New Site Revealed!

After six months of designing, coding and a fair share of arguments, my new DSS site is here! Neil managed to take all my funky design elements and place them in the right spot. We still have lots of fixing, editing, and adjusting to do, but the big picture items are in place.

This is what’s new:

Personalized Shop: 

This is Neil’s baby. After 4 years of handling all of your customer support questions, he designed a personalized shop where you get to sign in to your own personalized DSS store. Here you will be able to find your past purchases and download your PDF’s at anytime. Cool, huh? And the process of purchasing a lesson plan just got a whole lot easier.

new DSS store

Landing Page: Much like my old site, you can figure out where you want to go at a single click. The Shop, The Blog and The Art lesson Library are the three biggies.

Menu Bar: This has stayed pretty much the same. You are just a click away from all your favorite art lessons, e-course information and contact info.

Shop: I love my new store! The categories help break the art lesson plans into areas of interest. You can also write a review of the products if you like. New store items will appear in the left side bar so if you want to know what’s new, just look there.


Newsletter: Signing up to my newsletter will become more important in order to see what new items I have in my shop, new blog posts and notifications on my e-course sign-up dates. With Google Friends Connect no longer with us, this is the best way to stay in touch.

We’ll be tidying up, importing pictures, repairing broken links over the next month, so if something doesn’t work, we probably already know about it. Bear with us as we work through this transition.

On Monday, I go to PEI for my annual summer vacation. I can’t wait to turn off my computer (although I will be checking emails). I hope you all are having a relaxing summer!

Patty (and Neil)


  1. ANN BOURQUE says:

    So happy for you! Congrats & I look forward to much time spent in your new site!

    • Marci says:

      Love the look but just wanted to know why I can’t pay for my item. I am going in circles trying to pay. I’m signed up for newsletter but no place to put password or set one up that I can find. Without a password I can’t complete my order. Trying to find a place to send this privately and couldn’t find that. Please help???

      • Patty Palmer says:

        Hi Marci,
        Are you trying to purchase a product? The system is set up to walk you through. Yes, you do need a password and your email. You can click “My DSS” at the top right of the site and enter your info there. Also, you can contact Neil through a contact form via “Support” located on the Shop page sidebar.

      • Marci says:

        Thanks Patty. I will keep trying.

  2. Laura Dodson says:

    What a pair! You two obviously complement each other quite well. Love the new space. ENJOY PEI! SO JEALOUS. Is that where you’re from? If it is, then I am even more jealous. There and Maine are my top two places I want to go with my husband once all 5 boys are out of the nest! That’s another 10 years… lol.

  3. Cynthia Stange says:

    I would love to receive updates
    thank you

    • Patty Palmer says:

      You can add your email to the newsletter by clicking Blog in the menu bar and filling out the form in the side bar.

  4. Carol Frueh says:

    I’ve been inspired by and enjoying your work for a long time. Your new site looks great – it’s easy to navigate and fun to look at. I’m new to the blog world and just started my school blog in January and my personal blog this month! Phew! I know how much time this re-work was for you. My blogs are: and

    I’d love to hear what you think of them. Enjoy your time off!

  5. Congratulations Patty (and Neil!) Everything looks fantastic!

  6. Sarah says:

    LOVE the newly designed site. Very easy to navigate. Best wishes!

  7. Kathy Machado says:

    So hooked on your site. You are so helpful putting Art lesson in one place. Thank You so much.

  8. It looks wonderful! How exciting after all that time of planning and designing- congratulations!!

  9. Hi Patty! Your website is beautiful and inspiring. I’m new to the art ed. blog world also. I would for you to take a quick look at my site. It is: Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend!

  10. says:

    Just wanted to let you know, you are the reason I began teaching art two years ago. I was assigned to be mentor for our art teacher. He was really struggling with the lower grades. I came across your site researching some ideas for him. When I first explored your site, it was then that I wanted his job! It looked like so much fun. The art teacher left and I begged my principal to let me make the move from 1st grade teacher to our elementary art teacher. He relented and here I am going into my third year of teaching art. I was totally correct … it is the most amazing fun there is. Thank you for your inspiration and easy to follow lessons.

    • Patty Palmer says:

      Thank you so much for saying that. I almost teared up! I enjoy teaching art too and hope others can find the same happiness in those creative moments with kids.

  11. Jenny says:

    Patty~ I have loved your site for a few years now, and used it often when I was teaching art! One of my favorite things about your old layout was that I could immediately see your most recent lessons (any grade level), without having to click on anything. How can I find these now? Congrats on your beautiful new site!

  12. Carol Bowen says:

    Dear Patty,

    I bought several of your lesson plans that I have been using to teach my Pre-K through Grade 4 campers this summer. The assignments have been so successful and have made teaching a pleasure! I teach high school art during the academic year, so the switch to summer camp is always a big change. I have benefited so much from your carefully prepared and presented work. The price was a bargain for the ease that your products have given me and the delightful artworks the 200 children have made. I know this sounds like an ad–but it’s not! Just a note of sincere appreciation. I posted our most recent Eric Carle inspired undersea collages today. We are also working on clay projects and Native American projects, so I’ll post those soon as well.

    Carol (Art Lesson Launchpad)

  13. says:

    love, love, love the personalized shop! DSS continues to be my favorite resource, going on my 7th year teaching elementary art and this site continues to remind me how much I love my career!

  14. Maria says:

    I really liked your “Inside the Art Room” section where you talked about room organization, etc., but with the new design I can’t seem to find it. Would it be under “How to teach Art?” if so, do I have to scroll through every topic until I find what I want?

    • Patty Palmer says:

      Yes, that’s right. All management, organization posts, etc is under How to Teach Art but we are still in the process of categorizing and arranging the massive amounts of posts. Just taking loads of time! Thanks for the comment. It’s helpful to know how people are finding or not finding what they want.

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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