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Posts by Patty

5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

5 Painting Tips for the Young Artist

By on Sep 3, 2015 | 1 comment

You’ve all seen the amazing art projects on art teacher blogs and Pinterest. Inspiration and ideas are everywhere. But you may be wondering if you can achieve the same results with your kids. You have questions: Does paper matter? What about paint? As an art teacher for over 13 years, I’ve tried a lot of techniques with my students and have come up with...

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Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

Car-themed Collaborative Ceramic Mural

By on Sep 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The 6th grade car mural completed last Spring, marked the 10th year I facilitated a collaborative ceramic tile mural project. Within that span, 12 murals were created to help graduating 6th graders leave their mark. It’s been the most wonderful experience; bringing parents, teachers, district personnel and students together. After I posted 5 or 6 murals on...

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How to Draw & Paint Ferry Boats

How to Draw & Paint Ferry Boats

By on Aug 30, 2015 | 4 comments

Growing up on Prince Edward Island offered me the opportunity to travel to the mainland by ferry boat.  We loved discovering which ferry we would ride on and we knew each one down to the smallest details. This was usually the best part of our trip. I created this 5 minute video to detail a few features of my favorite ferryboat, The Abegweit. Free Drawing Guide:...

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Teach Art at Home: Interview with Meri Cherry

Teach Art at Home: Interview with Meri Cherry

By on Aug 27, 2015 | 12 comments

Have you ever wondered what goes into running a creative business?  This series is all about building and cultivating your own creative business from finding inspiration to e-commerce platforms to the nuts and bolts of operating a website.  This month I interviewed Meri Cherry who writes about art, crafts & family on her blog Meri Cherry. Meri began her career...

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Picasso Artist Bundle

Picasso Artist Bundle

By on Aug 24, 2015 | 2 comments

Pablo Picasso is one of the great masters. His art is displayed in museums all over the world. He invented an art movement and in doing so crowned himself The King of Cubism. No doubt you’ve purchased a Picasso calendar or print at least once in your lifetime. And because of his influence and popularity, he is probably on your school curriculum list. I love...

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The Happy Secret I’ve Been Keeping…

The Happy Secret I’ve Been Keeping…

By on Aug 18, 2015 | 54 comments

Last November I received an email that would literally change the way I think about Deep Space Sparkle.  An agent in New York wrote to me and asked if I would consider writing a book about art. Hmmm. Let me think about that… Sure! I was a little more excited than that. Books are a huge love of mine.  I spent ten years writing middle grade stories and as many...

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How to Draw a Robot

How to Draw a Robot

By on Jul 23, 2015 | 1 comment

Teach your kids how to draw a robot and use fun metallic paints and pastels to add polish and shine. No doubt using shapes to draw you robots allows for a great connection with math but that’s not my motivation.  For me, it’s all about the imagination. I have two robot books that I love: Robots: Spaceships and Other Tin Toys The Robot Book I place these...

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Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

Happy Birthday Alexander Calder!

By on Jul 22, 2015 | 0 comments

  Happy Birthday, Alexander Calder! I share a birthday month with some of my favorite artists: Frida Khalo July 6th, Marc Chagall July 7th, Amedeo Modigliani July 12th, Gustav Klimt July 14th, Edgar Degas July 19th and Alexander Calder July 22nd. It’s a great month, don’t you think? Alexander Calder’s life was spent tinkering, creating and...

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How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

How to Draw & Paint Garden Flowers Video

By on Jul 18, 2015 | 6 comments

I must admit. I’ve gone a little flower crazy since reviewing Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy. I can’t stop painting flowers! And I created this little video which ties in nicely with my other newest obsession–making videos. For this project, grab a few sheets of 12″ x 9″ watercolor paper, a sharpie marker, some oil pastels,...

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35 Summer Art Activities Guide

35 Summer Art Activities Guide

By on Jul 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Back in June I asked what type of art activity you like to do in the summertime. The response was amazing. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading back to my summertime cottage in Cumberland, Prince Edward Island and can’t wait to try a few of the ideas. I’m especially excited to try idea #4, #11 and #17. Thanks to everyone who shared their creative...

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How to Paint without Paint

How to Paint without Paint

By on Jun 30, 2015 | 3 comments

What? Paint without paint? Yes. It can be done with a most humble product: water-soluble oil pastel. Faber-Castell makes a wonderful Gel Stick in a plastic applicator that looks a lot like Chapstick. These little beauties are really water soluble oil pastels and when applied thickly onto paper, a swipe of a wet brush turns the oil pastel into a puddle of paint....

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Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

Inspired by Nature Anatomy & Book Give-Away

By on Jun 23, 2015 | 245 comments

How many times have you done a lesson on a butterfly and your second graders know more about butterfly anatomy than you do? I used to struggle to remember whether the body was called a thorax or abdomen. I fear no longer. This book is your side-pocket secret to enhancing any art project. Want to name the insects in this bug drawing project?  This book will help....

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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 23 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders...

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How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 2

How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 2

By on Jun 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Looking for art project ideas that will work perfectly for your summer art camp? This post outlines lesson ideas that will engage, delight and inspire your group of summer artists. The first part of this series detailed the business side of running an art camp. Today we will dive into the fun part: art projects. This 2-part series is designed to help you plan your...

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How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

How to Host a Summer Art Camp for Kids-Part 1

By on Jun 14, 2015 | 17 comments

My art room is stripped bare, supplies sorted and cupboards cleaned. The last thing I want to think about is pouring paint and cleaning brushes but summer can be a great time to test out new art lessons and even make a few bucks. This 2-part series is designed to help you plan your own art camp for kids.  Use the tips to generate ideas to turn your expertise,...

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2014-15 Honor Roll

2014-15 Honor Roll

By on Jun 9, 2015 | 8 comments

This honor roll marks the end of my Best & Worst lesson series. I will not be teaching in the same capacity next year. Meaning the end of teaching all grade levels plus all the extra projects like ceramics, art shows, displays and murals.  I have no idea what next year will look like (and nor does the school) but together we will figure out something. The extra...

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Giraffes Can’t Dance Art Lesson

Giraffes Can’t Dance Art Lesson

By on Jun 6, 2015 | 23 comments

Who says giraffes can’t dance? According to my first grade students, they not only dance, but sway, gyrate and hip-hop. Based on the book of the same name, the lesson was done in two, 40-minute sessions. Supplies for Giraffe 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper Pencil/eraser Brown, orange, yellow and black broad-tip Crayola markers Scissors Supplies for...

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How to Draw a Lion: Collage Art Project

How to Draw a Lion: Collage Art Project

By on May 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Learning how to draw a lion as well as other African animals is very rewarding for kids. Their distinctive shapes and features mean that even the most basic drawing looks familiar. I know this lesson looks like a bit of work…drawing, painting, cutting, pasting. But, believe me.  It’s worth it.  This is the type of lesson that keeps on giving long after...

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Easy Ways to Create Images for Your Blog Posts

Easy Ways to Create Images for Your Blog Posts

By on May 23, 2015 | 3 comments

Have you ever wondered what goes into running a creative business?  This series is all about building and cultivating your own creative business from finding inspiration to e-commerce platforms to the nuts and bolts of operating a website. In March, a reader wrote to me asking for advice on how to photograph her student’s artwork for her blog. In today’s...

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Picasso’s Le Coq Pastel Project

Picasso’s Le Coq Pastel Project

By on May 21, 2015 | 3 comments

The inventory situation in my art room has reached a critical point. I have depleted my black oil pastels, white paper and white paint. This trio is my milk, eggs and bread of the art room.  Not wanting to place an order when I have two more weeks of classes, I’m forced to go beyond what is comfortable and start using up the left-overs. My pastel drawer, which...

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How to Draw & Paint a Bouquet of Flowers

How to Draw & Paint a Bouquet of Flowers

By on May 16, 2015 | 2 comments

Learning how to draw flowers is a must in any art room. To make the lesson easy for a younger child, it helps to start with some type of template. Don’t feel like you’re cheating. My philosophy with templates is that sometimes they help a child get through a part they may find a bit boring (drawing yet another flower) to the fun part: watercolor resist....

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Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

Gunslingers & Outlaws Art Project

By on May 11, 2015 | 0 comments

I introduced this lesson way back in 2010 and it instantly became a favorite of classroom teachers. I created the lesson after experimenting with ways to teach my 6th graders how to draw hats. I had a cowboy book on my bookshelf so I pulled it out. The lesson morphed into an Old West WANTED poster and for many teachers, the opportunity to add narrative. Since I...

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Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

Easy Watercolor Process Lesson

By on May 8, 2015 | 1 comment

Honestly. It’s like the kids have never seen this before. The ooh’s and ahhh’s that result in painting over an area of white oil pastel is worthy of admission. I needed a one-lesson project in order to keep my first grade classes in sync with each other. I whipped out my half-sheets of watercolor paper and a few jars of liquid watercolor paints and...

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