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Welcome to Art Made Easy, a weekly podcast to help you teach art to kids. I’m excited to bring you interviews with the best in the biz; inspiring art teachers, authors, creative souls and teaching experts. Join me to navigate the World of Kid's Art Through Stories, Tips and Practical How-To's!

Welcome to Art Made Easy, a weekly podcast to help you teach art to kids. I’m excited to bring you interviews with the best in the biz; inspiring art teachers, authors, creative souls and teaching experts. Join me to navigate the World of Kid's Art Through Stories, Tips and Practical How-To's!
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Welcome to Art Made Easy, a weekly podcast to help you teach art to kids. I’m excited to bring you interviews with the best in the biz; inspiring art teachers, authors, creative souls and teaching experts. Join me to navigate the World of Kid's Art Through Stories, Tips and Practical How-To's!

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Episodes

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

7/17/2019
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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 The post How to Approach Teaching Art with a Calm Mind: AME 138 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:35:24

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

7/10/2019
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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 The post How One Art Teacher Copes with Anxiety & Depression: AME 137 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:46:15

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

7/3/2019
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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 The post Finding Your Voice as an Art Teacher with Cassie Stephens: AME 136 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:43:42

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

6/26/2019
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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 The post Ways to Make Art a Priority in Your Family with Jean Van’t Hul: AME 135 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:48:56

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

6/12/2019
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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 The post How to Engage Students with Limited English Through Community Connections: AME 133 appeared first on Deep Space...

Duration:00:38:01

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

4/24/2019
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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 The post Clean Up Strategies & Routines for the Art Room: AME 132 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:36:26

Becoming an Art Educator After Raising a Family: AME 131

4/17/2019
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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 The post Becoming an Art Educator After Raising a Family: AME 131 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:45:27

How the Enneagram Broke Me Wide Open: AME 130

4/10/2019
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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 The post How the Enneagram Broke Me Wide Open: AME 130 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:35:09

How to Rock Your First Year Teaching Art: AME 129

4/3/2019
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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 The post How to Rock Your First Year Teaching Art: AME 129 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:40:33

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

3/27/2019
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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 The post How to Use Mantras to Create Connection & Consistency with Your Students: AME 128 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:54:42

Budget Friendly Ways to Cover Art Tables: AME 127

3/20/2019
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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 The post Budget Friendly Ways to Cover Art Tables: AME 127 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:29:33

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

3/13/2019
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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 The post 4 Lessons I Learned About Classroom Management from Years of Subbing: AME 126 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:41:56

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

3/6/2019
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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 The post What it Takes to Become Teacher of the Year: AME 125 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:01:01:37

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

2/27/2019
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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 The post The Creative Habit: Our First Book Club Pick! AME 124 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:49:20

Creating a Community Connection in your Art Class: AME 123

2/20/2019
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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 The post Creating a Community Connection in your Art Class: AME 123 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:40:36

Tips on Running an After-School Program: AME 122

2/13/2019
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Have you ever wanted to start an after school program? Today’s guest, Pamela Saunders from Washington, D.C. was motivated to teach art when her children entered elementary school. Like many school districts, art was not offered, so Pamela took it upon herself to begin an after-school art program. Pamela shares how she began her after-school... View Article The post Tips on Running an After-School Program: AME 122 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:38:58

How One Art Teacher Overcame Debilitating Challenges to Achieve Her Dream: AME 121

2/6/2019
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Have you ever considered what it must feel like to be overweight? Most of us can understand how it feels to be 20 pounds over-weight and even underweight, but weight on a grander scale – like 100 lbs. might be more challenging to understand. Today’s guest, fellow art teacher and friend Cindy Ingram, bravely opens... View Article The post How One Art Teacher Overcame Debilitating Challenges to Achieve Her Dream: AME 121 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:36:57

My Mini Burnout and How I Plan to Recover: AME 120

1/30/2019
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It’s the end of January and while many of you are well on your way to integrating new year’s resolutions into your life, I feel like I’m lagging. Two months of family, work and holiday bustle has left me worn out and uninspired. But today is a new day and it’s because I realized one... View Article The post My Mini Burnout and How I Plan to Recover: AME 120 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:22:41

The Surprising Benefits of Asking for Help: AME 119

12/12/2018
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Do you suffer from chronic overwhelm syndrome? Or as I like to say, do you know how to ask for help? If you’re like most women, the thought of placing a burden on someone else is downright unthinkable. Or, you may be of the belief that its far easier to do the task yourself rather... View Article The post The Surprising Benefits of Asking for Help: AME 119 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:36:45

Dealing with Disrespectful Students: AME 118

12/5/2018
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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 The post Dealing with Disrespectful Students: AME 118 appeared first on Deep Space Sparkle.

Duration:00:25:54