Anyone Can Teach Art Podcast

We help you love teaching art so that you can give your children all the benefits of art and creativity in their education.

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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

Episode 27: How to Teach Art in the Dialectic and Rhetoric Stages

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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.

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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:

Episode 26: What are the Remaining Components of Art Grammar? (Part 3 of 3)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 12: D&J Discuss Tracing

In this podcast episode, Deanna and Julie discuss tracing’s usefulness when learning to draw.

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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.

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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. 

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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.


 

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