Art Show Guidebook


I’ve been waiting to put this puppy together for years now and something always got in the way. But with art show season upon us, I was eager to share my twelve years of art show experience with you all. Creating this 38-page guidebook was pure joy because although art shows can be incredibly taxing, nothing is more well-received by children, parents and teachers. Think about it, is there anything … Read More →

Art Show 2013

DSS Art Show 2013

    This year’s art show will be unveiled tonight. I won’t be there. I’ll be watching my son do his thing in Ventura at a track meet. I’ll miss the excitement as the kids search for their piece of art. Pictures will be taken and parents will ask good art questions. These moments will be brief as the families rush off to visit classrooms, buy books at the book … Read More →

Art Show 2012


To my wonderful students, Look at what you have achieved! You have learned about color and composition, line and shape, tempera and watercolor, tint and shade, clay and paper, O’Keeffe and Van Gogh, Matisse and Klee. Are you tired yet?  You tune your curiosity and creativity to the highest levels; your keen attention and your willingness to learn is motivating. Thank you for your efforts as they are appreciated by … Read More →

Art Show Volunteers

how to recruit volunteers for your next art show

Art Show season is upon us and according to my last post on prepping for an art show, every art teacher has a different approach to their particular show. Some do it alone, mounting artwork for weeks and weeks and others scramble at the last minute and hope for the best! There is no best way, but I can’t help but think: Do you want help but don’t know how … Read More →

Prepping for School Art Show

How to run a school art show

Many of you might be in the process of planning your end-of-the-year art show. Monday is Spring Break, but for me, I’ll be back at school sorting and organizing my student’s art work for the upcoming art show. I’ve written before about how I plan out my show…certainly nothing fancy, but boy does the show look great! Here are a few of my strategies: Extra Art Display Last year my … Read More →

Brandon School’s 2011 Art Show


I’m so proud of my students. They’ve done such great work this year, coming into art class with enthusiasm, energy and a can-do attitude. It was all on display last Thursday, the night of our Annual Art Show, filling the multi-purpose room with color and energy. A huge thanks to my art buddies Sandra, Jeannie and Annette for stapling and hanging ALL the art for our school community to enjoy.It … Read More →

Art Show Display Boards

How to make art show display panels

Two years ago, our school added a new multi-purpose room to their campus. Like many Southern California schools, we don’t have gymnasiums. Some schools have small lunchrooms and most have some sort of multi-purpose room, but ours was tiny. So we were able to build a brand new structure to house school plays, PTA meetings, gym class and art shows. Only problem? No ceiling wires in which to hang student … 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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