Teaching Art 101 is a 3-week, self-guided online e-course. It is designed for art teachers, school teachers, home-school parents—anyone wanting to enrich their student’s lives with art.

After publishing 30 art lesson ebooks and providing free art lesson tutorials and classroom management tips on my blog, I realized that art teachers still need more…more direct instruction, more training with techniques/supplies and more lesson plans. This e-course is a natural extension of all that I offer on my blog, but much, much more!

You don’t need to have experience as an art instructor—you don’t even have to be an artist to participate in this course. If you have the desire to teach children art, I will show you how on a private, password-protected blog.  The e-course  features video lessons,  forum, Flickr page to share your work and the ability to print out lessons.

If you are anything like me, I draw inspiration from people around me. I love learning new ideas, tips and techniques to make my life easier.  My lessons are jam-packed with photos and tips that will not only help you, but inspire you. The videos will show you how to teach beyond the basic lesson plan and to think about your own teaching goals. I invite you to sit back, grab a cup of coffee and learn how I source ideas, teach lessons and deal with all aspects of teaching art to children.


Teaching Art 101 will give you the tools you need to teach effective elementary school art lessons: video and photo tutorials that will help you understand the verbiage and techniques used in art instruction, inspirational lesson plans and handouts that are assembled into print-ready PDF’s.

By the end of this course you will have covered over 20 art lessons for grades k-6,  receive classroom management tips, art resources, plus access to our Flickr site and Facebook Page.

The art lessons in this e-course cover basic art techniques such as mixing tempera paint, proper paint application, basic drawing skills (observational and directed-line), how to work with chalk and oil pastel, how to make painted paper and basic watercolor techniques that are perfect for children. If you have never taught art to children before or are looking to learn easier application tips, this course is exactly what you need.

Teaching Art 101 E-Course Topics

  • Your TEACHING GOALS and how to define them
  • How to develop your own TEACHING STYLE and not compare yourself to others
  • ART SUPPLIES: what I like, where to buy them and how to use them
  • Deciding the best art media for different projects
  • Dealing with FREE-CHOICE TIME and early finishers
  • Working through “MISTAKES”
  • How to make PAINTED PAPER
  • DIRECTED LINE drawings
  • OBSERVATIONAL drawings
  • Teaching COLOR & VALUE
  • Art supply STORAGE in the art room
  • MIXED-MEDIA art lessons
  • How to teach and complete a lesson in UNDER 40-MINUTES
  • Finding LESSON INSPIRATION from books, nature and everyday items
  • The art of using WATERCOLOR PAINTS
  • Dealing with ABSENT STUDENTS















There are a total of nine art sessions with 4-6 lesson per session. You will have 6 months to view all videos, print out the PDF art lesson plans, post homework to the Flickr site and participate on the forum.




Once you pay for the course, you will be given a URL, password and username. Access to the classroom will last 6 months from date of purchase.

Log-in Information:

Your log-in information (username and password) will be emailed to you immediately after payment is processed. This email will be sent to the email associated with your PayPal or Google Wallet account. Please make sure this email is correct.

Who is this class for?

Teaching Art 101 is for art teachers, classroom teachers and parents who wish to incorporate art into their classrooms or learning environments. This e-course teaches art through the perspective of an art teacher and is meant for adults teaching art to children and not necessarily for children to view as a tutorial.

You must be familiar with how to navigate a blog (menu bars, sidebars, reading posts, watching videos, printing out lesson plans, etc). Videos are high-defintion videos and work best when you have a good internet connection. This course is best watched on a computer and not a smart phone or ipad. If you can watch the video below, then you are good!

Teaching Art 101 introduces strategies for teaching basic art techniques and does not include ceramics, form-based projects or advanced art techniques. if you are interested in these, my next course, Beyond the Basics might be perfect for you.


  • Mac or PC with high-speed internet connection for playing videos. Slower dial-up connections may not provide the best quality for our HD videos.
  • Free Flickr membership (invitation to join our Flickr group will be offered once enrolled)
  • Basic art supplies. A list will be given to you after registration.
  • A journal, notebook or sketchbook to write down notes from class.
  • Your creative best!

Suggested Reading Material

What will I learn in this e-course?

  • So much! I love teaching to children and I love helping art teachers.  If you are familiar with my blog, then you are familiar with my teaching style. By watching my videos, you will see and hear what I say to kids and realize that if I can do it, so can you!
  • You will also learn how to develop your own lessons, photograph children’s art and find inspiration in the work that you do.
  • I carefully selected the lessons to include a variety of basic art techniques so you can see how I teach my most popular lessons plus new ones.
Will you offer a letter of completion for my school district?
  • I received many requests regarding class credit and the best I can do for teachers is to offer a letter of completion, course outline and hours of the course (15 hours). This certificate is available for you to print out anytime.

Please read the following:

  • The videos cannot be shared or downloaded and must be viewed within the allotted time frame.
  • PDF lesson plans will accompany each art lesson.
  • This is a work-at-your-own-pace class with no “live” sessions. Feel free to log onto the course whenever you have time.
  • Due to the technical nature of this e-course, refunds will not be offered once the class begins. If you are unsure about what this course can do for you, please feel free to email me at patty.palmer@deepspacesparkle.com. I am more than happy to answer all your questions.
  • Please note: This is an online course. You will log onto a private blog to view the lessons. You should be familiar with the appearance of a blog and how it works. If you visit and peruse Deep Space Sparkle, then you will do great!

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