Painted Pears Still Life

Kids paint a beautiful pear still-life observation painting

Are you in the mood for some warm weather colors? I thought so.  Although I LOVE the holiday colors and winter art projects, sometimes you need a change of scenery. My little Kinders created these amazing pear paintings in the fall using pre-mixed colors and inspiration from various artists. I researched pear still-life paintings and found a lovely Cézanne, a Van Gogh and a few pieces from new artists. I placed … Read More →

Matisse-Inspired Christmas Tree

Kids create a Matisse-inspired Christmas tree. Quick and easy holiday craft project for boys and girls.

I wasn’t planning for this project to take one class period, but that’s how it turned out. Sometimes it’s tricky gauging how long it will take children to complete a project. I was a little off on this one. My goal was for my first grade class to create a symmetrical coniferous tree (or a Christmas tree!) and add Matisse-inspired shapes for decoration. I anticipated two, 40-minute class periods. Truthfully, I’m not completely … Read More →

Classroom Management: A step in the positive direction

Art room management tips: How positive reinforcement affects the young artist

Do you ever arrive at work with a new lesson plan that you are totally excited about? Then your students arrive with less-than-stellar attention spans? Don’t answer that. I know what you’re going to say. We all dream of the perfect class, filled with well-behaved, little angels but then reality hits. Slowly the excitement of unveiling a brand new lesson floats away as you try to corral the little ones back to their seats … Read More →

Poinsettia Print Project

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

One of my favorite art lessons for kids involves a simple kitchen sponge and tempera paints. If you haven’t tried this lesson before, gather up some kitchen sponges and cut into petal shapes. I promise the prep you do now will last for years. The last time I did this lesson was in 2010 and I still have the sponges. This lesson takes one, forty-minute class time. In my class of … Read More →

Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

Deep Space Sparkle's collection of holiday gift reccommendations for the young artist

Wondering what to give your art-loving niece? Or son who loves to draw? A walk down any craft aisle will yields lots of wonderful art activity packs. All are good choices as there is nothing a child loves more than to open up a box and seeing hundreds of pencils, pastels and crayons. Although, sometimes these art packs aren’t the best quality. What I love about customizing art gifts is that … 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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