Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders


Although Jack O’Lanterns have a strong association with Halloween, it is the one “holiday” based activity that I do. Here are two lesson tutorials that I’ve created last year:  Painted Pumpkin and Value Pumpkin lesson. There’s a lot of art happening in this project: color mixing, observation drawing, painting techniques and a little creative expression. Transitional Kinders I have a Kinder group that includes a number of transitional Kinders- children who haven’t … Read More →

Leaf Paintings


Looking for a quick Fall art project? Inspired by the amazing Laura at Painted Paper and her O’Keeffe Inspired Leaves, my Kinder classes looked at leaf shapes and discussed the common features in the leaves. We looked at the stems and the veins plus the various shapes the leaves created. In Santa Barbara, few leaves are turning yet so I didn’t have any great samples, but I brought in a … Read More →

October Art Projects & DSS News

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After bouncing around some ideas with an awesome PTA mom (Yes, that’s you, Kimm!), Deep Space Sparkle will be unveiling a new art curriculum for school art docents, home-school parents and PTA programs. Next Spring, the site will offer grade-level art enrichment units that will feature videos & powerpoint presentations for the kids (not the teacher), handouts and lesson tutorials all based on projects my amazing group of students have … Read More →

Interview with Nikki McClure


While searching for a literature tie-in for my Apple Art Lesson, I found Nikki McClure’s exquisite book Apple. The story takes on you in a visual journey of the life cycle of an apple; from apple picking time to composting and re-birth. The children had fun anticipating what would become of the bright red apple. I asked Nikki if she would mind answering a few questions about her book. Patty: … Read More →

Apple Art Project


If you are looking for an engaging book to pair up with an “apple” art project, Nikki McClure’s Apple is a lovely option. Crisp paper-cut illustrations pair with single word text engages children to fill in the storyline with their imaginations. I asked Nikki some questions and she graciously agreed to provide some answers. You can read my interview with Nikki McClure here. I read this book to my group … Read More →

Watercolor Leaves Resist Project


A simple, yet lovely art lesson that builds upon the principles of watercolor applications. My fifth grade students used liquid watercolor paints, “black” glue (white school glue mixed with black paint) and 9″ x 12″ 90 lb watercolor paper and a bit of table salt to achieve this lovely project. To start, the students drew leaves onto their watercolor paper with a pencil. They used light strokes and tried to … Read More →

Starlight Pumpkin Art Lesson


These beautiful, glowing pumpkins have a lot going on: drawing from observations and sequence, primary color mixing, adding highlights, cutting and pasting skills and composition. I have a very strong group of Kinders this year and they did exceptionally well following this multi-step project.  Here’s what we did…. Using a black oil pastel and a white sheet of 12″ x 18″ sulphite (76 lb drawing) paper, children looked at a … Read More →