We help you love teaching art so that you can give your children all the benefits of art and creativity in their education.
Teaching art can feel overwhelming, but I’m confident that, no matter what your background is, YOU can teach art! In this weekly podcast you’ll receive help with the details and the big picture of teaching art as my guests and I discuss topics like:
- Fun art project ideas
- What to teach in an art lesson and how to teach it
- Where to buy art supplies, and what supplies I suggest
- Scripts for explaining hard concepts to students
- The Elements of Art
- The Classical model of education, and
- What it means to live a creative life
The Latest Episode of Anyone Can Teach Art
Why Study Albrecht Durer, the Bold, Confident, German Renaissance Artist? (Podcast #39)
Albrecht Durer was known as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Germany,” but he was a Renaissance trendsetter in the whole European art world. His impact reached far beyond Germany, partially because he traveled to other countries, but more because his Woodblock cuts were far beyond what anyone had ever created! However, Durer wasn’t just an artist, he was also interested in theology, science, proportions, math, geometry, and epistemology (the study of the foundation of knowledge).
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Who are Deanna and Julie?
You’re lovely hosts!
- Deanna is a speaker and teacher in Bible study and theology, currently in graduate school for theology. Her background is in engineering and she has a husband and two school-aged sons… and a life-long love of art.
- Julis is an artist and art curriculum creator. She’s also a wife, homeschool mom of two boys, and a student of the classical model of education.
We’re sisters and best friends. Even though we live thousands of miles apart, we love to chat with each other about whatever’s on our mind. We love podcasting together and we hope you both enjoy listening and learn from Anyone Can Teach Art.
Past Episodes of Anyone Can Teach Art:
Why Study Fra Angelico, the Humble, Artist-Monk? (Episode #38)
Fra Angelico is another great Renaissance artist. We can see the Gothic-to-Renaissance progression over the years in his works of art and have rich conversations about the underlying philosophies and worldviews that influenced art at this time. Fra Angelico’s artwork also shows some examples of foreshortening, a key drawing skill!
Why Study Ghiberti, Creator of the Gates of Paradise? (Episode 37)
Lorenzo Ghiberti was a famous early Renaissance artist, best known for his three dimensional bronzed reliefs on the doors of the Florentine Baptistry. By learning about his work, we get to learn about relief art and its somewhat three-dimensional nature. We can also gain an understanding of the role of the church and religion in Renaissance art and culture and the role of architecture in art.
Why Study Giotto, the Father of the Renaissance? (Episode 36)
Studying Giotto is a great way to usher in your study of the Renaissance period because he’s the Father of the Renaissance in Florentine art. We chat about Giotto’s life, the hallmarks of Renaissance art and some art project ideas for your study of Giotto.
4 More Secrets to Adding Depth to your Art (Episode 35)
In this 2nd half of our discussion on the 7 Methods of Perspective, we’re talking about: Shadows, Angle of Lines, Degree of Detail, and Color! These skills are a little less intuitive so they’re especially fun to learn and then see in everyday life!
3 Easy Ways to Add Depth to Drawings (Episode 34)
This is the first half of our discussion of the 7 Methods of Perspective. In these two episodes, we chat about all the ways to add depth to your two-dimensional artwork. In this episode, we discuss Overlap, Horizontal Placement, and Size.
In episode 35 (coming soon!) we’ll cover the other 4 Methods of Perspective.
Episode 33: Illuminated Manuscripts
We’re going back to the Book of Kells and other illuminated manuscripts (as promised in episode 31 about Ancient Celtic Abstract Art)! In this episode we answer the questions:
- When and where were Illuminated manuscripts created? What were they?
- What can we learn from looking at several examples of Illuminated manuscripts?
- How do illustrations stack up against other fine art?
- What subject integration opportunities fall alongside Medieval illuminated manuscripts?
Episode 32: Teaching Perspective with Greek and Roman Architecture
It’s time for our conversation about Greek and Roman architecture! Join us as we answer the questions:
- What other cultures influenced Greek and Roman architecture?
- How has Greek and Roman architecture influenced present-day architecture?
- What is perspective and how do I teach it?
- Is Architecture really art?
- What other professions / industries include art?
Episode 31: Abstract Celtic Art- Patterns and Puzzles
Celtic Art has such a unique look to it that most people can easily identify at Celtic, whether it’s from the earlier pre-Christian eras or the later Celtic-Christian times. In this style, we see a lot of patterns and drawings that look like knots and ropes. As far as abstract art goes, it’s a very meticulous, mathematical style- very different than some other types of abstract art.
Episode 30: Archaic Greek Art- Linking Ancient to Modern Art
In this episode, we’re chatting about Greek art, but specifically art from the Archaic period (about 800-500 BC). It’s an interesting period that leads to the Golden Age of Greece and the Roman empire. We also chat about the related Drawing Greek Gods Upside Down lesson plan and provide some tips for making it go smoothly.
Episode 29: Egyptian Art- Variety and Consistency
What makes Egyptian art so instantly recognizable? Why did the Egyptians draw and paint in this way? What kind and contributions did the Egyptian culture make to architecture? Today we chat about all these topics as we prepare for a fun art project: Drawing King Tut’s Mask Using Symmetry.
Episode 28: Exploring Prehistoric Art
Prehistoric artworks, like Cave paintings, rock art, and petroglyphs, are windows into cultures before written history. In addition to the obvious historical integrations, there are so many great prehistoric art / science integrations like the study of caves, geology, and paint materials. Join us today as we explore prehistoric art and the many different ways to teach about it, including our own plans to draw with Lines and Shapes in Prehistoric Art.
Episode 27: How to Teach Art in the Dialectic and Rhetoric Stages
Today we’re completing our 5-part series on the Classical Model of Education and how to use it to teach art with a special double episode about art in both the Dialectic and Rhetoric stages of learning.
Episode 26: What are the Remaining Components of Art Grammar? (Part 3 of 3)
Today we’re talking about the other five components of the grammar (basics) of art: Techniques / Media, Skills, Purposes of Art, Art History, and Art Appreciation.
Episode 25: What are the Principles of Design? (Art Grammar, Part 2)
We’re discussing the Principles of Design (the grammar, or basics, of art) as we continue our series on How to Teach Art using the Classical Model of Education. The Principles of Design are the way the Elements of Art are used in a work of art.
Episode 24: What are the 7 Elements of Art? (Art Grammar, Part 1)
As part of our series on How to Teach Art using the Classical Model of Education, we’re diving into the grammar of art! Today, Deanna and Julie discuss the 7 Elements of Art and how to use them in your classroom.
Episode 23: How to Teach Art Using the Classical Model of Education
What is the Classical Model of Education and how does it apply to art? What’s a model of education to begin with? In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss three hallmarks of a Classical education: Valuing methods over content, the Trivium, and Subject Integration.
Episode 22: Why Include Art in Education?
There are so many reasons why art is part of education. Deanna and Julie chat about its effect on other school subjects and its inherent value in fostering creativity, visual learning, attention to detail, motor skills, confidence, comfort with ambiguity, learning from mistakes, perseverance, and communication with others.
Episode 21: Making Time For Art
One of the most common struggles we all seem to have in teaching art, is making time for art. Join Deanna and Julie and they discuss HOW to make time for both Art Appreciation AND Art Creation for both your children and yourself.
Episode 20: Why Study Jim Davis?
Deanna & Julie discuss Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield. Who is he? What is his art like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about the genre of comics, cartoons, and graphic novels and discover some great reasons to study Jim Davis and his memorable cat. At 30:00, we discuss a self-portrait drawing project Deanna will be doing with her 10 year-old Boy Scout group!
Episode 19: Why Study Roy Lichtenstein?
Deanna & Julie discuss Roy Lichtenstein. Who was he? What were his paintings like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about Lichtenstein’s Pop Art and the fine line between a copycat and a unique original piece of art.
Episode 18: Why Study Andrew Wyeth?
Deanna & Julie discuss Andrew Wyeth: Who was he? What were his paintings like? Why should we study him? Join us as we chat about Wyeth’s subdued pallet and discover what it means to train your eyes to see color.
Episode 17: Why Study Georgia O’Keeffe?
Deanna & Julie discuss Georgia O’Keeffe: Who was she? What were her paintings like? Why should we study her? Join us as we chat about the life and works of the Mother of American Modernism and grow to truly appreciate her dedication to the arts.
Episode 16: Why Study Norman Rockwell?
In this episode, Deanna & Julie discuss Norman Rockwell: Who was he? What are his paintings like and why should we study him? Join us as we talk about this very prolific and well loved artist.
Episode 15: Why Study Grandma Moses?
In this episode, Deanna & Julie discuss Grandma Moses: Who was Grandma Moses? What were her paintings like? Why should we study her? Join us as we chat about the life and works of this American icon and grow to truly appreciate her paintings.
Episode 14: Art History Discussion
In this episode, Deanna and Julie have a fun discussion about art history: why studying art history is so important, why starting with a big picture framework is best, and how the Art History Overview chart is arranged to be as helpful as possible.
Episode 13: Art History Overview
In this podcast episode, Julie explains an easy Art History overview framework that will allow you to approach art history comfidently.
Episode 12: D&J Discuss Tracing
In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss tracing’s usefulness when learning to draw.
Episode 11: Six Simple Art Tracing Methods
This is an audio version of our blog post: Six Simple Art Tracing Methods
Episode 10: When to Incorporate Tracing into Your Art Curriculum
This is an audio version of our blog post: How to Incorporate Tracing into Your Art Curriculum
Episode 9: The Top 7 Reasons to Teach Tracing
This is an audio version of our blog post, The Top 7 Reasons to Teach Tracing
Episode 8: D&J Discuss Handwriting and Art
In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss the Ridge Light Ranch blog post about Handwriting and Art. We talk about the many benefits of handwriting, why some people avoid it, why we should teach it to our children, and how it plays a role in art.
Episode 7: Handwriting and Art
This is an audio version of our blog post about Handwriting and Art
Episode 6: D&J Discuss “Organizing Art Class”
Deanna and I discuss some of the ideas in the Ridge Light Ranch blog post, “Organizing Art Once and For All.” We talk about planning six weeks at a time, buying art supplies and storage for said art supplies, plus what to do with finished art.
Get the full highlights here.
Episode 5: Organizing Art Class
This is an audio version of our blog post titled, “Organizing Art Once and For All“
Episode 4: D&J Discuss “Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing”
Deanna and I discuss some of the ideas in the Ridge Light Ranch blog post, Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing, and discuss how common this fear is, How to move past the Imposter Syndrome, and Where do we start when we’re not the expert?
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Episode 3: Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing
This is an audio version of our blog post titled, Overcome the Fear of Teaching Drawing
Episode 2: D&J Discuss “Everyone’s Creative”
Deanna and I discuss some of the ideas in the Ridge Light Ranch blog post, Everyone’s Creative, and answer the questions: Why is it important to see yourself as creative? What does it mean that we’re “created to create?” and What are the repercussions of not having a creative outlet?
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Episode 1: Everyone’s Creative
This is an audio version of our blog post titled, Everyone’s Creative
I’m Julie Abels, an artist and art curriculum creator. I’m also a homeschool mom and student of the classical model of education. My mission is to help you love teaching art so that you can give your children all the benefits of art and creativity in their education. You can learn more about my story here.