Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne!

A collection of Paul Cézanne art lessons and videos for kids

A little history… Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839 in Provence, France. When Cézanne first began painting, his artwork was noticeably dark and serious. After a friend encouraged him to paint outside, he began to paint with short brush strokes and brighter colors. Cézanne is known for his still life paintings–mostly of household objects arranged with various fruits. Cézanne would spend hours arranging the fruit and his moving his … 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 →

Matisse-Inspired Christmas Tree

Kids create a Matisse-inspired Christmas tree. Quick and easy holiday craft project for boys and girls.

I wasn’t planning for this project to take one class period, but that’s how it turned out. Sometimes it’s tricky gauging how long it will take children to complete a project. I was a little off on this one. My goal was for my first grade class to create a symmetrical coniferous tree (or a Christmas tree!) and add Matisse-inspired shapes for decoration. I anticipated two, 40-minute class periods. Truthfully, I’m not completely … Read More →

Poinsettia Print Project

Poinsettia print art project: simple kid’s art and craft activity for the holidays.

One of my favorite art lessons for kids involves a simple kitchen sponge and tempera paints. If you haven’t tried this lesson before, gather up some kitchen sponges and cut into petal shapes. I promise the prep you do now will last for years. The last time I did this lesson was in 2010 and I still have the sponges. This lesson takes one, forty-minute class time. In my class of … Read More →

Holiday Gifts for the Young Artist

Deep Space Sparkle's collection of holiday gift reccommendations for the young artist

Wondering what to give your art-loving niece? Or son who loves to draw? A walk down any craft aisle will yields lots of wonderful art activity packs. All are good choices as there is nothing a child loves more than to open up a box and seeing hundreds of pencils, pastels and crayons. Although, sometimes these art packs aren’t the best quality. What I love about customizing art gifts is that … Read More →

7 Winter Art Lessons To Try

A collection of 7 winter art and craft projects for kids ages 5-10

Winter is coming and that means I get to pull out my favorite art projects for my students. There is something about blue and white paint that always inspires a few snowmen or snow angels. And yes, I will admit that my glitter supply is well stocked! Here are some of my favorite art lessons and coordinating picture books that I have done throughout the years that always bring a smile … 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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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.
 
 

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