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Welcome to the “Anyone Can Teach Art” podcast from Ridge Light Ranch- where we discuss art, education, and what it means to live a creative life. Our goal is to help you BE the amazing art teacher you are, so that you can have confidence in your students’ education.

Welcome to the “Anyone Can Teach Art” podcast from Ridge Light Ranch- where we discuss art, education, and what it means to live a creative life. Our goal is to help you BE the amazing art teacher you are, so that you can have confidence in your students’ education.
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Welcome to the “Anyone Can Teach Art” podcast from Ridge Light Ranch- where we discuss art, education, and what it means to live a creative life. Our goal is to help you BE the amazing art teacher you are, so that you can have confidence in your students’ education.






36- Why Study Giotto, the Father of the Renaissance

Studying Giotto is a great way to usher in your study of the Renaissance period because he's the Father of the Renaissance in Florentine art. We chat about Giotto's life, the hallmarks of Renaissance art and some art project ideas for your study of Giotto. Here's the full show notes where you can also leave us some comments: Near the end of this episode we also chatted about some Christmas gift ideas. We split that into its own blog post...


35- Four More Secrets to Adding Depth to your Art (part 2)

In this 2nd half of our discussion on the 7 Methods of Perspective, we're talking about: Shadows, Angle of Lines, Degree of Detail, and Color! These skills are a little less intuitive so they're especially fun to learn and then see in everyday life! Show notes are at:


34- How to Easily Add Depth to Drawings, Part 1

This is the first half of our discussion of the 7 Methods of Perspective. In these two episodes, we chat about all the ways to add depth to your drawings. In this episode we discuss: Overlap, Size, and Horizontal Placement. In episode 35 we'll cover the other 4 Methods of Perspective. Show Notes:


33- Illuminated Manuscripts

We're going back to the Book of Kells and other illuminated manuscripts (as promised in episode 31 about Ancient Celtic Abstract Art)! In this episode we answer the questions: Full Show Notes here:


32- Greek and Roman Architecture

Its time for our conversation about Greek and Roman architecture! Join us as we answer the questions: Check out the show notes here:


31- Abstract Celtic Art

Celtic Art has such a unique look to it that most people can easily identify at Celtic, whether it's from the earlier pre-Christian eras or the later Celtic-Christian times. In this style we see a lot of patterns and drawings that look like knots and ropes. As far as abstract art goes, it's a very meticulous, mathematical style- very different than some other types of abstract art. Show Notes:


30- Archaic Greek Art, Linking Ancient to Modern Art

In this episode we're chatting about Greek art, but specifically art from the Archaic period (about 800-500 BC). It's an interesting period that leads to the Golden Age of Greece and the Roman empire. It and forms a link between Ancient Egyptian art and Classical Roman art. We chat about this connection when it comes to Greek sculptures and pottery (since so much of it has lasted these thousands of years), but we leave a discussion of architecture for episode #32. We also chat about...


29- Egyptian Art- Variety and Consistency

What makes Egyptian art so instantly recognizable? Why did the Egyptians draw and paint in this way? What kind and contributions did the Egyptian culture make to architecture? Today we chat about all these topics as we prepare for a fun art project: Drawing King Tut's Mask Using Symmetry. Here's the full Blog Post: ‎


28- Exploring Prehistoric Art

Prehistoric art, like Cave paintings and rock art, are windows into cultures before written history. In addition to the obvious historical integrations, there are so many great Prehistoric Art science integrations like the study of caves, geology, and paint materials. Join us today as we explore Prehistoric art and the many different ways to teach about it. Here's the Show Notes:


27- How to Teach Art in the Dialectic and Rhetoric Stages

Today we’re completing our 5-part series on the Classical Model of Education and how to use it to teach art with a special double episode about art in both the Dialectic and Rhetoric stages of learning. Show Notes: Art and the Classical Model Here’s links to the other 4 parts of this series on using the Classical Model of Eduction to teach art: #23 How to Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education#24 What are the 7...


26- What are the Remaining Components of Art Grammar? (Part 3 of 3)

Today we're talking about the other five components of the grammar (basics) of art: Techniques / Media, Skills, Purposes of Art, Art History, and Art Appreciation. You can Find the Show Notes here: Things We Mention Episode 23: Art and the Classical Model of EducationEpisode 24: The 7 Elements of Art (Art Grammar, Part 1)Episode 25: The Principles of Design (Art Grammar, Part 2)Prismacolor Premier Colored PencilsPrismacolor Scholar...


25- What are the Principles of Design? (Art Grammar, Part 2 of 3)

Continuing our series on How to Teach Art using the Classical Model of Education, we’re moving on in the grammar of art, discussing the Principles of Design! The Principles of Design are the way the Elements of Art are used in a work of art. The Principles of Design help us to figure out why our art doesn't look like we wanted it to look and helps us articulate why we like or don't like other works of art. Here's the full show notes:...


24- What are the 7 Elements of Art? (Art Grammar, Part 1 of 3)

We're continuing our series on the Classical Model of Education and how to use it to teach art. This is our first episode on the Grammar of art, where we're discussing the 7 Elements of Art. Here's the Full Highlights/Outline: Links to Stuff we Mention Episode #23 Art and the Classical Model of EducationRidgeLightRanch’s 2018 art lesson plansThe 7 Elements of Art Poster


23- How to Teach Art Using The Classical Model of Education

What is the Classical Model of Education and how does it apply to art? What's a model of education to begin with? In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss three hallmarks of a Classical education: Valuing methods over content, the Trivium, and Subject Integration. Here's a few things we mention: RidgeLightRanch's 2018 art lesson plansDorothy Sayer's Lost Tools of LearningThe 7 Elements of Art Here's the Full Highlights: ‎


22- Why Include Art in Education?

There are so many reasons why art is part of education. Deanna and Julie chat about its effect on other school subjects and its inherent value in fostering creativity, visual learning, noticing details, motor skills, confidence, comfort with ambiguity, learning from mistakes, perseverance, and communication with others. Here's a few things we mention: . Reviewing Education and the Arts Project (REAP) Executive SummaryTeaching art or teaching to think like an artist?BlinkIra Glass's...


21- Making Time for Art

One of the most common struggles we all seem to have in teaching art, is making time for art. Join Deanna and Julie and they discuss HOW to make time for both Art Appreciation AND Art Creation for both your children and yourself! Here's the full Highlights:


20- Why Study Jim Davis

Deanna & Julie discuss Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. Who is he? What is his art like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about the genre of comics, cartoons, and graphic novels and discover some great reasons to study Jim Davis and his memorable cat. Here's the Highlights: ‎


19- Why Study Lichtenstein?

Get the Full Highlights Here: Lichtenstein’s Paintings we discuss: The best place to see Roy Lichtenstein's work is at his own website. The art work images are in the "image duplicator" portion of his website. brushstroke paintings sculpturesGirl with Tear IHaystack series Water Lilies Bedroom at ArlesWhamm!Oooh... Alright... Things we mention Steal Like An ArtistTed TalkPrevious Lichtenstein blog post Painting Primary Colors...


18- Why Study Andrew Wyeth?

Join us as we chat about Wyeth's subdued pallet and discover what it means to train your eyes to see color. Here's the full highlights: Works We Mention by Andrew Wyeth The best place to see Andrew Wyeth's art is at his own website: Christina’s World (1948)Master Bedroom (1965)Snow Hill (1989) Things We Mention children toward Attention, Imitation,...


17- Why Study Georgia O'Keeffe

Here's the Full Highlights: We Chat about: Did you miss something? Here are some of the things we mention: School of Art Institute of ChicagoEspionage Act of 1917Arthur Wesley DowAlfred StieglitzPrecisionsimFuturismConstructivismCubismSurrealismGeorgia O'Keeffe Museum O'Keeffe's Art we Mentioned: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum of Art's collection of O'Keeffe's Work is a great place to see O'Keeffe's work! Series 1, White and Blue...