5 Great Art Books for Your Art Room

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I love combing through bookshelves looking for new picture book releases that would make great transitions into an art lesson. Some titles are recommended by readers (love this!) but most often it requires a flip through to determine whether or not a book has too many words, too few words, engaging illustrations and a story worthy enough of my students. I get giddy when I discover a title that introduces an artist other than Van Gogh, … Read More →

Featured Artists in Art School for Kids

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Wondering which artists are featured in Art School for Kids? More than half of the 42 lessons in the online art school feature a famous artist that I feel most resonate with kids. Some lessons are tried and true, tested through many years of teaching art and some are brand new to me. I love them all! Here’s a glimpse of all the lessons featuring my absolute fave artists for kids … Read More →

Maud Lewis Folk Art Projects

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Maud Lewis is a Canadian Folk artist who hails from my neck of the woods, Nova Scotia. Her childlike landscapes depicting life in the maritime provinces are loved all across Canada. I love introducing not only Lewis but Nova Scotia to my So Cal students who are always impressed when they hear her story of  hardship. I’ve been doing Maud Lewis art lessons for years. I love teaching the basic techniques … Read More →

Piet Mondrian Art Lessons

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Last year I wanted to introduce my second and third grade students to Piet Mondrian and figured it would be super easy to find an art lesson based on his abstract compositions. Not so much. I found a few lesson ideas but needed to alter them to fit into my time slot. I had really hoped to do the lesson in one class period as so many of my lessons up until … Read More →

Art Posters from DSS

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  I’ve been admiring the most amazing art room photos on the Art Teacher’s Facebook Group I belong to. I love seeing how art teachers utilize the space they have for art instruction. My space is dismal by comparison. It’s not an art room but a classroom converted for art two days a week. That’s a bit of an excuse because even if I was given an amazing art space, … 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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