Creating a Rainbow-Video

How to mix paints for Kid's art projects

A reader asked me how to mix paints the way I do for my art lessons. She asked for a recipe, but I’m afraid to say there really isn’t one. This video shows how I mix paints for my art projects. Of course, not every project requires this amount of prep, and in many cases, its best to let kids mix their own paint colors. But sometimes it helps to … Read More →

Paper Weavings + Video


After 10 years of teaching art, I have never done a weaving project. Usually the classroom teachers take care of this standard but I couldn’t help myself. Inspiration from Art For Small Hands was enough to push me to try this new medium. I loved it and so did the kids. I’m not going to lie, though. This project took a bit of investigating to see how to teach this … Read More →

Painted Paper Video


Painted paper is a must-have for every art room. Children LOVE creating painted paper and the ideas for lesson ideas are endless. Here is a mini (1 minute) video showing you the steps to make painted paper at home or in the classroom. Enjoy! For a complete photo-tutorial, visit my post on How to Make Painted Paper

Video:Double Loading Painting Technique

double-loading-painting art-project

Double loading is a painting technique I use in all my art classes. It’s super easy, eliminates some common painting problems like using too much water , plus it’s truly beautiful. After many requests asking me to explain how I teach this cool technique, I have finally done it! Here is a short video (1:45 seconds) showing how the the process works… Here are some art lessons that use the … Read More →

Chalk Rainforest Animals Art Video

Chalk frog

My fifth and sixth grade students have been working with chalk pastel recently. We’ve done tropical birds and just finished these stunning rainforest animals. Watch the video (link at bottom of post) to see the kids at work. To begin, use a black oil pastel to draw a rainforest animal. I provided a few simple drawing demonstrations to get the kids started. Draw lightly at first, then trace over all … Read More →

Paper Bunny Art Lesson


Last week, my second grade students used templates, painted and colored paper and oil pastels to create cute little rabbits. Adding tails, teeth, ears and flowers, the kids created their own Mr. Bunny all in one 45-minute class time. This lesson is fast due to the use of pre-made templates. I created a head, body and side leg. If you prefer not to use templates, the children can cut their … Read More →

All About Liquid Watercolor Paints

liquid watercolors

One of the most common questions and personal email queries I receive concerns liquid watercolors. As hard as I try to incorporate information into my posts, questions from readers still linger. So here it is. My official post about liquid watercolors! Cue the fireworks! Liquid Watercolor Paints Questions: What are they? Liquid watercolors are a concentrated liquid watercolor paint that come in 8oz bottles. They can be used full strength, … Read More →



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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