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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!

Art Made Easy Patty Palmer: Art Teacher and expert in teaching art to kids.

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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!

    How to Cultivate Creative Thinkers at Home: AME 153

    How to Cultivate Creative Thinkers at Home: AME 153

    The Coronavirus is certainly shaking things up. It's early on in the cycle of school closures, social distancing and home-based learning and people are just plain confused.







    Folks deal with these types of events differently. There is a tremendous amount of pressure to stay put, not travel, hoard toilet paper and stock up on Chardonnay. So I thought it might be helpful to offer you a permission slip to slow down, calm down and take this pandemic day by day.







    There are so many opportunities lurking behind every bored moment, teaching challenge and frustrations. You never really know when you'll hit your stride of capturing moments for your students and children during this disruption.







    This episode shares insights on how boredom is the biggest precursor to creativity. How pulling back maybe the best way to ignite children's creativity.















    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:







    - What I did to develop and nurture my own creativity when I was a child.







    - How giving your child unstructured time to think about what they like will lead to so many good things







    - A simple exercise you can start using today with younger students







    - Why you don't need a lot of tech or equipment to connect with your students while they're at home







    - What possibilities exist when children are home for an extended period of time







    - What I recommend you do (and don't do) while home during this time















    LISTEN TO THE SHOW:























    LINKS & RESOURCES:







    How the Enneagram Broke Me Wide Ame: AME 130







    www.deepspacesparkle.com/enneagram-broke-wide-open-ame-130/







    The Art Pantry Website







    www.theartpantry.com/diy/e-guides/







    Join us in the Podcast Aftershow on the Dazzler Facebook Group. I'd love to hear your main takeaways from this week's podcast.







    www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/







    You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram







    Facebook







    Instagram







    For help contact: support@deepspacesparkle.com

    • 23 min
    Your Communication Plan (and Why it’s Never Too Late to Create One): AME 152

    Your Communication Plan (and Why it’s Never Too Late to Create One): AME 152

    Do you struggle to find the right response when parents complain about your cancellation policy, how you're grading children in art class, or why your art looks the way it does?

    You're not alone.

    One of the biggest challenges for many art teachers, classroom teachers, and art volunteers is setting expectations for your art program. This is an often overlooked part of your program and if not addressed early on, can lead to some very uncomfortable conversations.

    And believe me, I've had a few.

    If you struggle with any of the above, then I'm happy to say that the solution is easy. Today, I'm sharing how a communication plan will empower you with a clear message that will virtually eliminate any confusion with parents, teachers and your administration. Download my worksheet below that will help walk you through each step of your communication plan.

    "When you are confident in your approach, art philosophy, rules and procedures, you can bet others will be confident in YOU." - Patty Palmer











    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

    - How to draft an effective communication plan

    - Why it's never too late to send out a communication letter to the parents

    - How you can use social media to get your message out

    - Why this practice has been a positive experience for me

    - What can happen if you delay sending this information

    - Which topics to cover in your communication letter











    LISTEN TO THE SHOW:



















    LINKS & RESOURCES:

    Click the yellow button below to download my worksheet to help you draft your own art program letter:











    Join us in the Podcast Aftershow on the Dazzler Facebook Group. I'd love to hear your main takeaways from this week's podcast.

    www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/

    You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram

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    Instagram

    For help contact: support@deepspacesparkle.com

    • 39 min
    The Secret Benefits of Make-Up Art Days: AME 151

    The Secret Benefits of Make-Up Art Days: AME 151

    As art teachers we have BIG goals for our art programs. Extensive year-long themes and curriculums require many class sessions to complete. And the more classes a project requires, the more likely it is that kids will fall behind. And that means a portfolio of unfinished work.

    One of the most effective ways to tackle unfinished work is to schedule a make-up art day for your students. Not only are they helpful in building the confidence level of your young artists but they’ll have more finished art to choose from for your annual art show. It’s a win-win!

    Why you should schedule a Make-up day:

    1. Students can select which project means the most to them

    2. Students feel a sense of accomplishment

    3. Portfolios reflect the full body of work the student has created

    4. More projects to select from for the art show

    HOW:

    1. Set up your space to reflect how students will move through their projects.

    2. Pull our portfolios and lay on table

    3. Determine the projects that have the most unfinished work

    4. Set up individual tables with the supplies to work on those projects

    5. Allow children to move from table to table

    Join us in the Podcast Aftershow on the Dazzler Facebook Group. I'd love to hear your main takeaways from this week's podcast.





    www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/











    LISTEN TO THE SHOW:





















    LINKS & RESOURCES:

    Podcasts mentioned in this episode:

    How to Prepare for a School Art Show: AME 148

    www.deepspacesparkle.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-school-art-show-ame-148/

    You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram

    Facebook

    Instagram

    For help contact: support@deepspacesparkle.com

    • 21 min
    5 Unconventional Ways to Connect with your Students: AME 150

    5 Unconventional Ways to Connect with your Students: AME 150

    Do you sometimes feel that there is a spark missing from your art room? Maybe your students are acting bored, apathetic or disruptive?

    Don't throw out your behavior management plan just yet. All you might need is a change in how you engage with your students.

    Here are my favorite - and slightly unconventional ways - to connect with your students so your art room is engaging, happy and fun.

    1. Get to know your students

    There is always a story behind the struggle and sometimes the most gentle way to show a child you care is to sit and ask them about their day/interest/hobbies.

    2. Become aware of personality profiles

    Even younger children demonstrate a tendency towards a certain personality: who is the team player, who is the perfectionist, who is bossy, who demands attention. Play into these strong traits with humor, affection and acceptance.

    3. Aim to connect with 1-2 kids each class

    Pick out 2 kids per class with whom you will sit with and give attention. Sometimes, this act allows you to really see a child for who they are.

    4. Practice the Clean Slate Model

    In my mind, this is a game-changer for building trust, authority and compassion. If you have a classroom behavior plan and implement it, making sure to use the Clean Slate Model afterwards is essential.

    5. Help kids be responsible for contributing to the class dynamics

    Determine who gets to help with prep or clean up or who gets to be the model for portrait demonstrations. Showcase or hi light a student's work of art. Develop a practice of critiquing each others works with kindness and curiosity. Anything that can build on the team dynamics of a class contributes to its overall effectiveness.











    LISTEN TO THE SHOW



















    LINKS & RESOURCES:

    Join us in the Dazzler Facebook Group for the Aftershow discussion with your favorite way to connect with students. I'd love to hear your stories!

    Books mentioned in this podcast episode:

    Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers by Michael Linsin: https://amzn.to/32t0qVx

    The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile: https://amzn.to/2Pq41OI

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    You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram

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    For help contact: support@deepspacesparkle.com

    • 41 min
    How to Embrace Your Role as a Non-Credentialed Art Teacher: AME 149

    How to Embrace Your Role as a Non-Credentialed Art Teacher: AME 149

    Are you a credentialed art teacher?

    Or are you teaching art without an art related degree?

    I'm curious because this topic has been a HOT one in our Facebook groups. And truthfully, if I get hate mail at all, it's usually because of two things: selling art lessons or saying you can teach art even if you're not an artist.

    I do both because I believe in both. Especially the latter.

    In this episode of Art Made Easy, I talk about the friction that can happen when these two types of art educators collide.

    I'll go over my strategies that can help you adjust your mindset in order to stay positive and be confident with the skills that you have.











    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

    - Helpful practices from my experience as a non-credentialed art teacher

    - How to overcome your feelings and change your mindset

    - Strategies to keep your focus on happy art and happy kids

    - Tips for staying motivated

    - How to avoid toxic thoughts











    LISTEN TO THE SHOW:













    LINKS & RESOURCES:

    Join us in the Dazzlers Aftershow Discussion 

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/permalink/2889480827762556/

    Podcasts related to this episode:

    10 Rules for Art Teachers: AME 099

    www.deepspacesparkle.com/10-rules-art-teachers-ame-099/

    The Life Coach School Podcast by Brooke Castillo:

    https://thelifecoachschool.com/podcasts/

    How to Lead for Female Entrepreneurs Podcast by Kris Plachy:

    krisplachy.com/podcast/

    • 40 min
    How to Prepare for a School Art Show: AME 148

    How to Prepare for a School Art Show: AME 148

    Hosting an art show is undeniably the best way to celebrate your student's year long efforts in art education. But the logistics of an art show can be overwhelming.

    Whether you're excited to put this together (or expected to) it's always a good idea to plan ahead.

    In this episode, I'll take you through each step to prepare yourself and what you can do to make sure your art show is a success.

    Download my Art Show Checklist below and follow along with me in today's podcast.



    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

    - How to select the right projects for display

    - Who you should contact to help coordinate your event

    - Why student portfolios are important

    - What are the most important things you'll need to do one month, one week and a day before the show



    LISTEN TO THE SHOW:





    LINKS & RESOURCES:

    Make sure to DOWNLOAD my free guide to setting up your own art show. Add your name and email and we'll send this PDF straight to you!











    Join us in the Dazzlers Podcast Aftershow Discussion to chat more about art shows and share your best art show successes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/

    Podcast's mentioned in this episode:

    3 Steps to a Successful Art Show: AME 084 https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/3-steps-successful-art-show-ame-084/ 

    Art Inspired Instagram Accounts:

    Sparkler Krista Hillman's Instagram: https:///www.instagram.com/artsatplaceracademy/

    Sarah Krajewski's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artroomglitterfairy/

    Additional Resources:

    Art Show Guidebook: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/shop/art-show-guidebook/ (*Sparkler Club Members, you can access to this in the TEACHER AIDES)

    You can visit Patty through Deep Space Sparkle on Facebook and Instagram

    Facebook

    Instagram

    For help contact: support@deepspacesparkle.com

    • 41 min

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