Susan Riley | August 2015

Cultivating Your Artist’s Garden

Cultivating Your Artist Garden

This summer, we took on a brand-new project at our house: a deck veggie garden.  It was the first time my husband had attempted anything like this, and I have to say that we learned a lot during the process.  Some of what we planted was a huge success (hello beets!) and others… not so much (I’m looking at you cauliflower).

So the other day, when a teacher friend of mine said that she was planning a whole “garden theme” for her classroom this year, I started thinking about how we cultivate our own artist’s garden throughout the year.  I know that sometimes my own artist’s garden could use a bit of work, but I also know that this is the perfect time of year to begin thinking about the garden of artists we’re growing in our classrooms.  How you set up your room, plan your lessons, facilitate student learning and yes, even assess your students, is critical to harvesting a blue-ribbon crop.

In today’s episode of EducationCloset On-Demand, I share with you the steps we can all take to cultivate our artist’s garden: tilling the soil, planting the seeds, weeding the patch, dead-heading, watering and finally the harvest.  Even the little things can make a big difference!

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What does your classroom look like this year?  How will you cultivate your own garden of artistry, as well as foster the new seeds that are coming to you this fall?

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan