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Art Made Easy #006: Tips to Help Gauge if an Art Project is Right for Your Class

Art Made Easy 006: How to determine if an art project is right for your class with Patty Palmer

How do I gauge if a lesson is too easy or too complicated for an age group?

I get asked that a lot. And Heaven’s knows, I’ve tried to answer that question myself on more than one occasion. But here’s the thing: judging whether a lesson will work with your little charges gets easier and easier. Still, I resort to a framework that I established by about my fifth year of teaching.

These are my very general guidelines as to what kids in a K-6 art room are comfortable learning while at the same time challenged enough to promote artistic growth. And that’s what this episode is about. How to determine whether or not your class will be up to the challenge of a particular art project.

This episode is perfect for everyone who wonders whether that art project you’re eyeing on Pinterest will suit your class. 






Kandinsky Paper Cutting Lesson

Play Doh Project

Crayola Air Dry Clay


Fancy Fish Collage Art Project

What are Liquid Watercolor Paints

Eric Carle-Inspired Butterflies


Birch Trees & Winter Trees Art Project

Paper Weaving Projects


How to Color with Markers

Tropical Fish Watercolor Art Project

Scuba Diver Collage Art Project


Castle Art Projects


Clipper Ship Projects

Perspective Lesson

Cézanne Still Life Art Project


Ceramic Tile Murals

Sketchbook Projects

Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils




AME 006: How to determine if an art project is right for your class with Patty Palmer

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  1. Thank you so so much for this. Your podcasts are so helpful.
    Can’t wait to see what comes next.


    February 10, 2016

    • Thanks so much for listening. The line-up for the next month is so inspiring. Stay tuned!

      Patty Palmer

      February 10, 2016

  2. I love this podcast!!! Thank you Patty!!!!


    February 10, 2016

  3. This is the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and I love it. I get super excited when there is a new one! I’m learning so much, and thank you for all of your time, advice, projects and great guests. Keep them coming!!

    Andrea Verbeek

    February 18, 2016

  4. Great info for me! Where do I find a complete list of DSS grade level lessons?


    April 3, 2016

    • Click on the turquoise button in the red box above.

      Patty Palmer

      April 3, 2016

  5. I think this is where I found the huge mega list of grade level lessons- hundreds and they say “Zoom in to read more”. I did download your smaller hand out which is great in the turquoise button above in the rec box. But what I am talking about is huge. I printed it out- I had to go click on a different individual grade for each list of lessons. Maybe it is another place on your site. Let me know. I looked over my mega list and want to make sure I have purchased enough lessons. I am planning my whole first teaching year with you!


    April 18, 2016

    • I’m not exactly sure what you saw, but you can find grade level art lessons in the menu bar. Also I have a resource page in my Teaching Art 101 class. You can access the lessons from there.

      Patty Palmer

      April 19, 2016

  6. https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/sixth-grade-2/ is where I wen to find the 6th grade master list. It is the same address for all the other grades- just use the grade name in place of 6th. This really helps me select my lessons for each grade. Thanks for having a master list by grade though it is challenging to find. I had to look back on my copies to find the address.


    April 19, 2016

    • Hi Michelle,
      Go to Menu bar> ART LIBRARY > LESSON BY GRADE > select grade level

      Patty Palmer

      April 20, 2016

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