Inspiring children one color at a time

About Patty

Hi everyone! I'm Patty...

I'll take full responsibility for all this color and sparkle. Teaching art to kids brings that out in me. 

Deep Space Sparkle had humble beginnings as a school art site intended for parents to take a look inside the art room. Soon art teachers found the site and the heart of Deep Space Sparkle was born.

I love answering your questions, creating projects for kids and making this site a happy place to visit. 

After teaching art for 13 years to elementary school kids, I now work on Deep Space Sparkle full-time. My business has grown from selling one lesson plan in 2009 to offering hundreds of lesson plans and videos, one online art school and three online classes today.

When I'm not teaching or working on the site, I love cooking, yoga, playing golf, reading and walking along the beautiful Santa Barbara Shores bluffs. 

The bulk of my summer days are spent in Prince Edward Island at my cottage. Love this place. 

I also do a little of this....


I love to cook.

My sister's wedding cake was my biggest feat. I made this beautiful thing in my small cottage kitchen during a heat wave. The neighborhood grocery store ran out of unsalted butter because of this cake.

My sister loved it.

I have a culinary bucket list. 

Last year I crossed off  Cassoulet from a recipe originating from Toulouse, France. Took me three days. Best. Meal. Ever. Or maybe it was the wine?

The Cutcliffe Cottage in Prince Edward Island

In the summer my family travels to Prince Edward Island. We sip coffee all morning, eat lobsters all day and play golf in between.

We don't pick up a phone unless our tee-time changed.

The water on our side of the Island is warm. And shallow. PEI mussels grow right outside our door.


I love to read.

Reading gives me perspective and is the root of how I live a happy life. There is something to be said about walking in someone's else shoes (real or imaginary) that allows you to feel gratitude and empathy.

I read as many books as I could get my hands on as a child. Even in my adult life, I will pick up a picture book or middle grade novel and enjoy the simple joy of illustrations and meticulously crafted words.

I have a series of book reviews of my blog related to children's literature and art. 

Conferences and Art Talks


Deep Space Summer Art Workshop, June 2016, UCSB (more info to come)

California Kindergarten PK1 Conference, Santa Clara, CA January 15-17, 2016 Come listen to my presentation on Teaching Art to Kinders Without Going Crazy! and receive some great swag.



SCBWI Simi Valley 2014

"Engaging Your Audience the Artful Way"

Click to view Presentation Notes

Northern California CAEA 2014

"Art & Design: Blogging Resources"

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Ventura County Reading Association 2014

"Art & Literature: Making the Connection in your Classroom"

Click for presentation notes

Ventura County Library Staff Learning Day - Camarillo, CA October 2, 2015



The Accidental Artist with Heidi Easley (video interview)

The Artful Parent blog by Jean Van't Hul