Lincoln Portraits Art Project

Kids learn to draw Abraham Lincoln and create a colorful, American-themed background. Great American History art activity.

If you are looking for a great story to read to your students, Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith combines corny jokes, American history and great illustrations. The story alludes to the Lincoln’s bedroom ghost story and comes from the POV of a young girl taking a tour of the white house. She discovers Lincoln’s ghost and she assures him that the country has turned out just fine since he last left it. A readable story with clever … Read More →

Summer Art Workshop: Registration Open!


Do you love incorporating art into your classroom but don’t consider yourself an artist?  Are you looking for ways to freshen up your art curriculum? Do you need PD hours? Want to know the secrets for getting your students to produce their best work? Join me for my FIRST Summer Art Workshop. A one-day event designed to inspired, delight and introduce exciting art techniques for you to use in your next art class. … Read More →

Deep Space Sparkle Art Workshop: It’s Happening!

Join us on June 27th for a day of creating, inspiration and lots of goodies!  Deep Space Sparkle's FIRST in-person workshop

Oh my goodness…I’m SO excited. After years of thinking about this, I am finally making it happen. My FIRST in-person Deep Space Sparkle Workshop. Connecting with adults who love kid’s art is easy through the blog but it’s harder to create the connection in person. I must admit that organizing this workshop feels a little scary–what if no one wants to come? What if I can’t deliver great tips? I decided I … Read More →

The Great Wave Art Lesson Plan & Video

Based on the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, kids draw and paint their own version of Mount Fuji and the great wave.

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings. I was hesitant to create an art lesson inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave. As a girl who loves Matisse and Van Gogh, Hokusai’s colors are rather bland and subdued. It wasn’t until I picked … Read More →

Art Tip Video: Smoothing Technique

Video art tip: teach your kids how to paint smoothly

If you teach painting to kids, you know that one of the most difficult things to do is to encourage kids to smooth their paint. You know what I mean. Some areas of the painting will have big blobs of paint whereas other areas are watery and pale. Although some kids argue that this is their artistic vision (you know who they are) most can really benefit from a technique that helps … Read More →

How to Use Pinterest to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Is your blog Pinterest friendly? Here are some easy tips and tricks to do today to make sure everyone sees your great content.

Are you looking for ways to increase your blog traffic? Look no further than Pinterest. I love to use Pinterest to source ideas for art techniques.  I scroll through my feed or perhaps do a search. I pause on the pins that connect with what I am looking for and if the image is interesting, I click through to the web page for more details. It’s that final step that you want your potential readers to take when they see … Read More →

Springtime with the Masters Art Lesson Packet

Springtime with the Masters Easy Art Projects

According to my 2015 Readers Survey, many of you need simple, easy lessons that involve little to no prep. Here’s what you said… Do these requests sound familiar? There are many needs out there and I know I can’t help all of you, but I love responding to your request. Springtime with the Masters is a collection of easy prep art activities using paper, marker and colored pencils. these aren’t your typical Deep … Read More →

About Patty

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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