My Podcast & New Weekly Program Preview

I had the amazing opportunity to share in a podcast recently. This link to the podcast below is to a presentation on teaching art at home that I pray will be an encouragement and that you will get some new ideas about teaching your kids art at home:

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I also want you to preview this NEW learning opportunity for your kids.  Every week you can receive a lesson that will include art techniques and vocabulary, literature and music.  It is multi-level for different ages and your visual and kinesthetic learners will love it. It includes websites to go for further exploration and also to videos you will enjoy. UPDATE: WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE LAUNCHING OF OUR WEEKLY LESSONS UNTIL A LATER DATE [POSSIBLY FALL 2015]. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING AND PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR OUR OTHER PRODUCTS AND OFFERINGS THROUGH THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
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Younger students and older students will have a new art, music and literature lesson every week.  Our sample lesson from week 1 is about the swan and is for you to get a feel for our teaching style. We will see master art by Audubon and several other great artists and learn about atmospheric perspective and drawing a swan, listen to “Swan Lake” and learn how to draw a ballerina and draw athletes in action. Also, we will watch and listen to Disney’s “Swan Lake” dancing hippos and take a look at the real hippo Jessica.  Then we will look at the wonderful poem by Yeats “The Wild Swans at Coole” and also the great short story “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Anderson.
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Working with younger students? Try scented markers!

A great idea for younger students is purchasing some scented markers. Mr. Marker is a good brand and is carried here by Rainbow Resources.  These marvelous markers are bold and beautiful in their colors and the smells are fabulous as well.  This can create a wonderful learning opportunity in learning colors, texture, and a variety of fruits, etc…

The idea of showing children an orange and then having them draw an orange and color an orange all the while smelling the scent of an orange makes a memorable learning experience.  Looking at a master work still life such as Fede Galizia’s,  “Maiolica Basket of Fruit” done in 1610, and having children draw the fruit and smell the scent of the fruit at the same time also makes a memorable experience. Have fun!

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What are Characteristics of a Good Art Teacher? Four Qualities

1. A good art teacher wants you to learn something new about art and have fun doing it.  This includes the elements and principles of art, techniques (how tos), and art appreciation.

2. A good art teacher makes you feel comfortable and encouraged practicing self-expression.

3. A good art teacher wants you to explore your hidden talents while gaining a new appreciation of art and the role it plays in the world around you and how it relates to the core subjects.

4. A good art teacher strives to have students that produce work in each class that is unique.  They want you to be able to think for yourself and make decisions and put a work of art together that belongs to you the student.  A good art teacher does not want you to be afraid of failure, but have the tenacity of an inventor.  It is ok to fail, the next attempt may be spectacular.  In other academic core classes, there is usually only one right answer.  But in art the ability to think for yourself can not only prepare you for success in your other classes, but in your future life.

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Enouraging Struggling Learners

In my studio, we have painted all of the chairs differently. There is a map chair, a day and night chair, blueberry chair, sunflower chair, a butterfly chair, rainbow chair and more. Just like all these chairs are different, each special needs child is different. I hope you are blessed and encouraged by this article. Many parents have struggling learners. I think art is one of that answers! You’ll find tips, sample lessons and resources here! Read here for more.

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Elements of a Successful Art Lesson – Four Things to Include

In my opinion, the makings of a good art lesson includes four elements:

1. In every lesson, have children learn something new about art and have fun doing it.  This includes learning techniques in a variety of media, the elements and principles of art and vocabulary of the arts,  and art appreciation.

2. Each child should feel comfortable and encouraged in practicing self-expression.

3. Each child can explore and be encouraged about discovering hidden talents and have a new appreciation of the importance of art and the role it plays in the world around them.

4. Strive to have each child produce a work of art that is unique.  Allow them to do some independent thinking once the lesson is introduced; to be able to put a work together that is uniquely theirs.  Through art, each child can learn how to not be afraid of failure and have the tenacity of an inventor.  The ability to do this independent thinking can enhance their future success in other subject areas.

I hope this helps as you make your lesson plans. Consider using our curriculum! We incorporate all these elements into an easy to use format for students AND teachers. We also use art as a method of incorporating other core subjects into the material. Art is not just an extracurricular activity! I know in Missouri, where I live, you have to track core hours. With our materials, your art time can count for core because of how we integrate math, science, history and literature into the lessons. Learn more about our products here:

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