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I Can Draw & Paint Art Lesson Plans

I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again; don’t underestimate Kinders. Yes, they can be a tad bit rambunctious at times but reign them in and you have an eager audience. I love teaching this grade level. When the line of twenty tiny bodies walk through my door in September, the reason I teach art comes with them.

They love art. They will soak up everything you tell them. If you teach them to draw a fish, they will draw dozens before the day is over. They love to be shown how to draw something…anything. Of course, this is where you need to be careful. With all my lessons, I encourage the kids to be as creative as they want. If they want their fish to have two tails…great. A crown? Even better. There can be no right way with art.

The art lessons in my newest booklet, I Can Draw & Paint offers five lessons that you can do with your child or your class. Most lessons take two, forty-minute class times and use fairly basic art supplies. If you don’t have watercolor paper or liquid watercolors, don’t worry, pan watercolor paints and regular drawing paper is fine. The important thing is to have fun.

This 25-page booklet is designed for Kinders, but is perfect for ages 4-7.

Lessons Include: Beady Octopus, Mr. Crab, Winter Cardinal, Rainbow Fish and Feathered Friend.

Handouts Include:

How to Draw a Crab

How to Draw an Octopus

How to Draw a Cardinal

How to Draw a Bird

How to Draw a Fish






  1. Patty,
    I am a kindergarten teacher who just found your website and am so GLAD I did – thank you so much for sharing your projects and insights. I cannot wait to try some with my new “kinders”. Thank you thank you for inspiring me!
    I tried to subscribe to your site and am not sure if I did it correctly – will it come with the name deep space sparkle?


    July 5, 2011

    • Thanks Sally. I know you’ll have fun with these lessons. As for the subscribing email…you can subscribe via email (click on the link below my icon panel on the right hand side) and whenever I post something new, Feedburner will send you an email from Deep Space Sparkle. Check your spam box in case it goes in there. You can also subscribe through a reader (like Google reader). This is what I like to do, so when I go to my Google reader page (bookmarked on my computer) I have every update from all the sites I subscribe to. Hope this helps!


      July 6, 2011

  2. I am new to teaching art to elementary grades…I have always taught 7-12 and or 5th and 6th grade art… I am very anxious! I am getting a lot of questions about paint shirts from my teachers…I will have over 600 students passing through my room in a weeks time…K-4….what do you do about paint shirts…does each student have one that you store in your room?
    I am sure I will be asking more questions as soon as I have time to!
    Thank you so much for your time and effort to share all of this with us….newbies!
    I will return…


    August 17, 2011

    • This question always comes up. I don’t have a great answer because I just don’t have the time to deal with smocks or aprons. There always seems to be a hassle involved with putting on the smocks, aprons, etc. I like to send a letter to parents to be sure to dress their children in art-appropriate clothing and to stock up on Oxi-clean! Most of the paint comes out of the garments and I don’t or rarely use acrylic paints (which are impossible to get out of clothes).


      August 23, 2011

      • I have been teaching elementary art for 32 yrs. I totally agree with Patty’s comments about paint shirts . I encourage the kids to roll up their sleeves and hope for the best. My early years I was a stickler about shirts but gave up. It’s not worth the hassle!


        November 12, 2011

  3. Hi Patty,

    I am also an art teacher and am always looking for new and inspiring lessons. I was thrilled when I came upon your website. You do such wonderful things with your students. Thanks for taking the time to share



    August 19, 2011

  4. I just bought 3 books, but where do I download them from? The payment went through with paypal.


    September 22, 2011

    • Hi Michelle,
      Paypal sends you the links via email. Be sure to check your Junk Mail and also any other account associated with your PayPal account. But don’t worry, I’ll send this comment to Neil and he will forward you direct links later on today.


      September 23, 2011

  5. Hi Patty!

    I am not an art teacher. Would this book still be useful for me as I teach my K-er at home?

    Thanks! 🙂


    October 20, 2011

    • Yes. This ebook in particular is perfect for moms and kids at home. It’s also the one I recommend to my youngest artists. Thanks for considering!


      October 20, 2011

  6. Hi Patty,

    I just wanted to say that I love your site and find myself very fortunate that I found it! My teaching partner and I have used so many of your ideas this year. We teach PK and have been able to adapt the lessons for our 3, 4, and 5 yr old students. We have purchased several of your lesson plan sets and they are so well organized. You’ve also been a great inspiration for new ideas too! Thank you!


    May 14, 2013

  7. Hi Patty,
    Some friends and I are doing a co-op summer camp during the summer. One of our weeklong themes is art. Our ages range from 4-7. My days are going to be Paint (including introducing an artist and giving examples of their work) and photography. So I am looking for a few lesson plan / project ideas for these days. Can you suggest some of your projects, and/or sites that might help me come up with a lesson plan. Thanks, Lee

    Lee Denis

    May 22, 2013

  8. Hi, i am a b.f.a. Student before 6th month i started dw class .can u give to me proper drawing plane. Thanku


    July 22, 2013

  9. There is not a add to cart button on I Can Draw & Paint Art Lesson Plans


    August 16, 2013

    • We removed all links to our old store and are in the process of creating new links for the new store. Meanwhile, please visit the Shop to make purchases.

      Patty Palmer

      August 16, 2013

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