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Cassie Stephens

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I've taught art for the last 20 something years, y'all. I've learned a lot about art teacherin', art makin' and finding a happy balance between the two. I'm here to share my ups, downs and what works best for me and my awesome artists.

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Ep. 48: Top 8 Tips to Surviving and Thriving Home-Based Teaching

March 18th, 2020


Well, here we are. Stuck inside...and still wanting to connect, teach and reach our students. So how can we do that? I've been doing so for the last couple of days now and I feel like I've learned so much along the way. …

Ep. 47: Printmaking Made Easy, Part 2

March 9th, 2020


In this follow-up episode to Episode 46...turns out I have a lot to say about printmaking! In this episode, I'll be talking about collagraph prints …

Ep. 46: Printmaking Made Easy, Part 1

March 9th, 2020


I never took a printmaking class in college and it's a huge regret as I had no clue how to teach printmaking to small humans. I mean, I don't know …

Ep. 45: Marker Hacks That You Never Knew About!

February 16th, 2020

31:27, markers. I know what you are thinking: Really, Stephens? You have a whole episode on markers?! Yes! And you bet your bottom dollah you …

Ep. 44: All Things Oil Pastels: Hacks, Lessons, Tips and Tricks!

February 4th, 2020


There is so much in this episode you won't wanna miss it. Even if you think you know everything there is about oil pastels, I have some tips that will surprise you! For instance, did you know that you can clean oil …

Ep. 43: Chalk Pastels in the Art Room

January 26th, 2020


I'm spilling the BEANS on all things chalk pastels: my favorite hacks, my favorite projects and all that I learned while creating this episode! Also, I have a BIG announcement. I'm excited to share our sponsor this week …

Ep. 42: How to Rock that Art Teacherin' Evaluation

January 6th, 2020


Not too long ago, I shared my thoughts on evaluations...they're a crock, says me. However, they are a necessary evil that deep inside, even the most jaded of art teachers like me, hopes to rock. So today I'm sharing my …

Ep. 41: Standards, Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Oh My!

December 15th, 2019


Trying to navigate the waters of standards, curriculum and lessons plans is tough and exhausting...and if you let it, it can seem to suck the very …

Ep. 40: Noise Levels in the Art Room

December 8th, 2019


What noise level do you strive for in your art room? In this episode, I'm talking (a lot!) about how to introduce noise level expectations to your students, how they will know which noise level they are to work toward …

Ep. 39: All Things Clay, Part 3

December 1st, 2019


Okay, final chat about kiln fire clay! Here's all you'll need to know about how I store clay projects and how I go about glazing. If you don't wanna mess with glaze, then I am also covering my very favorite glaze-less …

Ep. 38: All Things Clay, Part 2

November 25th, 2019


Now that you know the supplies to order, let's roll up our sleeves and get a little messy! Today I'll be talking about setting up for clay, how to …

Ep. 37: Intro to All Things Clay!

November 18th, 2019


Isn't it kinda crazy to think that when you are hired as an art teacher, it's just assumed you know everything about every medium?! I'd never TOUCHED a kiln until my third year teaching when I found myself with one and …

Ep. 36: My Favorite Early Finisher Activities!

October 28th, 2019


"I'm done!" has gotta be up there with my Top Ten Least Favorite Things I Hear in the Art Room...anyone else? But what DO you do with those artists …

Ep. 35: Dealing with Bullies in Your School

October 13th, 2019


Oh, lawd. And we thought junior high was over. Wrong! Do you encounter bullying in your school? How do you deal with it? Today I'm sharing my …

Ep. 34: Time to Take Your Creative Vitamins

October 2nd, 2019


You guys...just a couple of things: don't you ever do as I did. Don't you ever just laser focus on teaching and neglect your creative self. We are ALL creatives. Time to carve out time for you. A happy person makes for …

Ep. 33: How to Make Clean Up Time in the Art Room FUN!

September 22nd, 2019


Because, let's face it, sometimes clean up time is the opposite of fun, especially for you, the teacher. But I'll be sharing a little audio of my clean up routine with my students and the tips and tricks that work for …

Ep. 32: Evaluations Are a Crock, Just So You Know

September 17th, 2019


No disrespect, I'm just laying it all out there in this episode. Take a listen cuz, you are MORE THAN AN EVALUATION SCORE. 

Ep. 31: So You Wanna Host a Student Teacher, Do Ya?

September 17th, 2019


You sure about that? Cuz the start of an art teacher's career kinda depends on it. I'm going to share with you my top five tips to taking on a student teacher...and you'll hear why I don't do it anymore. 

Ep. 30: Surviving Lonely Island Syndrome

September 3rd, 2019


I spent the first seven years of my teaching career lonely. No one ever tells you just how difficult life can be when you don't have people to turn …

Ep. 29: Top Five Tips to Taming the Kindergarten Creature

September 2nd, 2019


Ah, kindergarten. We teachers seem to struggle the most with this magical group of artists. In this podcast episode, I'll be sharing my tips to having fun, laughter and success with the most magical artists of them all. …

Ep. 28: First Day(s) of Art with Kindergarten

September 2nd, 2019


BRACE YOURSELF! Kindergarten is coming! And they are not to be fooled with, y'all. I EASE my kindergarten into the rules and routines of art class on …

Ep. 27: Top Five Tips to Landing That Teacherin' Job!

August 26th, 2019


It's time. It's time you found a job that was worthy of your amazing and awesome self. So, what's stopping you? Lemme throw in my top five tips for landing that gig. 

Ep. 26: Surviving Student Teaching

August 26th, 2019


It may have been 22 years ago but it feels like yesterday. Here are my tips for surviving your student teaching experience...and, cooperating teachers, a little perspective for you! 

Ep. 25: Dear Cassie...Questions and Answers!

August 26th, 2019


This is my first go round of Dear Cassie...a chance for me to chat with you and attempt to answer your questions...about anything! I hope to get a little faster at answering questions in the future so I can chat with …

Ep. 24: Top Ten Classroom Management Hacks!

August 18th, 2019


Last week I shared with y'all my Happy/Sad board which is easily my favorite classroom management hack. This week, I took a look around my art room and came up with my Top Ten Classroom Management Hacks to share with …

Ep. 23: You are a Buried Treasure

August 18th, 2019


The idea for this episode struck me the other day when I was out for a walk. We spend so much of our lives burying our true self and identity to fit …

Ep. 22: Painting with Children

August 18th, 2019


This week, I began my second week of school and my third art class with my students. I introduced them to tempera painting! In this episode, I am …

Ep. 21: Discovering Your Personal Happiness!

August 11th, 2019


The journey to happiness is just that...a journey. Sometimes it's even an uphill battle. However, I have discovered some things you can do to make …

Ep. 20: What They Didn't Teach You in College

August 11th, 2019


Oh boy. Were my first 20 years of teaching art a shocker ;) Good thing I'm going into year 21 and now kinda know what I'm doing. Some days. Occasionally. Okay, often never. But I have learned many a thing along the way …

Ep. 19: What My First Day Teaching Art REALLY Was Like

August 11th, 2019


Okay. Y'all know that podcast episode I shared titled "W.E.L.C.O.M.E."? Well...that's what I would ideally like my very first day(s) of art class to …

Ep. 18: Setting Up Your Art Room

August 4th, 2019


In this LONG podcast (sorry!), I'll be walking you through how I set up my art room from start to finish. I'll also be sharing some ideas for you if you are in a portable as I once was or if you are on a cart. …

Ep. 17: Getting Out of Your Creative Slump

August 4th, 2019


After college, I fell into a deep creative slump that lasted 7 years. It sucked! When I finally decided to work my way out of it, I had no idea what …

Ep. 16: The Three C's of Classroom Management

August 4th, 2019


What are they? In my wild and wacky art room, my three C's of classroom management might surprise you. I'm gonna chat with you on how to gauge your …

Ep. 15: The Easiest Classroom Management Tool You'll Ever Use

July 27th, 2019


There are exactly one trillion fancy, cute and colorful ways to manage your art room. I love them all but cannot for the life of me maintain any of …

Ep. 14: Consequences in the Art Room

July 27th, 2019


Lookie, here y'all. When those sweet little artists disregard your rules and routines, the very ones you've established to help you create this …

Ep. 13: Why Our Students Misbehave

July 27th, 2019


Okay, so that title is a bit misleading as there are MANY reasons as to why our students might be misbehaving in our class. But I have managed to whittle it down to my top four. Our students might be misbehaving and …

Ep. 12: So You Wanna Write a Book, Huh?

July 21st, 2019


My second book, Stitch and String Lab for Kids comes out on July 23rd! I'm so excited about it. I've learned many things on my book writing …

Ep.11: Using Your WHY to Create Your RULES

July 21st, 2019


For years I just borrowed rules from other art teachers and classroom teachers without giving much thought to what I wanted mine to be. Rules are the …

Ep. 10: Routines in the Art Room: W.E.L.C.O.M.E.

July 21st, 2019


ROUTINES, y'all! In my art room, my routines are the key to my sanity. In this episode, I'll share some nightmarish stories from my first year teaching where I thought RULES were where it's at. Did you know there's a …

Ep. 9: The Biggest Secret about Being an Artist and an Art Teacher

July 11th, 2019


I spent year and I do mean YEARS discovering this answer to this secret...and I am excited to share it with you. Mostly because I don't want you to lose years from your art teacherin' and art makerin' career not knowing …

Ep. 8: Discovering Your WHY

July 11th, 2019


This is my first ever MAKE AND TAKE kind of podcast! I encourage you to grab some a sheet of paper, some markers and pull up a chair. We are going to …

Ep. 7: My Experience on Nailed It!

July 11th, 2019


Since being on Season 3, Episode 3 of the Netflix show Nailed It!, I've gotten a ton of questions. What was it like? How was I chosen? Is Wes really as hot in person as he is on the show? (DUH. YES.) I decided to …

Ep. 6: Discovering Your Art Teacherin' Identity

June 29th, 2019


Discovering who you are as a person is a lifelong journey, I think. Discovering who you are as an art teacher is similarly difficult. In this …

Ep. 5: The Piano Story

June 29th, 2019


Warning: this story is not appropriate for young listeners or anyone sensitive to adult content. I mean, I don't cuss or anything (surprise!) but …

Ep. 4: What Teachers without Children of their Own Want You to Know

June 29th, 2019


I've been contemplating sharing this episode with you for a long time. This episode was very difficult for me to talk about and share but I truly …

Ep. 3: You're Hired! Now WHAT?!

June 19th, 2019


Congratulations! Whether you've landed a new art teacherin' gig or your very first...OR you are just looking to revamp and reorganize your art room, …

Ep. 2: Is this IT?!

June 19th, 2019


After 7 years into art teacherin', I hit a wall. You could call it depression, burnout, the 7 year itch...I called it frightening. I started to ask …

Welcome to Art Teacherin' with Cassie Stephens

June 19th, 2019


I'm so excited to share all the ups and downs, ins and outs that my 20 years of art teacherin' and art makerin' has gifted me. This podcast episode serves as an introduction so you can know what to find when you join me …

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