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This page shares our story, how it all began plus I’ll point out all the resources our team has created to help you create an art program, share art with your children or even start an art business of your own.

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ART AT HOME

Easy projects for parents that build children's art skills through drawing & painting.

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You know art is super important for kids, but you don’t know how to start.
Maybe you are wondering how to get 25 Kinders to paint on the paper instead of their faces.
You want to do the pretty projects but aren’t sure what supplies to use. You got the desire but not the know-how.
I get it and that’s where I can help.

Where do you teach art?

De-Mystifying Art Standards

There are few words that cause art teachers more stress than the word “standards”. Okay, maybe after the past year, “virtual” and “hybrid” might be up there, too – but... Learn More


Line and Pattern Cat

Starting the school year with a line drawing is one of the best ways to gauge the attention level of you class and create a beautiful and expressive piece of... Learn More

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Textured Fall Leaves

I look forward to doing this project every year. Anytime you take a real object, in this case, fresh leaves and apply paint to the underside, something magical happens. For... Learn More

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The Aligned Art Teacher | Manifesting your Best Year

I know the challenges of teaching art well. As a vastly unprepared and inexperienced art teacher, I stepped in front of my first class with unbridled enthusiasm. I loved art... Learn More


Your World Art Curriculum | How to Make a Student Passport

Designing an art curriculum is the ultimate goal of an art educator. By selecting or creating lesson plans that fit your students needs, you are creating not just a schematic... Learn More


Watercolor Jellyfish Art Project

This drippy technique is and absolute WINNER for kid’s engagement. It requires two things that are an absolute MUST : Liquid watercolors and watercolor paper.It’s is a super fast and... Learn More


Teaching an Art Unit from Japan

Traditional Japanese art has been enjoyed for centuries and would be almost impossible to capture in a single art unit. In fact, Japan may have been the most challenging country... Learn More


How to Make a Papel Picado | Mexican Folk Art

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN PAPEL PICADO Papel picado is a traditional Mexican craft that features colorful paper sheets with intricate cut-out details. It was made by stacking many sheets of paper and... Learn More

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Celebration Crown | Queen for a Day

Grab your markers and scissors and customize these printable crowns to celebrate mom with an easy Mother’s Day craft. Not only for moms, create for any celebration: birthdays, graduations and... Learn More


OUR STORY

It’s such a thrill when someone new lands in our sparkly corner of the universe.

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Our business began by sharing what I was teaching in the art room that worked – and what didn’t work. From my first blog post in 2009, teachers from around the world have shared their stories and struggles, asked for advice and direction. Now twelve years later, we couldn’t be more proud to not only design lovely lessons, but to be a supportive guide through many art teachers’ careers.

I’m so glad that your interest in children’s art guided you to us. This page shares our story – how it all began plus I’ll point out all the resources our team has created to help you create an art program, share art with your children or even start an art business of your own…

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MEET PATTY

I taught k-6 art in Santa Barbara, California for 13 years. Teaching children how to draw & paint has been my biggest joy. Now I'm here to help you do the same. I've compiled my best teaching tips, favorite supplies and books in one place.

My Sparkler Story

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