Beautiful Books for the Young Artist

3 playful and interactive art books for the young artist or an art teacher’s classroom library.

The Meet The Artist series features playful and interactive pop-up books that showcase three of my favorite art masters: Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Henri Matisse. I purchased the Picasso and Calder books at the National Art Education Conference in San Diego last spring and at first I wondered how the books could be used in my classroom. Turns out they aren’t the best books for reading out loud as there is … Read More →

Live the Life You Want (this recap is a tad long)

My experience at Oprah's The Life You Want weekend

I just spent two days in San Jose at Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. It was not a fireside chat with Oprah but rather one of ten thousand (mostly women) listening to her amazing stories of inspiration, courage and life lessons. I wanted to get my thoughts from this weekend down on paper but figured Deep Space Sparkle might be a better place. Of course, I realize that many people … Read More →

7 Winter Art Lessons To Try

A collection of 7 winter art and craft projects for kids ages 5-10

Winter is coming and that means I get to pull out my favorite art projects for my students. There is something about blue and white paint that always inspires a few snowmen or snow angels. And yes, I will admit that my glitter supply is well stocked! Here are some of my favorite art lessons and coordinating picture books that I have done throughout the years that always bring a smile … Read More →

How to Draw & Paint a Turkey

Thanksgiving-turkeys

Need a quick and easy 40-minute art lesson for your Kinders or first grade class? For the last day of my Fall rotation, Kinders created these adorable thanksgiving turkeys. I hadn’t done a guided drawing lesson with this group yet, but since they have all settled down and have become quite good listeners, I figured a directed line drawing lesson was due. You’ll need a 12″ x 18″ piece of sulphite paper, black oil … Read More →

Origami Relief Sculptures

origami-relief-sculptures

Incorporating a relief sculpture into your art curriculum is super easy now that so many art teachers have given wonderful tutorials on origami making. Not my strong suit, origami is the practice of folding papers in a precise manner in order to resemble an object. Being “precise” with anything usually scares me off but when I was perusing my art ideas folder for paper sculptures, I came across this symmetrical origami project … Read More →

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About Patty

Welcome to DSS. I'm an art teacher to 400 elementary kids in Goleta, California. This is where you will find a library of art lessons, handy PDF lesson plans and resources to make teaching art to kids a whole lot easier.
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