Live the Life You Want (this recap is a tad long)

My experience at Oprah's The Life You Want weekend

I just spent two days in San Jose at Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend. It was not a fireside chat with Oprah but rather one of ten thousand (mostly women) listening to her amazing stories of inspiration, courage and life lessons. I wanted to get my thoughts from this weekend down on paper but figured Deep Space Sparkle might be a better place. Of course, I realize that many people … Read More →

Conquering the Cassoulet

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When you have a creative business, it’s important to fill your creative well. Burnout is common with bloggers and maybe even more so with art teachers…I mean, all that lesson planning and kid-management and energy. It’s exhausting. So at the beginning of the school year, I vowed to devote a bit more time to creative cooking. Not just dinners but dishes. The ones you might order in a restaurant. I pinned a few recipes that looked … Read More →

Teaching Art and Motherhood

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I received this question yesterday and it stuck with me. Some questions I answer back right away especially if it’s an easy answer regarding art supplies or an art lesson, but life questions make me think. So here is the question: It’s a pretty universal question isn’t it? How do you excel at both motherhood and career? Just the other day I met with a friend and she was expressing how hard it … Read More →

Art Inspiration from Alaska

Alaskan-Inspirations

To celebrate my 50th birthday (I need to start owning this number), Neil and I took the kiddos on a cruise to Alaska. Just saying those words makes me feel more grateful than ever. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. Of course with any trip, inspiration is everywhere. We decided to do as much as we could while in Alaska as we all felt that Alaska was unlikely to … Read More →

Spring Cleaning for your Art Studio (and mind)

SPRING-CLEANING

I had every intention of sitting down this morning for a marathon session at my computer. Lesson plans, editorial calendars, blog navigation and a few pesky website glitches were on my to-do list.  As soon as I sat down, I knew my head wasn’t in the right space. On my right a very impressive spider web was forming in the corner of my window and on the left,  a stack … 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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