Best and Worst Art Projects for 2013-14


Creating art lessons is what I do. Developing cool techniques, inventing simple ways to teach hard art concepts and incorporating unique subjects into art is why I love teaching. It thrills me when a lesson resonates with a child and for one small moment they know they are a great artist. I am fortunate to be able to teach pretty much what I feel is best for my students. I get a feel for each … Read More →

There is only one you…


Before I devoted most of my time developing art lessons, I was a writer. I wrote everyday, playing with words and creating my fictional world. My writing teacher encouraged us to be ourselves and to try not to copy another’s writing style. That was our struggle; to believe that our voice was enough. One evening, she began our class with this quote: I was utterly moved by these words. Although … Read More →

October Art Projects & DSS News

DSS art-school-flyer

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 →

Life Slowing Down


My life has changed.  I’m 3 weeks into teaching art with an incredible group of kids, my own children are needing me less and the site is running smoothly. I have loads of time on my hands. How did this happen? It doesn’t seem that long ago that working a nine-hour work week was next to impossible with kids and a household to manage. It feels like yesterday that the … Read More →

Blog Anniversary & the Business Side of Blogging


Deep Space Sparkle will be six years old next month. When I began blogging in 2007, I never dreamed how significant it would become to me and my family. Back then, showcasing pictures of my student’s artwork and writing about the process was intended for parents. Who knew that in six years it would become a thriving business not to mention the creative joy of my life? Deep Space Sparkle … Read More →

What’s Making me Happy….


I’ll admit it.  Autumn is my favorite season. New class schedule, routines, resolutions (forget January!) and when the weather gets a bit colder, some new clothes. After my summer vacation and work hiatus, I came back to Santa Barbara ready to upgrade my 21″ Mac to a 27″ Mac. The desktop real estate is seriously impressive and allows me to have multiple screens visible. That’s why I initially needed the … Read More →

New Site Revealed!


After six months of designing, coding and a fair share of arguments, my new DSS site is here! Neil managed to take all my funky design elements and place them in the right spot. We still have lots of fixing, editing, and adjusting to do, but the big picture items are in place. This is what’s new: Personalized Shop:  This is Neil’s baby. After 4 years of handling all of … 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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