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Deep Space Sparkle offers lesson plans, video tutorials and art resources to help adults teach art to kids.

We believe that teaching art is an essential part of childhood and with simple instructions, basic art supplies and a little support, we hope we can make the process easy and joy-filled for teachers and parents.

We run a membership program (The Sparklers Club) along with in-person and online art workshops, podcast (Art Made Easy) and a website dedicated to inspiring adults to teach art to kids.

We strive to make teaching art simple, enriching and inspiring.

Who is Team Sparkle?

Deep Space Sparkle was found by Patty Palmer, a former K-6 art teacher in Goleta, California. After blogging about her experienced teaching art in a elementary school, teachers began asking questions and requesting her lesson plans.

Responding to the needs of her readers, Patty created a simple online store with the help of her husband, Neil.

They started selling one PDF and within 18 months had over 100 art lesson packs, an online course for new teachers and a thriving business.

Patty hung up her teacher apron in 2015, and started working full-time with Deep Space Sparkle. Neil retired from corporate one year later and together they created Team Sparkle.

PHP Programmer

Deep Space Sparkle has an immediate opening for a PHP Programmer. This is an in-house position at our downtown Santa Barbara office.  If you have 1-3 years of PHP Programming experience and would love to make an impact in the world of kids art, read on…

Who we need:

Ideal candidates have approximately 1-3 years of experience in the following:

 – PHP

 – MySQL

 – Linux Command Line & Bash Shell Scripts

 – Git

 – HTML/CSS/Javascript

 – WordPress

 – Bachelors Degree of Computer Science or Computer Engineering

 – Excellent communication skills

What You’ll Do:

 > Write and maintain PHP code & MySQL shell scripts for our website and membership club

 > Help with some HTML/CSS/Javascript frontend end work

This is an important position within Team Sparkle. There is an opportunity to move to full-time depending on your skill sets.


Starting wage is $30 per hour (or more depending on experience)

Employment type:  P/T to start @ 25 hours per week

We offer Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance after 3 months with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter explaining why you would love to work for Deep Space Sparkle plus a resume as a PDF attachment to

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