Rank #1: 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... View Article
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Jan 28 2016
Rank #2: 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... View Article
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Aug 16 2017
Rank #3: 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... View Article
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May 10 2017
Rank #4: 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... View Article
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Feb 22 2017
Rank #5: Classroom Management Strategies That Work For You: AME 088
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
Rank #6: 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... View Article
Aug 15 2018
Rank #7: Dealing with Disrespectful Students: AME 118
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
Dec 05 2018
Rank #8: 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... View Article
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Oct 12 2016
Rank #9: Success Secrets of a Process-Based Art Studio: Art Made Easy 039
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
Rank #10: Family Art Nights: AME 043
Hosting a family art night can be the best way to build support for your art program, boost parent involvement and advocate for your program within your community. In this episode, I share my experiences with my own family art night both as a parent and as the organizer. I walk you through what worked... View Article
Mar 01 2017
Rank #11: 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... View Article
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May 17 2017
Rank #12: Drawing with Children with Mona Brookes: AME 100
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
Jul 11 2018
Rank #13: How to Manage Overwhelm: Art Made Easy 031
Are you feeling overwhelmed? I must admit that this year has been an intentionally busy one for me. In order to prevent overwhelm, I fall back on 5 strategies that keep me focused on what is important, what I value and the most important tasks I need to accomplished in a day. This episode will... View Article
Oct 26 2016
Rank #14: Head, Heart & Hand: The Waldorf Approach to Managing Young Artists: AME 090
Sally Haughey Fowler brings absolute wonder to her students through the Waldorf environment. She walks into an art room with intention, passion and enough drama to rival a Disney production. In this episode, Sally discusses her 10 tips for teaching art to kids with emphasis on the Waldorf approach to art. She shares her three... View Article
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Apr 25 2018
Rank #15: The Best Art Products to Use with Kids – Art Made Easy 020
THE BEST ART PRODUCTS TO USE WITH KIDS: AME 020 Ready 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.... View Article
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May 18 2016
Rank #16: 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... View Article
Apr 03 2019
Rank #17: 3 Techniques to Try with Tempera Paint: AME 052
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... View Article
May 03 2017
Rank #18: 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... View Article
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Mar 13 2019
Rank #19: 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... View Article
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Jan 20 2016
Rank #20: The Organized Art Teacher: Art Made Easy 037
Do you feel overwhelmed when you look at your stacks of lesson plans and project ideas? Ever wondered how other art teachers store their lesson plans and samples? And what is the best way to store artwork? Start the year off with an organized mindset by hearing how Patty organized her hundreds of lesson plans... View Article
Jan 11 2017