page


16 Aug 2017

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Classroom Management Strategies That Work For You: AME 088

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR YOU: AME 088Wouldn'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 is no longer effective, any effort is literally exhausting. It's easy to say, do this or do that and your problem will be solved. Managing the behavior of your students, your art room, your community requires a highly individualized effort.Kaitlyn Edington knows this feeling well.As a first year art teacher at a rural Title 1 school in South Carolina, Kaitlyn had to forget all she knew about management and create a system specifically for her unique group of students.Today's episode shares what she did and how she did it...IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN:- The effects Kaitlyn's elementary school art teacher had on her future art career- How Kaitlyn connects and builds trust with her students- Why positive reinforcement is more impactful than disciplining students- How to incorporate sketch books in the classrooms- Kaitlyn's top 3 classroom management tips including her amazing points system using popsicle sticks- How Instagram has successfully impacted Kaitlyn's careerLISTEN TO THE SHOW:LINKS & RESOURCESDraw Paint Make Online Summer WorkshopSparklers Club WaitlistKaitlyn Edington's InstagramDirty JohnTed Radio HourHow I Built This with Guy RazClassroom Management: A Step in the Right DirectionYou can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramFacebookInstagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


4 Apr 2018

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Drawing with Children with Mona Brookes: AME 100

DRAWING WITH CHILDREN WITH MONA BROOKES: AME 100I 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 teaching journey...you are not alone.We're here for you.When I began teaching art in 2004, and had no idea how to teach kids, there was someone there for me, too. An hour after I was offered the job, I went to borders and bought Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes. I knew I struck gold. I flipped through the pages and chapter headings caught my eye...Giving the artist the permission to unfoldCreating a Supportive ClimateTalk like an adult, with non judgmentHow we see...The book didn't focus on standards or academic tie-ins, it shared a strong philosophy on how to teach children to draw. It was about what was possible.I read the book in a few nights and felt so confident about teaching that I literally didn't plan any lessons other than drawing with the kids for the first few weeks. That was then, and I still refer to Mona's instructions every now and again.When we finally secured an interview time, I was giddy with excitement. I wasn't sure how the interview would go. We talked about the evolution of the book, Drawing with Children, and how it was created...the publicity, the backlash, and how it ended up a franchise. It's a fascinating story of how one idea channels into so many directions until in the end, it circles back to the origins.I hope it inspires you to push, dream and circle back.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:- How Mona Brookes began her journey teaching, and why she says her first attempt as a teacher was a "failure"- Mona's philosophy for teaching young children to draw and how the ability to draw can be learned- How Mona went from teaching art to branding her own methodology and selling franchises- How technology has changed everything for Mona and her business- Where the battle between art philosophies stems from- How Mona is still impacting the world at the age of 80LISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCES:The Sparkler's Club WaitlistMonart WebsiteMonart BooksMonart TrainingPre-Order Patty's new book Draw, Paint, SparkleYou can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramFacebookInstagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


11 Jul 2018

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Cultivating a Management Mindset: AME 104

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- Disruptive or disrespectful students- Students who refuse to work- Absent or continually tardy students- Loud of out-of-control behaviorsDoesn't matter what type of teacher you are: one who values organization and control or one who values connection, fun and chaos. Everyone experiences one or more of the above.To manage the amount of frequency of the above behaviors, it’s all about setting expectations, establishing a flow and being consistent. This episode of Art Made Easy, is a recording of my featured presentation at one of my in-person art teacher workshops in Santa Barbara. Besides making art, I really wanted teachers to walk away with a few management nuggets.In this episode, you’re going to hear my approach to engaging with kids and how I use a positive mindset to create a safe, inspiring and efficient class.If you are a member of The Sparklers Club, the video for this presentation plus handouts, extra management video tutorials and worksheets are available under TRAININGS. Plus, you get a certificate for 1 Clock Hour.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN- The purpose of creating a management mindset- The time in your schedule when you have the most influence on your students- How to set your expectations for your students- When remaining neutral works to your advantage- My secret strategy: The Ten Minute Rule- What can happen when you truly engage a child with artLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCES:Interested in more classroom management tips?Listen to: Art Made Easy # 053 6 Factors for a Successful Management PlanListen to: Art Made Easy Easy Classroom Management Tips for Creating Your Dream Class with Michael LinsinClassroom Management for Art, Music, and Pre Teachers by Michael LinsinPre-Order Patty's new book Draw, Paint, Sparkle Publication Date August 21The Sparkler's Club WaitlistYou can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramFacebookInstagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


15 Aug 2018

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

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 and I learned that unless I got those things under control, I wasn't able to be an effective teacher.Although it may seem like achieving a happy balance between creating a consistent management philosophy and allowing freedom and creativity in your art room is next to impossible, I'm here to tell that it is completely doable.Michael Linsin is the author of Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers and the author of the blog, Smart Classroom Management has the magic touch. He seems to know intuitively how to transform chaos into calm.A little word about the show...Podcasting is not as easy as it may appear. There are lot of steps to setting up interviews, recording and ultimately producing each episode that inevitable something always goes wrong. In this case, I had a problem with the sound quality on my end of the recording. My podcast editor had to do some fancy tweaking to make this interview easy on your ears. So if you notice any weird transitions, you know why.And as always, thanks for listening!LISTEN TO THE SHOWIN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN:Why a classroom management plan is necessary and the most important element of the whole teaching processHow good classroom management can free you to be creativeHow body language can be used to set the right tone in a classroomWhy having expectations of your kids is absolutely essential to creating your dream classWhy the story behind the activity is more important than the activity itselfThe truth why 95% of classroom problems will disappear  with an effective management planThe surprising things teachers do that unintentionally encourage bad behaviorThe #1 tip Michael has for all teachers looking to implement his systemHere is an interview with Michael on Deep Space Sparkle Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers on AmazonJoin Michael's weekly newsletter here


23 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

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 considerHow I used my own energy as a basis for my art room environmentWhy inspiring lessons are so valuableWhy you don’t need to overthink the structure of your lessonsHow I set the expectations in my art roomHow your ego can work against you and take away perspectiveWhy having trust with children is so important (and how to maintain it)LISTEN TO THE SHOWSHOW NOTESJess Lively's Think About ItThe Intersection of Rational Mind and Intuitive Guidance with Erin LoechnerSmart Classroom ManagementPainted Paper ArtAME 016: 5 Mindset Shifts That Made A Difference In My LifeAME 042: How To Engage, Inspire And Create Art Room Magic with Sally HaugheyThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (affiliate link)A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (affiliate link)


10 May 2017

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

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 download Janey’s Freebie on her favorite books to read before Kindergarten.WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:- When Janey started reading to her own children and why she says it’s something you should never stop doing- What parallels exist between teaching art to children and reading to them- How reading can be used as a tool to bond with your children- Why you need to be 100% present when reading with them- Janey’s top book recommendations and how the children’s books of today are different than ones from earlier years- What makes for an amazing children’s book, how Janey’s blog is helping so many people, and so much more!LISTEN TO THE SHOW- Darling Readers Website- Darling Readers Instagram- Darling Readers Facebook Page- Janey Strong's Pinterest- What Do You Do with an Idea?* by Kobi Yamada*Affiliate LinkYou can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramPatty Palmer At Home InstagramJoin the Sparklers Club waitlist HEREsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


7 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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

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 of Education. Jessica and I started our blogging journeys around the same time and our visions for supporting the art ed community have complimented one another. I love how Jessica bridges the gap between providing professional development opportunities and valuable teaching resources with creative vision to her readers. If you are a credentialed art teacher, she is your gal.In today's show, Jessica and I talk openly about art assessment. I confess I know nothing of formal assessment tools. She breaks down assessment strategies using art project examples so I can understand.But here's the best part of the interview: Jessica reveals how a mindset shift can make a great teacher even greater. This stuff is gold!IN THIS EPISODE YOU'LL LEARN:- How Jessica began her career as an art teacher- How engagement among art teachers increases teacher happiness and positivity- How a bubble test lead to Jessica's decision to shape art assessment tools- How to assess your students without selling your creative soul- Why checklists are better than rubrics- Why art teachers should design their own curriculum-  The benefits of thematic art programs- What questions to ask yourself when designing your art program- Tips for recording assessment (this one is so cool!)- What a positive attitude looks like in an art room- Why being good at one thing is good enough- Jessica's top tips for becoming a great teacher- What class Jessica thinks is best for a brand new art teacher- Jessica's favorite book right nowLISTEN TO THE SHOWSHOW NOTES Jessica's 100 Free Art ProjectsThe Art of Education2016 Winter Online Art ConferenceAssessment in Art Education Online ClassCassie StephensPainted Paper (African Unit)The Miracle Morning by Hal ElrodIf this show inspired you, please subscribe to Art Made Easy in iTunes and leave an honest review. This helps the podcast get recognized by more creative people like yourself.THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!

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20 Jan 2016

Rank #11

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The 6 Stages of the Creative Path with Nicholas Wilton: AME 112

Do you dream of the day when you can spend all your time sipping tea and working on your art? For most of us, it’s a long-term goal and one in which Nicholas Wilton is far to familiar with. Nicholas calls this the Hibernation Stage, which according to his 6 Stages of the Creative Path is the stage practically everyone is in: those who wanted to make art but can’t seem to find the time.Can you relate?Nicholas offers a strategy that helps us understand the natural flow of creativity and how to move from one stage to the next. And even if you are not a working artist or have no desire to be one, his insight into our creative process can be applied to most anything we do.About Nicholas…Nicholas is the founder of Art2Life, an online platform that strives to build, empower, and inspire the creative community. His online programs provide artistic, business and creative coaching to artists.With over 20 years working with creatives, Nicholas has developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process. He speaks and writes extensively on the subject of creativity, purpose and inspiration.Wilton’s paintings are seen in yearly gallery exhibitions, International Art Fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in both the United States and Europe.His paintings have also been used on the covers of the national bestseller “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and Brene Brown’s “The Gift of Imperfection.” Recently, the US Postal Service issued a stamp featuring Wilton’s artwork.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:- How to identify and move through the different learning stages of art- How to integrate your knowledge and preferences into your art work- How your creativity and confidence will increase when your intuition comes into play- What his membership group can do for you, no matter what stage of your career you are inLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCESLearn more about Nicholas Wilton by checking out his Website, Facebook page, & Instagram Books mentioned in this podcastThe Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizThe Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly by Brené BrownYou can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramPatty Palmer At Home Instagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


24 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

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.WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: What the differences are between teaching inside and outside of the homeHow to set the right intention when kids want to do their own thingHow Lesly has evolved as an art teacher by constantly learning new thingsWhat you can do when your children work at different pacesWhy a curious teacher is the best type of teacherHow you don’t have to do everything when starting out, but build from where you’re atWhat Lesly is doing to grow as an artist and ways she’s looking to expand what services she offersLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCES:Laura Lohmann’s, Painted Paper ArtRachelle Doorley’s, Tinker LabCreativebug WebsiteCreative Boot Camp with Lisa CongdonLadies 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 link)You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramPatty Palmer At Home Instagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


17 May 2017

Rank #13

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Secrets of a Teachers Pay Teachers Top Seller: AME 008

Have your colleagues ever told you how well you explained a lesson? Or how creative you are? Do people always ask you for advice?If any of these questions ring true for you then you need to listen to this episode.Jennifer White shares how she went from teaching during the day and working as a cashier at night to making $14K in her first THREE months of selling her craft products on Teachers Pay Teachers. Crazy, right?I know I sound like an informercial, but I guarantee you that Jennifer is humble yet strategic about her success. I loved talking to Jennifer and appreciate her willingness to help you create the side job of your dreams.This episode is for anyone who is thinking of selling digital products on Teachers Pay Teachers or wishes to make a bigger impact with small easy tweaks to existing products.LISTEN TO THE SHOWIN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN- Jennifer’s strategy for teaching a directed line drawing- How this type of drawing can be used as a confidence booster for kids- A technique you can use to keep the little ones on track, and on the same page- How Jennifer got into Teachers Pay Teachers  and the effect this website has had on her life- Jennifer’s best tips for navigating the site- Advise on designing a new product to sell online, and how to “breathe new life” into an older product that you’re offering- Who should pay for advertising on Teachers Pay Teachers- How to discount and hold a sale, the right way- Whether or not you should sign up for a free account on Teachers Pay Teachers, or become a premium memberJennifer spoke at the most recent Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas and wants to share her conference presentation download with you! To access the download, just enter your email and your name. The guide will be delivered to your email address.Note: By entering your name, you will automatically be subscribed to the free DSS weekly newsletter, but know that you can unsubscribe at any time. You can connect with Jennifer on her blog at First Grade Blue Skies, through Instagram and Facebook.Despite the fact that I said amazing about twenty times during this interview, if this show inspired you in any way, please subscribe to Art Made Easy in iTunes and leave a rating or review. This helps the podcast get recognized by more creative people like yourself.Thank you so much!


24 Feb 2016

Rank #14

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How to Teach Art with Heart: AME 101

Connecting with children through art is an essential ingredient in the success and longevity of artist, Jill Hatcher. Jill teaches children ages 4-12 in a public school, does after school art classes and hosts private classes in her home. And she doesn't hold a teaching degree! It's hard to imagine where she finds the energy until you meet her. Jill is enthusiastic, warm and loves connecting with both her students and fellow teachers.We spotlight Jill in our Sparkle magazine and asked her to share her story on Art Made Easy.This episode is for anyone who is not a credentialed teacher and wants to learn how others went from artist to art teacher.Patty answers a few of Jill's questions including an explanation of how Team Sparkle creates, designs and structures The Sparklers Club library of art lessons and what big things are in the pipeline for Deep Space Sparkle.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:- How Jill made her way into teaching art organically- The ways her experience has differed from teaching in the school system to teaching at home- What she says were the biggest struggles she's faced in her career teaching art- How Jill handles her classroom management- Where Jill's own creativity and inspiration comes fromLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCES:The Sparkler's Club WaitlistArt Stories from Around the World - China: AME 057Art Stories from Around the World - Bahrain: AME 058Teaching Art in a Remote Village in Northern India: AME 059Manifesting Your Ultimate Goal: AME 085You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramFacebookInstagramsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


18 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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

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 I've been there. And believe me, there's no worse feeling than knowing you let down the students and yourself.Today's guest, Team Sparkle's own Amy Clay shares 4 powerful management strategies that will help you get your class back on track. Her years of being a sub empowered her to tackle classroom management head on. She shares her passion for being an art sub and ways you can ensure that any substitute teacher who walks into your art room is welcomed and ready to create art with your students.Make sure to download the free Art Substitute PDF. It's filled with helpful forms and worksheets that will allow you to feel confident during those unpredictable sick days.Amy Clay heads up the lesson development for Team Sparkle. She dreams, designs and creates the lessons that go into the art bundles inside our membership, The Sparklers Club.WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:- How substitute teaching gave Amy insight into classroom management- Why setting expectations for your students and following through is crucial- How you can be fair with your students, a protector and an adult- How our Sparkler's Club Substitute Plan Bundle can help teachers prepare when needing a substitute- How to implement seating charts into your classroom- Where to start with creating a classroom management planLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCESDownload my free Art Substitute Information Binder by clicking the purple button below. Type in your name and email and we'll send it to you!Podcast mentioned in this episode:Classroom Management Strategies That Work For You: AME 088How to Assess Student Artwork & Qualities of a Great Art Teacher: AME 003You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and InstagramPatty Palmer At Home InstagramJoin the Sparklers Club waitlist HEREsupport@deepspacesparkle.com


13 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Morning Routines, Inspiration & Wellness AME 102

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 of inspiration (including how I cultivate mine) and the hard facts of aging well.I can’t wait to hear how and where you find inspiration, if you have a morning routine and how you maintain a healthy lifestyle.THINGS YOU’LL DISCOVER:  Why a morning routine is so important and what I do that energizes me for the day How my own morning routine has evolved over time How you can learn to become efficient with a full scheduleWhy having systems is essential for the creative thought processWhat you can do to incorporate inspiration into your daily life and “feed your brain”Why I recommend taking care of your body and all-around wellnessLISTEN TO THE SHOWLINKS & RESOURCES:Pre-Order Patty's new book Draw, Paint, Sparkle Publication Date August 21www.monday.com (Software Patty’s team uses)Circe by Madeline MillerEducate by Tara Westover Goddesses Never Age by Dr. Christiane NorthrupThe Body Book by Cameron DiazThe Sparkler's Club Waitlist


25 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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

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 the scheduled time plus tips to help you assess your lesson timelines, free choice activities and grade-level projects.IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  Why you really need to step back and look at the reasons why timing is problematic in the first placeWhat to expect when kids begin art projectsHow providing predictability in what your children can expect in the art room can go a long way in gauging how long it will take them to do a certain taskHow demonstrations can be used before, and during a lesson, to grow the listening and attention skills of your studentsWhy your reaction mattersThe benefits of sticking to a lesson that was tested for that grade levelWhy setting up as many limitations as possible for the “perfectionist” student is the best thing you can doHow to use free choice time effectivelyWhy portfolios can be a good alternative to free choiceThe benefits of directed line drawings and how they can be used to help get a handle on how long children are able to work on a projectPatty's strategies and script for teaching a direct drawingSubscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast Ap. Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher.SHOW NOTESDraw & Paint a ¾ View Snowman Art ProjectHow to Draw a Snowman without using Circles Art ProjectAME 025: All About Guided DrawingsAll About Free-Choice Art Time


12 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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

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 and effective with not only young children, but ones of all ages.This episode is for anyone who struggles with finding the right balance between a creative art-making space and behavioral expectations.IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Sally decided to become a teacher based on her own struggles and her children’s struggles in the public school system How she saw the arts change the lives of at-risk children Why Sally says TRUST is the most important thing when it comes to classroom management for at-risk children How and why songs hold children’s attention better than anything else What three things Sally does when children enter the art room How Sally teaches art projects with a wide range of ages How Sally addresses poor behavior with the children in the classroom What is the difference between Reggio and Waldorf-inspired art and how Sally uses both in her teachings How Sally gauges the rhythm of her classroom in order to maintain a positive flowSubscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast App. Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher.For all the budding singers out there, DOWNLOAD SALLY'S ART SONGS PDF to get you started....Just click the blue box, enter your name and email and I will email you the PDF. Make sure to check your junk mail (or promotions folder in gmail).SHOW NOTES: Fairy Dust Teaching WebsiteTeacher Resources on Fairy Dust Teaching


22 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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How to Rock Your First Year Teaching Art: AME 129

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 teaching art, Kelsi has a passion for teaching, a love and connection to her students and a strong following on Instagram.She absolutely radiates positivity!Get to know Kelsi Quicksall! 1. Can you share how you got started as an art teacher?It took me entirely too long to realize that teaching art was a viable career option, and a super rewarding one! I always loved art and school. I considered myself an artist, took all of the art classes in high school... but for some reason, it wasn't portrayed to me as a realistic career.It wasn't until I found myself feeling out of place in my first major in college (Journalism) that I stumbled upon Art Education. Quite literally, too- I was in the car with my boyfriend at the time (now fiancé) after class, rambling about how I didn't know what I wanted to do with my future. He looked at me and my crazy outfit and said, "You know who you remind me of? Me elementary art teacher. You even dress like her. You ARE an art teacher!"After than, I made the switch to study Art Education and it all clicked. I graduated with a minor in Mass Communications (having started college in Journalism) and still enjoy media and writing, but mainly sharing on social media!2. What do you feel is your best attribute or strength as an art teacher?My best attribute also is my worst... I have high expectations and goals for myself and my students, but I'm also a procrastinator. As a result of both, I work extremely hard at the last minute to put things together that meet my expectations. I hold my students to high expectations as well, and they create amazing work as a result! The downside of my "attribute"? Lack of time for anything else like eating, breathing, sleeping... just kidding, kind of.3. What do you do well in the art room and how does this benefit your students?Get silly! I have been told I have a ton of energy. With minimal amounts of sleep, I don't feel like this is true, but I guess the coffee is doing it's thing. I find that when I am super enthusiastic and excited about something (a "new" art media, artist, technique, project, art show, etc) that energy is transferred to my students. I thrive off of their feedback.I use a microphone to enhance engagement- most would think it's for my students, but it's also for me. I love using that thing. I've been asked why I don't just use a hands free mic set (often provided by schools), and the answer is because I love holding the microphone and taking the "stage". I even have a second microphone for students- they are more likely to want to share with the mic! It really enhances engagement when we're analyzing artwork, sharing what they see/think/feel/wonder, or just what we've learned.If I notice that they're not excited, I know I need to make changes. If I ever feel like I'm "losing them", I immediately go for silly. Silly accents, songs, and call and responses really work for my students. As the great art educator Cassie Stephens always says, "silly sticks." It's so true!4. Why do you feel teaching art to kids is important?Teaching art is so rewarding for both parties- my students and myself. Teaching is one of the most under-appreciated and underpaid professions, but that's not the challenge. The challenge is in the way teachers think and the time we spend thinking. Educators cannot simply "turn off" their brain. I now think of everything in life as a potential lesson, an art project, or teachable moment.That being said, teachers work hard. Countless unpaid hours planning lessons, money spent out of pocket on supplies, classroom improvements, rewards for kids...


3 Apr 2019

Rank #20