Monsters Love School

Inspired by the book, Monsters Love School by Mike Austin, children pick body parts to create their own unique monster to draw and paint. Fun art activity for boys and girls.

Monsters are always a popular subject for my youngest art students. My go-to monster lesson for this age group has always been Where the Wild Things Are, but this year I looked for a new source of monster delights. Enter Monsters Love School by Mike Austin. In the running for a monster related story was If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Ed and Rebecca Emberley But in the end … Read More →

Winter Art Projects for Grades K-2

Three Winter Art lesson for ages 5-8 that focuses on easy art techniques, drawing instructions and literature.

Winter in our Southern California school last a few short weeks and it’s no coincidence that these weeks fall just before the Christmas break. This is the time we talk about snow–and ask kids to raise their hands if they’ve ever seen it for real. This is the time we bring out the snowmen lessons and maybe a few holiday-themed activities. And better yet, this is the time I set up a “snow” … Read More →

Chicken Little & Henny Penny Art Project

Collage art and craft project for kids based on the book, Chicken Little. Art & Literature art projects by Deep Space Sparkle

Chicken Little is a folk tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. Those who study tales in school may have already found ways to incorporate this character into the art room but if you haven’t, here is my version… After reading Ed and Rebecca Emberley’s version, the children identified the various colors and shapes in the illustrations of both Chicken Little and Henny Penny. I … Read More →

Painted Pears Still Life

Kids paint a beautiful pear still-life observation painting

Are you in the mood for some warm weather colors? I thought so.  Although I LOVE the holiday colors and winter art projects, sometimes you need a change of scenery. My little Kinders created these amazing pear paintings in the fall using pre-mixed colors and inspiration from various artists. I researched pear still-life paintings and found a lovely Cézanne, a Van Gogh and a few pieces from new artists. I placed … 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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