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This podcast is dedicated to empowering you to embrace teaching art with works of art. Each episode will dive deep into different aspects of teaching art - from passionate art teachers sharing their work, to mini trainings on art appreciation strategies that you can use in your classroom, to conversations about the highs and lows that come with being a teacher. Come back each week for an informative interview with an amazing art teacher!
 
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Anyone Can Teach Art | from Ridge Light Ranch

Julie Abels of Ridge Light Ranch | Artist and Art Curriculum Creator

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Help for the Homeschool Art Teacher! Whether you accepted the title reluctantly or you're excited to take it on, being an art teacher can feel overwhelming. What should you teach and how should you teach it? Where will you find the supplies and the time to plan it all? Don't worry, you're in the right place. Welcome to the “Anyone Can Teach Art” podcast from Ridge Light Ranch. I am confident that, no matter what your background is, YOU can teach art! I’m Julie Abels, an artist and art curric ...
 
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As we end November and move into December, it is a good time to think about how you approach the holidays in your classroom. Do you teach holiday projects? Should you teach holiday projects? In today's episode, Tim welcomes Amy Neiwirth to the show to talk about these ideas and so much more. Listen as they discuss how we teach during these months, …
 
I’ve noticed that the excitement and energy that comes with teaching wasn’t really there at the beginning of this school year. And if you’re one who struggles with anxiety or high-sensitivity, teaching these days is harder than ever. Today’s episode is a re-release for both new listeners and old ones who’ve forgotten or missed out on this one the f…
 
November 20th is Corita Day, a celebration of the art and life of Corita Kent, also known as SisterMary Corita. As part of this celebration, Tim welcomes on Nellie Scott, director of the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles. Listen as they discuss Corita's art and life, how Nellie works to preserve Corita's legacy and amplify her message, and how teach…
 
When you’re a kid into art, it’s hard to imagine doing that and getting paid for it like a job. (We all know that old adage about starving artists). This is possibly even more true for those who like writing poetry. You don’t often hear about professional poets. Well, today’s an exception. My guest Glenis Redmond is an award-winning, professional p…
 
Today, Tim is joined by Ray Yang, NAEA's Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Special Initiatives. In this wide-ranging discussion, they talk about the creation of Ray's new role, the initiatives and resources NAEA will be developing, and how teachers who are interested in these ideas can start doing the work. Resources and Links See NA…
 
After graduate school, I worked at an art non-profit called Big Thought. While I was there, my podcast guest today Eric Booth was a consultant who went high up in the company straight out of college. He did a lot of staff development training and programs for the non-profit. This episode represents a full circle moment for me as I thrill at reconne…
 
Author, educator, researcher, and advocate Ulcca Joshi Hansen joins Tim today to discuss her new book, The Future of Smart. Listen as they discuss the opportunity we have to remake our schools, how students should follow their passions and strengths, and why we need to rethink what it means to be smart. Resources and Links See Ulcca's TEDx Talks he…
 
Over the last few months, I’ve really been exploring what really lights me up in my work. While helping teachers bring the joy of personal art connection to their students has been wonderful, I also know that I want to teach again and be in conversations about art rather than just helping others facilitate them. To that end, I’m offering a new prog…
 
On today's episode, Tim and Janet Taylor continue their discussion about AP Art and Design portfolios and the myriad questions that surround them. Listen as they talk about revising old work, helping students document and write about their art, and how you can help set your students up for success. Resources and Links Listen to last week's episode …
 
Some pieces of art just make you uncomfortable. Maybe it’s a movie or scene that hits too close to home, or a book about a particularly violent event (real or fictional) that makes you squirm... or a painting that brings up regrets or painful memories. For Madalyn Gregory and myself, Marcos Raya’s 2000 painting The Anguish of Being and the Nothingn…
 
On today's episode Tim and Janet Taylor get together to talk about AP Art and Design portfolios and the myriad questions that surround them. As Tim says, they don't have all the answers, but the conversation might shed light on strategies that can be helpful with advanced and AP students. Listen as they discuss sustained investigations, synthesizin…
 
I am so excited about today’s guest! Today, I talked to Mario Rossero, the Executive Director of the National Arts Education Association (NAEA). He had an exciting journey as an art teacher before joining the NAEA in January 2020, just before the world exploded. In this episode, we discuss his journey and experiences, but, most importantly, we disc…
 
This school year has seen an increase across the board when it comes to behavior issues--both in frequency and severity. So how can we help our students (and ourselves) with these issues? Today, Tim talks to Janet Taylor and Christine Cusack about strategies to defuse and de-escalate behaviors when students become dysregulated. Listen as they discu…
 
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After last week's podcast about interesting art world stories popping up over the past couple of weeks, somehow there were even more stories coming out this week? Listen as Amanda Heyn joins Tim and they run through a couple of follow-up stories, share a twist on Jasper Johns' new exhibit, and talk about the Danish artist who absconded with $84,000…
 
Guess who I have on as my guest today! Long-time listeners know that I love the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast. One of the co-hosts, Vanessa Zoltan, has similar views about connecting with literature as I do with artwork. In this episode, she and I discuss her book Praying with Jane Eyre and how to use sacred text (or sacred art) as a too…
 
With a number of interesting art world stories popping up over the past couple of weeks, Tim runs down what he has found worthwhile, exciting, and thought-provoking recently. Listen as he discusses Christo and Jeanne-Claude posthumously wrapping the Arc de Triomphe, immersive van Gogh experiences, and an update to the Gardner Museum heist story. Re…
 
The percentage of U.S. students who graduate from high school has never been higher in our history. But have schools ever been structured, resourced, or intended to educate everybody’s child? During Jeffrey Benson’s time as a teacher, mentor, and administrator for over 40 years, he worked with neglected, abused, traumatized, and autistic students w…
 
We hear all the time about how our students should be working together and how we need to give them opportunities to collaborate. But what exactly does that look like in the art room? What could it look like? In today's episode, Jessica Provow returns to the show to share ideas from a project she has developed for her students. Listen as she and Ti…
 
We sometimes talk about using art to make a difference. And while some may be cynical about that claim, my guest today isn’t one of them. Dani Coke has an incredible story to share about how her art went viral overnight, made a difference, and really changed her life, and she explains her artistic process. As you listen to her describe her journey,…
 
In today's episode, AOEU graduate and elementary art teacher LeighAnn Greene joins Tim to talk about her research and implementation of compassion-based teaching in her classroom. Listen as LeighAnn shares her journey to compassion-based teaching, how her mindset has shifted, and why relationships are so vitally important in our teaching. Resources…
 
In the wake of the pandemic last year, I recorded a conference, Called to Art, that brought together educators from across the U.S. It was an amazing experience where I used real-world examples of myself to discuss what we learn from looking at art, how we can become emotionally connected to particular pieces of art, and why you should show more wo…
 
Formative assessment is a challenge for most art teachers. How do we know if we are doing it right? How can we do it well without overwhelming ourselves? Lindsey Moss joins Tim in today's episode to talk about all things formative assessment, including some of her favorite strategies, how you can implement ideas easily, and why assessment should be…
 
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is right around the corner. So many people, including your students, weren’t alive when it happened. That’s shocking when you think about it because of how it changed our world practically overnight and still influences current events. So in this episode, I want to use the 9/11 Memorial artwork as a case study for bring…
 
When Jay-Z and Beyonce show up in an ad campaign with a new Basquiat painting very few people have ever seen, of course we need to talk about it! Jenn Russell and Lena Rodriguez join Tim to celebrate The Carters and share their love for Basquiat. Listen as they discuss the intersection of art and pop culture, how we deal with previously unseen artw…
 
Imagine that you’ve never experienced a whole lot of grief before. Then something devastating happens to you and leads to something beautiful. It happened to my guest today, Beryl Young. I’ve known her for several years, ever since I first started Art Class Curator at a blogger conference. Before working with teachers and schools on photography cur…
 
As we move into yet another school year affected by the pandemic--that's three now, if you're counting--so many teachers are completely exhausted. And how could you be feeling any other way? In today's episode, Tim shares his thoughts on why that feeling never goes away, how we can attempt to navigate this school year, and how we can help each othe…
 
Art as a defensive weapon? It seems strange, but Pablo Picasso demonstrated its power in his painting Guernica. I’ve brought Jennifer Easterling back onto the show for another art conversation, and this time we discuss Picasso’s famous artwork. Both of us had strong gut reactions to it, so in this episode we talk about what it’s taught us and its i…
 
As we move into another school year, it is important to remember where we can find community and where we can make connections. One great way to do that is to tune in to AOEU's Instagram Live shows, hosted by Sarah Krajewski. Sarah is on the podcast today to talk about the artists and creatives she brings on the show, some of her favorite guests, a…
 
Does the idea of writing a grant proposal intimidate you? Barbara Lardner is an art teacher who’s taught in multiple grade levels throughout elementary, middle, and high school for over 25 years. She also happens to be an expert at grant writing for the classroom. So in this episode, I’ve invited her on to share her experiences, tips, and best prac…
 
Today's conversation comes to you from the recent NOW Conference. Sharonda Harris-Marshall, an art educator, artist, writer, and filmmaker, talked to Tim and Amanda about a variety of topics in this wide-ranging discussion. Listen as they cover how we deal with feelings of guilt and inadequacy, how we can help our students create meaningful work, a…
 
What in the world is a SPARKwork? At Art Class Curator, we love to do things differently than what you’ll find anywhere else. Recently, I relaunched The Curated Connections Library with SPARKworks, a new name with new features for an established framework. In this episode, I walk you through what a SPARKwork lesson is, how to follow one step-by-ste…
 
As we look to this fall and the start of the school year, it is important to reflect on what we can do differently in the upcoming year and how we can take advantage of new opportunities. In today's episode, Lindsey Moss joins Tim to share some of her thoughts on the coming year. Listen as they discuss how she is rethinking her classroom, her conce…
 
Ever since I started Art Class Curator in 2014, I’ve heard a lot of teachers who haven’t tried our lessons tell me that their students can’t do them. They think the lessons are too high-level or their students won’t connect with the works of art. Oh how wrong they are! So today I want to dissolve the myth that your students can’t handle higher leve…
 
The event we have all been waiting for--the NOW Conference--is finally here! Amanda Heyn joins Tim today to talk about their preparation for the big day, their excitement about the conference, and how teachers can make the most of their professional learning on Thursday and beyond. Join us at the NOW Conference on July 29th, where we will share a g…
 
This year was one of, if not the hardest, for teachers in their entire career. Many reached a breaking point and decided to leave the classroom or retire early. And while it might be better going forward, everything isn’t fixed. The pandemic goes on, and teachers will still face many of the same worries as last year. The question to ask yourself in…
 
We can do a lot of interesting things--and have a lot of success--when it comes to assessment in the art room. We still need to be mindful of how we handle assessment, however, and how it differs from grading. In today's episode, Janet Taylor joins Tim to discuss her best tips for assessments, eliminating bias in grading, and why we need to reflect…
 
The personal connection you have with works of arts--what it does for you and how you use it in your life--rubs off on your students too and impacts their lives and those around them. Author John Butler once said, “Art changes people and people change the world.” How? I did some research to discover what looking at art does for us as people and the…
 
Teaching with comics offers so many opportunities for us in the art room, and so many avenues for our students to explore. In today's episode, Tim Smyth and Candido Crespo join Tim to share their perspectives on how comics can be used in our classrooms. Listen as they discuss Tim's experiences teaching with comics, Candido's use of comics in the ar…
 
Jenn Easterling is back on the show today! She’s been in the classroom for 11 years teaching grades K-12 and has taught drawing, painting, and a little art history in her studio. Jenn joins me to talk about how learning and teaching art powers personal connection We also talk about some of the lessons offered at Art Class Curator as well as the fun…
 
Phil Hansen is an artist, creative, and an advocate for advancing art education. He’s the author of Tattoo a Banana, a guide to exploring creativity through art with everyday materials. His Embrace the Shake TED talk is a favorite of art teachers everywhere. And today, he joins Tim on the podcast to talk about creativity, artmaking, and education. …
 
Believe it or not, the pandemic had its bright side. During this tumultuous year, we’ve had so many teachers across the nation successfully use our SPARK Hybrid curriculum. They're sharing amazing stories about how they are SPARKing interest with art students and connecting with works of art. Today, I interviewed one of those teachers, Staci Steren…
 
Yes, we have stepped away from school for a bit, but this summer might not be like your usual summer. Things feel different--things are different--but how can we best deal with that fact? Today, Sarah Krajewski joins Tim to talk about how we can take stock of where we are and find our best path forward. Listen as they discuss how we approach the su…
 
Like I said in last week’s episode, this summer, we’re focusing on getting a good feel for what teachers have gone through this year. What struggles you’ve had, and we want to acknowledge you for the work you've done and empathize with you for how hard that was. We also want to celebrate, but right now doesn’t feel like the right headspace for that…
 
The summer is finally here, and with it, perhaps the time you need to create some art. But do you have the inspiration? In today's episode, Tim welcomes on artist and educator Juana Meneses to talk about how you can rediscover your artistic identity. Listen as they discuss finding inspiration, how you can always be ready to make art, and possible o…
 
For this summer, I really want to focus on art teachers and what they went through in the last year teaching through the pandemic. Every teacher has a different story to tell about what they faced, and I want to talk about one of the hardest years in memory for teachers and celebrate getting through it. Looking forward to the new school year, what …
 
Not only is late work an annoyance and a far-too-common occurrence, but it also raises a number of questions about how we deal with it in the art room. Should students be punished for turning work in late? How should grades be affected? What are the best ways to motivate students to finish their work? Jenn Russell joins Tim to answer these question…
 
Today, I’m here with Jennifer Easterling who is another wonderful staff member of Art Class Curator. She writes lessons for our membership at Curated Connections Library and our curriculums. In this episode, she’s chosen Shirin Neshat’s Rebellious Silence for our conversation which she’s been enraptured with ever since she came across it when looki…
 
This episode from 2019 takes a dive into how we teach drawing. Stan Dodson, art teacher from Augusta, Georgia, joins Tim to talk about how we can encourage kids to take more chances, experiment, and explore in their drawing. Listen as they discuss their favorite drawing projects, ideas for materials and techniques, and the importance of visual jour…
 
Today’s episode is a recording of a webinar I did recently with Kris Bakke at Nasco Education. I talk all about social emotional learning, it’s importance, and how we accomplish that in the art room through working with works of art. In the process, I use a Molly Crabapple portrait as part of an exercise for the webinar group and give an overview o…
 
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