Chengdu: Panda Bear Art Project

Chengdu Art Lesson

I received this book in the mail a few months ago and as soon as I opened up the package and saw sleepy Chengdu, I knew my first graders would love him. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg tells the story of how little Chengdu couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. The illustrations are simple and created with a limited color palette of black, white and greens. Although … Read More →

Watercolor Sunflower Resist Art Lesson

How to make a sunflower watercolor painting

I tend to revert to flowers as the subject of my art lessons near the end of the school year.  They provide an opportunity to explore a wide color palette and endless shape possibilities. For my first grade class, I read the book, Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt and then we dove into the lesson. This is what we did: Starting with a 12″ x 18″ sulphite drawing paper, … Read More →

Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

How to make pinch pot animals with little ones by Deep Space Sparkle

At the request of one of my Kinder teachers (who showed me a very cute ceramic cat and bird inspiration piece), I created a seemingly simple pinch pot lesson for my 3 Kinder Classes. My goal was to teach a basic clay pinch pot to my Kinders but create three different animals: a cat, a bird and a mouse. Here are the two inspiration pieces… Pretty cute, right? I thought … Read More →

You Be You Watercolor Fish Art Project

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Looking for an adorable art lesson that bridges literature and art? You Be You by Linda Kranz (author of Only One You) sets out to explore beauty in difference through a little rock fish named Adri. This 5 minute read will transition your little ones into an art activity that explores the use of oil pastels and liquid watercolors. You will Need: 12″ x 9″ 90-lb watercolor paper Liquid watercolors (blues and … Read More →

Activity Pack: Color Theory and Literature

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is my first literature pick for My DSS Activity Packs.

In my attempt to respond to my most frequently requested materials, I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my newest genre: Art Activity Packs! There are quite a few of you out there who want so desperately to read a book to your students (or children) and offer a simple follow-up art activity. Notice how I said activity? In my mind, there is a distinction between an art lesson … Read More →

Quick and Easy Art Lessons

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You asked and I listened! I’ve received quite a few emails in the past few months asking me to produce a packet of easy to do art lessons. While I can’t solve everyone’s time crunch issues, I’ve made it a point to see how an art lesson, that is rich in learning objectives, can be completed in 45 minutes or less. I know that some of you have only 30 … Read More →

Snowman Collage Project

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This happy snowman teaches color theory, collage techniques, and perspective in about two, 45-minutes art classes. I did this project with two first grade classes and varied the sequence or steps to see which method is the most effective.  Whenever you have a multi-step project, it helps to figure out the best sequence or you’ll end up creating a lot of confusion. The following instructions outlines what I think is … 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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