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Teaching Artist Podcast was started by Rebecca Potts, a visual arts teaching artist. She interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. This podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

Teaching Artist Podcast Rebecca Potts

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Teaching Artist Podcast was started by Rebecca Potts, a visual arts teaching artist. She interviews practicing artists who are also K-12 educators. This podcast is dedicated to discussions of teaching art, making art, and how those things overlap and feed each other. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachingartistpodcast/support

    #16: Mark Rode: Advocating for Arts Education

    #16: Mark Rode: Advocating for Arts Education

    It was so much fun talking with Mark Rode! Our chat brought me down memory lane a bit as my path was similar in many ways to his. Living in New York in our 20’s, engaged in the art world there, with dreams of becoming an art professor. I loved hearing how Mark’s dreams shifted and how his art practice is also shifting to better align with other values in life - like family and stability!

    It’s also been helpful doing follow-up chats about racism with the artists I’ve interviewed. I realize that these questions were shockingly lacking from my initial thoughts about what to discuss, so my attempt to rectify that is going back to those that have been recorded, but not yet released. Mark talked about several Black artists that he likes to share with students, including one I didn’t know. I’ll link to them in the blog post, so go check that out.

    Building community and advocating for ourselves and our profession is so important. I love what Mark has done to highlight other art teachers with his interview website, ask the art teacher. Go check it out! He has some great interviews with incredible art teachers including Don Masse, Nic Hahn, Cassie Stephens, Julie Voigt and many more.

    I also really like his paintings and how he pushes space and depth using hard lines, opacity, value, color, and texture. I’m excited to see what’s next as his practice ebbs and flows. It was nice to talk about the reality of trying to maintain an art practice while teaching and parenting young children. And Mark is still in the thick of it with a 4 year old and 8 month old! I love his idea of shifting to drawing or watercolor on paper for a while.

    Mark Rode is an artist and educator based in Minneapolis.  He paints within the realm of geometric abstraction, exploring the spatial possibilities and contradictions in the picture plane. Mark also teaches visual art to students in grades 1-5 at an elementary school in the Twin Cities.  His students are a continual source of inspiration.

    Blog post with images
    www.markrodeonline.com

    Ask the Art Teacher

    @artwithmr.rode (Teaching Instagram)

    @mark_rode (Personal Instagram)


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #15: Chris Brandt: Letting the Process Lead

    #15: Chris Brandt: Letting the Process Lead

    It was so great talking with Chris Brandt about her winding path to teaching, her art-making, and TAB. I’ve mentioned before how I started attempting to shift to teaching for artistic behavior (or TAB) this year, so it was so helpful to hear about how Chris structures her curricula and sets up her classroom.

    Chris was generous with her time in recording a second time to talk about racism very honestly and with vulnerability. I really appreciate her openness and desire to continue improving how she works towards eliminating racism in her classroom and teaching. With this addendum, the episode got quite long, but I decided to keep it all together in one long episode... listen in chunks if needed.  :) 

    Christina (Chris) Brandt is a teaching artist at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas.  She graduated with a BFA in drawing and painting from The Ohio State University, and recently completed her master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University.

    Chris still paints but has expanded her work into clay and metals as well.  Her recent sculptures are based on Aesop’s fables, depicting the animals as they learn human moral lessons.

    Chris teaches Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primer and fourth grade art as well as eighth grade ceramics and sculpture.  The Hockaday School is a PK-12 girls’ school that values the fine art.  Chris uses the Teaching for Artistic Behavior method in her early childhood art classroom.  The girls learn new art skills and methods while enjoying the freedom to create what they desire with the mediums they choose.

    Living in a suburb of Dallas, Chris is married and has three grown children and three rambunctious long-haired dachshunds.

    Blog post with images

    www.chrisbrandtartwork.com

    @christbrandt1212 on Instagram

    Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)

    Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

    Engaging Learners Through Artmaking by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith

    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou

    Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler

    Alison Saar's Mirror Mirror; Mulatta Seeking Inner Negress II, 2015

    A brief article about Alison Saar

    Toko Shinoda's work that "blends traditional calligraphy with Modern abstraction"

    Kimmy Cantrell's Masks

    Leonardo Drew's work

    Firelei Baez's work


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    #14: Liz Brent: Making Art Accessible

    #14: Liz Brent: Making Art Accessible

    Speaking with Liz Brent was so refreshing! Her passion for art and for her students came through so strongly. I loved hearing how she balances it all and how she has adjusted during this time of social distancing. Liz also had such great messages of encouragement to share!

    It was so evident in talking with her that she cares deeply for all her students - whether kids she’s working with in school, or adults she’s teaching through her membership program. I’m also so impressed with her business sense - something I’m struggling with - and how she continues to find new ways of reaching people with her art and teaching practices. Liz keeps love, patience, and kindness at the heart of what she does. She’s cultivating peace through painting.

    Liz Brent is an art teacher, artist, and owner of BrentArt, where she and her family create custom art for people all over the country. She has taught hundreds of students how to paint - From K to Adult, beginners to advanced. She recently opened her online painting membership, the Painter's Retreat, to combine her experience as an artist and art teacher to share her love for painting with others.

    She earned her BFA in Art Education and Masters in Special Education and is currently a high school special education teacher and case manager.

    With her experience working with diverse learners, she makes sure to break down painting into a simple, step-by step process. From art camps and nursing homes, to high schools and community centers, she’s pretty much taught everywhere.

    She says “My goal is to make art accessible for all, one lesson at a time.”

    Thank you, Liz!

    Blog post with images

    www.lizbrentart.com

    Teachable

    @lizbrentart on instagram

    Liz Brent Art on Facebook

    Patreon

    Brent Art (the Brent family business)


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    • 48 min
    #13: Aaron Bos-Wahl: Awe at the World

    #13: Aaron Bos-Wahl: Awe at the World

    I weighed skipping some time between episodes as we stand together for justice, freedom from oppression, and an end to police brutality. While I won't be and haven't been promoting podcast episodes nearly as much as usual, I decided to go ahead with this scheduled episode with Aaron Bos-Wahl, a talented artist and caring educator. I thought it might be helpful in some way to hear us (2 white artists) grapple with race and representation in the classroom. We talk about a lot of other things as well of course, but back in April when we recorded, representation was on our minds. I also added a longer than usual intro speaking about racism and teaching from an anti-racist platform.

    It was great to reconnect with Aaron Bos-Wahl, who got his MFA at Washington University in St. Louis with me. He’s been teaching elementary art at a charter school in Philadelphia for the past 5 years while also maintaining his studio practice. I loved hearing about how his career has shifted since grad school and what he loves about teaching at the elementary level.

    Aaron Bos-Wahl was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, he earned his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa and in 2010 his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he teaches elementary art at Inquiry Charter School.

    I love the idea Aaron brought up of looking with awe at the world, capturing the childlike vision of our students in our own art practice. It was also encouraging to hear how he continues to make art and keep a studio through the challenges of time, budgeting, and self doubt. Realizing that there’s a natural ebb and flow to creativity just as there is to most things in life is soooo helpful. I’ll try to remember his words about keeping faith in the process and having the courage to continue making next time I’m in the ebb stage. Thank you, Aaron!!

    Blog post with images

    @boswahl

    Some of Aaron's students' artwork made at the beginning of distance learning

    Some artists Aaron's been loving lately:

    Hilary Pecis

    Jordan Casteel

    Giordanne Salley

    Louis Fratino


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    #12: Cassie Stephens: Being Fully Yourself

    #12: Cassie Stephens: Being Fully Yourself

    Back in March, I spoke with Cassie Stephens! Yes, THE Cassie Stephens, art teacher extraordinaire. If you don’t know her, just google her name. I have to admit, I was suuuuper nervous during this interview. Cassie Stephens is such an incredible art teacher and has been so generous in how she shares her knowledge and experience with the world via youtube, her podcast, her books, and now her instagram live series.

    I tried to ask her about things she hadn't shared elsewhere and loved hearing about her own creative process and practice, including hesitation to just dive into new materials and techniques, learning to be ok with shifting passions, and the benefits of being a hoarder. Haha. She talked about scratching your creative itch and working your passions into your teaching to bring enthusiasm to the classroom.

    It was also so refreshing to hear that despite seeming to magically produce an insane amount of content and fashion while teaching full-time, she is as human as us all and just has lots of projects going all the time, many of which take months or even years to complete.

    After spending entirely too long at Indiana University getting her degree in both painting and art education, Cassie Stephens did her student teaching in the magical land of Ireland. While she was away, her parents, fully aware of her slacker ways, sent out 52 art teacherin’ job applications to such far away places as Alaska. One such place that called her for an interview was Nashville, Tennessee. On a whim, she loaded up her jean-jumpers, resume and chain-smoking grandma to made the trip to Nashville where she landed her first teaching gig.

    Fast forward nearly 15 years and Cassie had settled down with her husband and their three cats. Sadly, she’d fallen into an art teacherin’ slump rehashing stale art lessons, still wearing those sad jean jumpers and doing little creating of her own. It was then that she decided to create a blog that might help snap her out of her funk. 

    Zip forward once more to the present. These days, you can find Cassie teaching in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. She’s written two books filled with sewing and clay crafts for kids and art teachers alike. You can also take a listen to her podcast where she shares all things life and art teacherin’.

    Thank you so much, Cassie!!

    I loved hearing such encouragement from her, from art-making to teaching to just hitting record right now. The more I think about it, the more I feel that her superpower is encouragement. Every time I watch her videos, I feel it - whether intended for kids or other art teachers, she beams enthusiasm and getting things done. She talked about allowing her passions and interests to change over the course of her life - going from oil painting to fashion - and being open to continued change.

    Blog post with images

    Cassie's Blog

    Cassie's Youtube

    @cassie_stephenz on Instagram

    Cassie Stephens Art on Facebook

    @cassiestephens on Twitter

    Cassie's podcast (or search her name in your favorite podcast app)

    Favorite Lessons for Home Based Art Education

    Chris Uphues Lesson we talked about as a way for kids to process and share emotions. This lesson focused on happiness, but as we mentioned in the podcast, allowing for any emotion to surface and come out can be cathartic.

    Book: Clay Lab for Kids

    Book: Stitch & String Lab for Kids


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    #11: Chloe Alexander: Presence & Persistence

    #11: Chloe Alexander: Presence & Persistence

    Speaking with Chloe Alexander was such a joy. She brings such positivity while keeping things very real and honest. She shared great advice for continuing to create art and push yourself forward. I also loved hearing about her work - both the physical processes with layers of drawing, print, and collage and the content with layers of meaning. I’ve probably mentioned here before that my background is in printmaking, so I just love talking with other printmakers!

    Chloe Alexander is a printmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. Her most recent work focuses on creating visual narratives by layering various printmaking techniques to create one-of-a-kind, mixed media drawings. Chloe obtained her BFA in Printmaking in 2010 and M.Ed in 2014, both from Georgia State University. In addition to her personal art practice, she works as a high school Drawing and Fashion Illustration & Design instructor. Chloe has exhibited work across Atlanta, the Southeast, and internationally, including Georgia State University, the Prism Art Fair during Miami Art Week, Print Austin, and Etch Ink Gallery at the Athens Printmaking Center in Athens, Greece. Most recently, Chloe was awarded a 2020-2022 residency with the Creative Project in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Chloe’s drive and persistence really struck me. She kept at it, adjusted and re-applied when she got rejected, sought out resources and made career shifts to support her art practice. That bit of encouragement she shared towards the end was also wonderful. Artists and art educators out there, keep making if it helps keep you sane and helps you process emotions. Take a break if that helps. We’re nearing the end of the school year here (I teach until mid-June) and I know next fall is very uncertain, but hang in there.

    Chloe’s work is also so beautiful and full of meaning. The idea of engaging in the same thing while being disengaged with each other - ugh. So apt. The imagery of the carrier pigeon sending a message out into the world really struck me as we all send our messages through the air right now. Go look at her work!

    And speaking of sending messages, I would love to hear from you! Send me an email at teachingartistpodcast@gmail.com, tag me or DM me on Instagram @teachingartistpodcast , or send a voice message to that same email that I can share on the podcast!

    Links:

    thehaplessprintmaker.com

    @thehaplessprintmaker

    The Creatives Project

    Adobe Spark

    Book: First Six Weeks of School 

    Rug Tufting Machine from Tim Eads

    Mychaelyn Michalec - artist whose name I butchered who uses the rug tufter (sorry Mychaelyn!)




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    • 1 hr 7 min

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dreilyyio ,

Hello all

I want to thank Rebecca for the opportunity to talk with her about art and teaching. Listening to this during our quarantine time makes me feel so connected. Please check out her work, share this podcast and support the Arts. Thank you, Rebecca!

leempierce ,

Really appreciate what this podcast is doing for teacher/artists

I am not an artist but I am a teacher and I’ve seen a lot of friends who teach k12 art get so involved with their students that their own studio work goes by the wayside. I’ve been sending them the first episodes of this podcast to remind them they can keep doing art and be a good teacher! Keep the inspiration coming!

Alice Stone-Collins ,

Great new find!

What a great podcast about teaching artists, and so much more! Diving not only into their teaching practices, but making their own work and insights into daily life outside the classroom.

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