Draw, Paint & Sparkle!

It’s 5 am and I’m wide awake.

The coffee is brewing so I take a seat in my new den with a view over Santa Barbara and the mountains.

How did I get here?

The past 24 months have been a whirlwind of everything new, frightening, risky and downright fun.

So many things have happened since my life as a public school art teacher and if you’ve followed me through my podcast, Art Made Easy, you know them all.

But the most important one has been The Book. I capitalize because as simple and easy and wonderful as this book is, there is nothing quick about writing a book with a publisher.

And if I’m being totally honest here, I left my job as an art teacher to write this book and that was three years ago!

Heck, I wrote about how to write a book proposal two years ago.

But this August, my little book comes out.

August 2018. Really. And I’m not lying. Just look here…

Would you like one of these project plan postcards? Comment below with you address and we’ll send you one (US addresses only please).

Here’s the skinny…writing the book was easy.

The process to publishing…well, that’s a different story but writing it? No problem.

I love creating art with kids.

Watching how they react to a project, a drawing, a technique, and to each other is what intrigues me. I love making small tweaks mid-way through a project to see if that somehow makes a difference in a child’s enjoyment factor.

These are the things I love to write about and share with you. The seemingly irrelevant details that can make or break a project for kids.

Like whether to draw first with a pencil when painting with acrylics or whether using a Sharpie marker instead of crayons would be more fun for a nine year-old. These types of decisions can encourage kids to work longer on their piece, paint with more passion and be a willing participant in the art discussion afterwards.

Back to My Roots & A Nasty Lady

I recently had my 5th enrollment period for my membership program, The Sparklers Club. Team Sparkle goes all in for 8 days showing people around the private site, answering thousands of questions, hosting live sessions, and reminding people of the enrollment via emails.

One email I sent obviously hit a nerve with one lady. She wrote back and scolded me for not staying true to my roots. By charging for my membership, she thought I was one bad art teacher.

I know. Occasionally I get emails like this, but they are rare, so don’t worry. I’m not hurt.

The TRUTH is, this nasty lady actually said something that I liked…she told me to stay true to my roots.

And I have with my membership and with this book…

Draw, Paint & Sparkle is a collection of 25 beautiful art lessons for the 5-12 year old.

Each lesson is rich in techniques, color and joy.

Each lesson is peppered with my experience as a curious art teacher, who cares if a child enjoys the process. The book shares the philosophy of how to approach art with the child in mind. Standards, schedules, prep time or evaluations are not considered.

Each lesson brought me back to my real roots, of being the quiet 10 year-old who hid in her bedroom with a tin of Reeve’s watercolors and a pencil, because there was nothing in the world she wanted to do more than paint.


If you like to skim instead of read posts, here’s the summary:

If you send me a nasty letter, I will always spin it so it benefits me, not hinders me. So choose your words carefully.

Teaching art to kids is one of the things I love to do most because it’s what I loved as a kid. Find what you love and surround yourself with it.

Draw, Paint & Sparkle is not ready to buy yet, but will be available for pre-orders in a few months. Hang tight and I will let you all know.


One more time…if you want me to send you a post card of my Expressive Fish Project, just leave you name and US address below and we’ll send one off to you.

  • Betty

    Betty Barrett
    3422 S. Seneca
    Wichita, Ks. 67217

  • Kim Vaca

    We love all what you create!! We see your love and dedication!! Thank you for sharing with us. One of your Sparkles.

  • Janis Gillespie

    I love all of your lessons. I am a retired elementary art teacher, and am looking forward to your book so that I might try a few new projects with the children in my life. Please send me the post card with expressive fish. Thank you.
    Janis Gillespie
    10915 Park Ridge Road
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408

  • Bhoomika

    Bhoomika dey
    830 N. Moseley Drive
    Stockbridge, Ga 30281


  • MJ Hoffman

    1205 Redbud Street
    Duluth Mn 55811

  • Diane Humphrys

    Diane Humphrys
    Art First, Inc
    728 Yorklyn Road
    Hockessin, DE 19707

  • k_karmi

    A new member of the sparklers club! Would love a postcard, but I’m north of the border! Good ole Canada eh! Just wanted to say, I’m enjoying your site and look forward to purchasing a copy of your book

  • Margaret McDonough

    Very exciting and Congratulations!!! I have been following you and using your lesson to inspire myself and my students. Looking forward to purchasing your book
    Margaret McDonough
    11 Alfred Street
    Squantum MA

  • Rachel

    Yes please!

    Rachel Hatch
    127 Montello st
    Lewiston, ME 04240

  • Tamara Thomas Evans

    Can’t wait to have your book in my hands. So happy for you!
    1970 Randy Drive
    Hendersonville NC 28781

    • Tamara Thomas Evans

      Ooops wrong zip above

  • Julie Smith

    Looks awesome, like all of your endeavors! I d love a postcard

  • Raquel

    So excited for you Patty!
    My address
    16367-82nd road north
    Loxahatchee, Fl 33470

  • Chris Lane

    Can’t wait! And I’m not teaching at the moment. But all things Deep Space Sparkle keep me motivated!
    105 North Salt Creek Drive
    Mannford ok 74044

  • Kari kanaga

    Love your lessons! Thank you

    • Kari kanaga

      311 Robertson Ave
      Battle Creek, mi 49015

  • Britain

    Love your positivity!
    Britain Earl
    1542 e. Bluebird CT
    Gilbert, Az 85297

  • Linda Tvedt

    Would love the postcard
    Linda Tvedt
    Box 294
    Wibaux, MT 59353

  • Missy Cole

    Missy Cole
    110 West Caney Creek Road
    Rogersville, TN 37857

  • JoAnne Wasserman

    I am so excited for you!!! Congratulations is well deserved. I’ve been a Sparkler for a year now and have used your lessons in whole or part or as an idea spark so many times! August must seem like “years” away while you, and all of us are waiting for your book!
    JoAnne Wasserman
    2206 Hillside Road , Richfield, WI 53076

  • Sheila Cover

    121 Lehigh Ave
    Pueblo, Co

  • Sheetu

    Really excited for the book. You are inspiring a lot of lives. Directly and indirectly. Good luck Patty!

  • Moira Dempsey

    I’m very happy for you! Congratulations on your dream becoming a reality
    Moira Dempsey
    364 Tanglewylde Dr.
    South Boston, VA 24592

  • Jennifer Staples

    Your lessons have made returning to teaching after maternity leave so much better! Each one brings my students so much joy, and I have FUN teaching them! Thank you for helping me balance work and life better. ♥️
    385 Blackman Rd
    Nashville, TN 37211

  • Dana

    Thank you for sharing. Sparkle On!?

  • Jana Trulock

    Jana Trulock
    P.O. Box 1
    Whigham, GA 39897

  • Shane

    I am continually amazed by people who consider that working within the arts or creative industries, are somehow “less” valuable or worthy. That your work should be free , or at a minimum cheap. I bet this person would never comment, that a mathematical textbook should be freely distributed !!!

  • Lexi Conrad

    This is so exciting Patty, so proud of you! Glad to be a sparkler and art colleague ; you are an amazing art teacher to students and fellow art teachers, C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S

    my address
    L Conrad Drouart
    52 Main Street
    Nashua NH 02064

  • Lyn

    Congratulations on nearing completion of your book. I have used your lessons and the children have not only enjoyed it but created something they are proud of!

  • Jane Gill

    A big Congratulations to you! I’ve followed you for years, always am inspired by your ideas and willingness to share. Signing up for the Sparklers Club has helped me organize and present new lessons. I think your book will be a big success. I especially like when you said standards, schedules and evaluations will not be included! I’m looking forward to retirement to get back to those roots. Looking forward to the book…

  • Jane Gill

    Forgot to add my address
    Jane Gill
    4205 Osprey Pointe
    Woodstock, Ga. 30189

  • Denise Autin

    I don’t have enough time in a day to explore and learn everything you have to share! I’m super excited to be a member. Thanks!

  • Christine Eggert

    You’ve been a huge influence in my starting a studio art practice in my late 60’s!

    Christine Eggert
    1632 N. 121st. Street
    Wauwatosa, WI. 53226

  • Courtney forbes

    I’ve been a fan of yours for many years. Each year I sign up to your membership I’m surprised by how much more you get. I love how you have developed, expanded and organized the membership this year. I always feel you give more and more gifts to us. I would love to come visit you one day in Santa Barbara for one of your workshops. Congrats on your new book coming out and I can’t wait to read it! Sparkle on
    Courtney Forbes
    14111 Jade cove drive
    Houston Tx 77077

  • madelinel

    Congratulations on your new book Patty!
    Please can you send me a postcard of my Expressive Fish.
    Madeline Simonaro
    37 – Ocean View Avenue
    Grover Beach, California 93433
    Thank you 🙂

  • Mariel

    Mabuhay from the Philippines! It’s my first year of homeschooling my kids (6 & 11). Just want you to know how grateful I am for all the cool art lessons you’ve shared with us (for free!!!). Hopefully your wonderful book will be published here in the Philippines. Much love. Congratulations and more blessings to come! 🙂

  • Sherri Denora

    Sherri Denora
    327 Severn Road
    Annapolis Maryland 21401

    Ignore those haters. You are fabulous! Your lessons have helped me grow as not just a teacher but also an artist in my own right. Can’t wait for the book!

  • Michelle Gifford

    A dream come true! I can’t wait to see the beautiful result! Count me in for a postcard too!

    Michelle Gifford
    3673 Delilah Street
    Simi Valley, CA 93063

  • Kelley Igo

    I can’t wait for your book! You taught me a great lesson in this post. When someone is nasty spin it to the positive !! You are are awesome!

  • Kelley Igo

    Kelley Igo
    1882 Bay Oaks Circle
    Milton, Florida 32583

  • Natalie Jones

    143 Lily Street
    Spring branch ,Texas 78070

    Can’t wait to buy it!

  • MK Culver

    You Rock Patty!! Sparkle On!!

  • Melissa Ann Miller

    I am proud to be a member of the Sparkler club! And a charter member at that!! It has helped me be a better art teacher!!! Congratulations to Patty and her wonderful team!!?❤️

  • Melissa Ann Miller

    Melissa A. Miller
    209 New Haven Street
    Catoosa, OK 74015

    So proud to be a charter member of the DSS club! Patty is an inspiration to all of us! Thank you. Congratulations to Patty and her DSS team!!! Wonderful!!?❤️

  • Sherry Sebastian

    Sherry Sebastian
    7148 Augusta Drive
    Jefferson City MO 65109

  • Erin Medcalf

    Thanks for sharing! I appreciate it! Your lessons are always great!

  • Debbie Molnar

    Can’t wait!!! Congratulations!!! We need a Sparkle Book Signing Party!!!

    Debbie Molnar
    7340 Hunters Branch Drive NE
    Atlanta, Ga 30328

  • Amy Glover

    Cannot wait to get this book !
    August needs to hurry up!!!

  • Andrea Braganza

    Hi Patty! I’ve loved your site for years! Can’t wait for the book.
    20709 Vashon Hwy SW
    Vashon, WA 98070

  • Amanda Shaw

    Looks amazing, I would love a postcard. Thanks!
    15870 Montview Dr.
    Dumfries, VA22025

  • Molly

    Well us teachers need to stick together. I can’t wait to now buy your book, simply because of that “nasty” woman.
    Plus, your positivity of being able to spin her comment into something benefits you and empowers you is a lesson that we all can learn from.

  • Shelia Chapin

    I love all of the work and dedication you have put into DSS. I don’t have a degree in Art — just Elementary Education with a love for the Arts. After 28 years of teaching Science, Social Studies and Math I was blessed this year to be able to teach just Art in my school. It has been a struggle because there are not set guidelines. However, I can truly say I’m a better Art Teacher because of you and your dedication. I love DSS.

    Shelia Chapin
    3525 Webster
    Moore, ok 73160

  • Nicola Martin

    Such exciting times ahead!

  • Nancy Kerns

    Thanks for all you do!!
    Nancy Kerns
    410 Locust Hill Lane
    Knoxville, TN 37920

  • Jessica Hackett

    My district can’t afford certified art teachers at the elementary level but they keep art alive in the schools by employing Paraprofessionals like me. We try to gather monthly to share ideas, build curriculum, swap resources and lift each other up. You know how it can get……
    Being a Sparkler is like that and oh so much more!! I’m honored to be part of the Sparkler sisterhood and owe Patty huge thanks and many hugs. I wouldn’t love my job as much as I do without all of Patty’s inspiration and joy!

  • Jessica Hackett

    Whoops… forgot my address
    240 S. 7 th Ave
    Brighton, CO 80602

  • Michele Edenfield

    Michele Edenfield
    3241 Crest Hwy
    Thomaston, GA 30286

  • Stephanie Keown

    4914 22nd Court East
    Bradenton, Florida 34203

  • Paula

    As a first year teacher I am so excited to be a new member of your membership club! So many fabulous projects and each lesson is so well organized. Thank you!

  • Roxane Johnigan

    I’m looking forward to seeing the book on display at my local bookstore.
    Roxane Johnigan
    4741 Broomtail Court
    Antioch, CA 94531

  • Callie martin

    Callie martin
    5520 red tailed hawk dr
    Hillsboro mo 63050

  • Stacy Quinn

    Stacy Quinn
    13 Parker Ave.
    Northfield Ma 01360

  • Mady Gonzalez-Gaffney

    Mady Gonzalez-Gaffney
    14730 sw 85 terr
    Miami, Florida 33193

  • Kristy Gopaul

    Congrats Patty. I truly appreciate the way in which you teach. You are beautiful and it shows in your work as you have inspired me to pursue my passion. I hope this would be the first of many more.

  • Debbie Thoma

    11238 29th Ave sw
    Seattle wa 98146

  • Debbie Rudolf

    Congratulations Patty on your book! You are a lifesaver to art teachers around the world!

  • Debbie Rudolf

    Debbie Rudolf
    2718 Bee Tree Lane
    St. Louis, MO 63129

    Looking forward to your book!

  • Lesly Chamate

    Lesly Chamate
    11700 NW 47th. Dr.
    Coral Springs FL 33076

  • Judy Lucz

    Can’t wait for your book! You rock. Wish I could attend your workshops but my acc hook starts the beginning of August.

  • Anne Cowher

    Keep doing what you have been doing you are doing a wonderful job. You have devoted endless hours and creative ideas and no long collect a teachers pay. You derserve the compensation. I can’t wait for the book!

  • Anne Cowher

    Post office address? Or just the email I left earlier?

  • artmoma

    Shanon D. Tolhurst
    5205 Painted Lakes Way
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89149
    LOVE LOVE LOVE you….

  • Jacquelyn

    Love your lessons!

  • Elizabeth Smith

    I also love creating art with children, and love that you care about the process. Congratulations on your new book. I would love a post card.
    Elizabeth Smith
    278 Valle Vista Dr.
    Danville,CA 94526

  • Debbie Anderlie

    “Ooh, ooh, ooh!” picture me with my hand raised. Yes, please! Me, too!

  • Margaret Gallagher

    Margaret Gallagher
    442 S. Rendon St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Thank you!

  • Taryn Kong

    Love it! Congrats on the publication date!

    Taryn King
    9 Dawn Isle
    Ocean Pines, MD 21811

  • Donna Freeman

    Hi Patty. I am jiust so excited about this book. It seems as though there isn’t one like it that gets into the mind of a child. You sound like me as a child. I am so happy that you are living your dream as are the majority of us. A lady came up to me in the store yesterday and asked if I’d like to sell insurance. I looked at her and said, “Absolutely not! I have the best job teaching art to children and wouldn’t trade it.” The nasty comment from the woman you spoke, of obviously doesn’t understand how much work you (and your husband) put into all you do. You couldn’t possibly do it for free. I have been wanting to attend your workshops for 3 years now and as soon as I am able to this year, I was totally devastated when I found out it is being held on August 11th and 12th. I will totally be on the east coast at that time attending a wedding. I can’t believe it! I wish you could come to Dallas, TX one year. That would be awesome. I live in Glenn Heights, TX. Anyway, I love what you do and thank you immensely for all you do.

  • Donna Freeman

    I totally for got my address.
    Donna Freeman
    1907 High Meadow Street
    Glenn Heights, TX 75154

  • Mary Lou Etten

    I love all your projects!

  • Stephanie Steinhsuer

    You have a God given talent. You are always an inspiration.

    • Stephanie Steinhsuer

      Stephanie Steinhauer
      2403 Strait Lane
      Arlington TX 76013

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  • Irene

    Absolutely love your site ! I’ve used it when volunteering in my kids’ classes (they’re currently k2 and 3rd) thank you !
    Irene Daly
    148 Weld St
    Boston, MA 02132

  • Kelly Dillon

    Kelly Dillon
    1310 Lone Oak Circle
    Nashville, TN 37215

  • Marie Woodson

    402 Stetson
    Whitesboro, Texas 76273

  • Dru Nordmark

    So excited for you! Can’t wait for the finished product!!! Thanks for all of your inspiration Patty Palmer!

    • Dru Nordmark

      Forgot to leave my address!
      7117 E Sorrell Hill Road
      Baldwinsville, NY 13027

  • Jan Bolick

    Hello! I love love love your lesson with the black and white Expressive fish… and the one with the sea creatures… Hopefully those lessons will be in your book coming in August.
    Will you please send me a post card with the project? I have been elementary art for 21 years, and I am always looking for new innovative ideas. THANK YOU!

    • ashley

      We can absolutely send you one! Please type in your address in the comments so we can send one to you.

  • Ellen Eaton

    I love your site..I teach K-3 and use many of your lessons with great success every time. Congratulations on your book. I will buy it for sure. Ellen
    2230 Government st
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564

  • Lisa

    Looking forward to it! Congratulations!

  • twooten

    Tammy Wooten
    4408 Crooked Ln
    Dallas, Tx 75229

  • Joyce Bonney

    I am just retired but enjoying doing art projects with different classrooms. I’m so sorry I missed joining your club. If I can still get in, please let me know. I look so forward to your new book! You are definitely my “go-to ” inspiration!


  • Hope Malott

    you are an inspiration to all teachers! thank you for all you do! hope malott
    studio 511
    112 S McMorrine St.
    Elizabeth City, NC

  • Elizabeth O’Donnell

    Elizabeth O’Donnell
    36 Cedarlake
    Irvine, CA 92614

  • dede darrough

    Dede Darrough
    1801 Talon Ct.
    Keller, Tx 76248

    Love being a member! You’re a rock star!!!!

  • Deborah Bassino

    I’m so excited to receive this lesson and looking forward to your book!

  • Carla

    Awesome! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book! So excitied for you! 🙂
    Carla Lee
    4483 James Madison Trail
    Dayton OH 45440

  • Rita Martin

    YES Please!
    Rita Martin
    4631 Chapman St
    The Colony, TX 75056

  • tlee934954

    I can’t wait for your book! My 9 year old granddaughter’s birthday is in May and she would be thrilled to get the book. Also, put me on your pre-order list too!
    Please send me a postcard,
    Tricia Kelly
    969 Holbrook Circle
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

    We all love you except for maybe one nasty lady! :>)

    • tlee934954

      I know the book doesn’t come out until August. Evelyn and I will be patiently waiting!

    • Patty

      haha!!! Love the post script 🙂

  • Robin Kelly

    Hi Patty! Congratulations on getting your book published! What a dream come true it must be! I’ve been a Sparkler for about a year and a half…sorry this is my first time writing you. First of all, thank you, thank you! I’ve have the great joy of teaching art, k-8, in two little private schools. DSS has been worth every penny!
    Second…did you blog about writing a book proposal? I would LOVE to read it! Where would I find it?
    Thanks again, Patty!
    Robin Kelly

    • Patty

      Ugh…I meant to link to the post about the book proposal. You can find the link in the post now. And thank you!!!

  • Robin Kelly

    Ugh! I just left a thanks and question without including my email! Here it is: Robin Kelly Rkelly@artiosacademies.com Thank you!

  • Nancy Petalver

    210 Primrose Drive
    Clarks Summit, PA 18411

  • Emily Stuver

    502 N. Hollywood Way
    Burbank, CA 91505

    Thanks Patty!

  • Mary Forbes

    So excited for your book!

  • M Ryan

    Michelle Ryan
    9100 cherry lane south
    Upper Marlboro, md 20774

  • Pam OQuinn

    916 Prospect Avenue
    Bristol, VA 24201

  • Stephanie Warren

    Patty, you literally saved me! As a brand new teacher last year (coming from yacht interiors) with absolutely ZERO teaching experience and not a clue what or how to teach my k-12 EBD kiddos, your membership and lessons got me on track, organized and feeling confident to tackle my lessons!!! I don’t care what anyone says, you help, guide & inspire so many of us! Keep up the amazing work, I hope to join you, not this but next summer! Lots of love!

    Stephanie Warren
    641 East Acre dr,
    Plantation FL

  • Teresa

    You are so positive Patty! I hate that I have to miss this years workshop! I’ve never missed yet. ?
    Teresa Thain
    15751 Hart St., Lake Balboa, CA 91406

  • Frances Coyne

    Frances Coyne
    2438E. Santa Ana
    Fresno Ca. 93726. Thank You!

  • Joan Geppert

    Thanks for your help with making art both fun and successful no matter what age you happen to be. I am a kindergarten aide and I enjoy introducing art that engages them and does not overwhelm them.

  • Tiffany Corson

    You have helped me become an art teacher, and for that I’m so thankful for you and all you do. From the lessons to the personal help you have given in the Facebook group, you are a great person. Can’t wait for your book! Xoxo

    502 Nolan Ryan
    Midland, Tx 79706

  • Julie Bettwy

    Julie Bettwy
    28245 La Caleta
    Mission Viejo Ca 92692

    Love all your projects!

  • audrey mcleod

    Really like your lessons. Thank you.

  • Lisa Careau

    So excited to learn of your book. Congratulations!! Where will it be available to purchase? My district is allowed to use certain catalogues to order from.

    • Patty

      Hi Lisa, It’ll be available through book stores and Amazon. I’m not sure what catalogues will be stocking it. Stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook and we will let everyone know. 🙂

  • Alicia Hodnett

    Alicia Hodnett
    5699 W Compass Pt.
    McCordsville, Indiana

  • Heather

    This looks terrific, Patty! I think your site gives wheels to courage and this has made my art adventures a lot of fun, for my self and for my co-op students!

    • Patty

      “wheels to courage” : LOVE that!

  • Heather

    Thank you!

    Heather Ventrella
    6246 E. Virginia St.
    Mesa, AZ 85215

  • Mary Forbes

    Thank you!

    Mary Forbes
    23316 NE Redmond Fall City Rd #687
    Redmond, WA. 98053

  • rosy1956

    Maria D Salazar
    1404 Links Dr #2
    Jonesboo, AR 72404

  • kmathiesen

    Kristi Mathiesen
    730 Spruce St
    Del Norte, CO 81132

    Thank you and your staff for all you do!!

  • Marisa

    Yes please! So happy for you!
    2558 Fairlawn Downs
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  • Julie Bettwy

    Love it!

    28245 La Caleta
    Mission Viejo, CA

  • Monica Grycz

    Eagerly looking forward to your book!!

  • Maggie

    I run Art Camps, your lessons are clear, interesting, manageable and Real Art!!!!

  • Miss Chris

    Chris Holden
    12150 Trotwood Dr
    Austin, TX 78753

  • Linda DeMello

    True to your roots? H..E..L..L..O!!! Patty, you epitomize absolute integrity and professionalism while delivering unwavering creative inspiration and amazing resources! I honestly haven’t a clue how you manage to do all you do to support this community of art teachers that are fortunate enough to have found you! Just over a year ago I accepted a job as a part time (really full time!) k-5 art specialist. Although I studied illustration at an amazing art college…that was 2 lifetimes ago (80-84). I always thought I’d be a children’s book illustrator – nothing brings me the kind of joy I get while thumbing through the beautiful pages of a well-illustrated children’s book in a quaint book store. But life happens and as many women like me I lived my life focusing on raising my family and working part time here and there. So when I accepted this new job (at 54 yrs old!) I was overwhelmed with where to begin, what exactly to teach… and how to teach. I did have a little background as I was an asst teacher in PreK for 5 years, which is where I first got bitten by the “teaching art to little people” bug. But when it came to teaching 6 grade levels plus special Ed I was, well, part exhilarated/part freaked out. I began searching online for help, and someone, I cannot remember who, said in a blog post – “if you aren’t following Deep Space Sparkle do it now”. I found you and it was like I struck gold!!! BUT, the MOST impressive thing that happened was that I had had a question about the white leaf print on black paper (my paper was bleeding) and I emailed you late at night, and when I woke up you had already responded! Say what?!! I couldn’t believe the care and support I received instantly from you. The reason for this very long story is this…you STILL do exactly that every single minute of every day. The support DSS gives its followers and members is really quite remarkable. And your love of teaching children art and developing lessons with their perspective in mind is still so constant and true. Thank you Thank you for all you do. Linda xo

    Linda DeMello
    565 Gerard Ct
    Pleasanton, CA

    • Patty

      Oh my goodness. What a lovely surprise to read such a beautiful message. Thank YOU. I’m overwhelmed by your sweet words. Really. On a side note. you are I have such a similar past…illustration, mom, accidental art teacher….no wonder the universe brought us together! Sparkle on!

  • Rachel

    Congrats! Can’t wait for the book release!

    Rachel Dale
    PO Box 1460
    Red Oak, TX 75154

  • Maude Ruesch

    I would love a postcard and I’m looking forward to the book. Being a Sparkler has made me a calmer art teacher. 🙂
    Maude Ruesch
    705 Timberbranch Dr
    Alexandria, VA 22302

  • Julie Davis

    I love being a Sparkler! I can’t wait for your book to come out!

  • Holly Doherty

    I love everything learn about you, Patty, and here’s another reason why!! I’d love a post card from you of your expressive fish and I’m pretty sure I’ll love it, too. Thanks!!
    Holly T Doherty
    3211 NW 106th Ave
    Sunrise, FL 33351

  • Allison

    As a homeschooling mom, I’ve loved your website. Look forward to your book!
    2504 W Smythe Rd
    Spokane, WA 99224

  • Cindy W

    Yay! That’s exciting!
    21 Barrington Court
    Hiram GA

  • Katie Smith-Johnson

    I have loved using your lessons with k & 1st grades for years, and I’m so pleased to be able to continue to use your lessons now that I teach middle school! The Sparkler’s Club is a great resource and well worth the price!

  • Cindy

    2299 Shoshoni st
    Grafton, WI 53024


  • Elizabeth McFeely

    So excited for you Patty! And, thank you for recently sharing your old sketches and drawings. You should publish your fashion design sketches…they are amazing!

  • Mary Vatnsdal

    Mary Vatnsdal
    317 Maple Lane
    Roseau, MN 56751

  • Andrea Newman

    Thank you!

    Andrea Newman
    415 Arnell Lane
    Auburn, AL 36830

  • Maggie Winn

    I would love to have a postcard. I love your lessons and helpful resources. Congratulations on your book!

  • Maggie Winn

    I kinda forgot to leave my address! Haha
    Maggie Winn
    318 Pinedale Circle
    Valdosta, GA

  • Sammy

    Sammy Hundley
    1151 Vancouver Ave
    Burlingame, CA 94010

  • Kimberly DiLauro Rief

    Would love a postcard!
    Kimberly DiLauro Rief
    3953 Zarthan Avenue South
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416

  • Deitra Hart

    105 Watlington Dr., South Boston, VA 24592 Can’t wait to get this book!! You are doing a great job!

  • Annan

    Annan McGinley
    4240 Stanley street
    Pittsburgh Pa 15207

  • Anna

    Would love a postcard to put up by our school art docent calendar so my docents can be enticed to purchase your book!

    Anna Andreski
    16417 SE 166th Terrace
    Renton, WA 98058

  • Venetta Murphy

    Venetta Murphy

    • Venetta Murphy

      Venetta Murphy
      3 Gableview Lane
      Southwick, MA 01077

  • Cristie

    318 Cobblestone Dr
    Vacaville, CA 95687

  • Terry

    Terry Laurents
    2983 Homestead Trail
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460

  • Mary Kinsella

    Thank you for your generosity and unique perspective.
    Mary Kinsella
    3348 Manhattan Ave
    St.Louis, MO 63143

  • Meghan Purcell

    Love your joy for life and all things that sparkle!
    Meghan Purcell
    425 Mississippi Blvd
    Bettendorf, IA 52722

  • lisette young

    Lisette Young
    3305 Quarry Dr
    Fayetteville, NC 28303

  • Beth Kirkland

    Thank you for beautiful projects that promote creativity!

  • Sheri Taylor

    Love your projects. Excited about this semester.

    • Sheri Taylor

      I would love a postcard!

      Sheri Taylor
      57 Mullican Rd.
      Laurel, MS 39443

  • Ashley Nesmith

    You keep doing what your doing Patty. What I’ve learned is not everyone will love you or agree with you but that’s when you know you’re probably doing something right! And, even the negative and be good because it will recharge you and push you towards destiny all the more. I love how you stated that you always twist things to benefit you and guess what it benefits all of those who are connected to you and inspired by you. You have impacted more lives than you will ever know. Keep reaching higher!

  • Martha-Murray Cox

    745 Kings River Road
    Pawleys Island, SC 29585

  • Ellen Riley

    Love all your ideas!! I would love to come to Santa Barbara in August for your workshop, so I’ll have to see if I can make that happen. In the meantime, I would love one of your postcards!! Yay! Thanks for inspiring me, as a not traditionally trained art teacher to help urban youth enjoy art and use it as a positive outlet!!

    • Ellen Riley

      Oops, address:
      4000 W 74th St.
      Prairie Village, KS 66208

  • Andrea Beggs

    1454 la loma dr, san marcos, ca92078

  • dellova

    I love your site and so glad to have this learning resource -it has saved me this year!

    My address for postcard:
    Denise Hanna
    9109 Reedham Oaks Ct
    Raleigh, NC. 27615

  • Laurie Caspert

    Laurie Caspert
    15 Avon Place
    Woodcliff Lake NJ 07677


  • dselden

    I think it’s great! You have saved me time and made my life easier by providing these lesson plans. My students have enjoyed and benefited from the them. Thanks, and keep up the good work; to me it is well worth it!

  • Andi mielke

    So excited about the book!
    2101 Katie court
    Anderson in 46017

  • Marilyn Corners

    Congratulations on the completion of your 1st book. I am looking foward to having it. Your lessons have helped make the art classes for my brain injured adults very successful, enjoyable and inspiring. Thank you.

  • Sofia

    Congratulations on following your dreams and staying true to YOU!

  • Monica Dahl

    I think it’s a wonderful idea and much needed! Even in different school settings (besides
    art class) and at home for fun.
    Please send me the postcard.

  • Monica Dahl

    My address:
    Monica Dahl
    2705 Wenzel Circle
    Owens Cross Rds., AL 35763

  • April McDuffy

    10628 N. 45th Dr
    Glendale, AZ 85304

    Not yet a sparkler, but I do enjoy your blogs from time to time. I love reading your post. I mostly love the Summer workshops. Keep doing what your doing. We all have to make a living. You just figured out, how to do it and love it. Some not so lucky!

  • Carol Wellein

    I am a retired teacher who taught art for 40 years. I am now teaching art to homeschooled children on the elementary and middle school level. I’ve used many of your lessons with very successful results. I’m looking forward to seeing your book.

  • Marsha Trottier

    As an art teacher of 29 years it is wonderful to see someone like you reach out to inspire art in the live of children. You are wonderful Patty and I have passed your name to young preservice teachers I mentor.

  • Erika Revord

    Love your projects!!

  • Jessica Figueroa

    I absolutely love this idea for your book, it’s unique to all the other how to teach art books out there, for one, it’s keeping it relevant to the mind and age of the 10yr old student. It’s inspiring teachers and students ( parents, grandparents) to have fun and allow freedom in an art process to learn before criticizing and enjoy the process as much as the final results. It seems your book will be such a gift that keeps on giving in the sense that the project has been tested and layed out for a step by step promising success rate for a finished product that boosts anyone who attempts the art and medium in a way that they can see they CAN make art and have fun and learn something about themselves in the process. We can never have enough positive resources like this art book you’ve created.

  • Shelli Romero

    Shelli Romero
    69 S Windhorst Ave
    Bethpage, NY 11714

  • Nancy A Popkes

    Nancy Popkes
    16524 Wilson Rd.
    Harlingen, Tx

  • Barb

    Used to teach kids but now teach seniors at senior residence community. I love to read the lessons and then adapt them. Many have the same challenges as kids.
    Barb Marquis
    6748 Windemere
    Portage MI 49024

  • Valinda Gallea

    I just returned to the workforce here in Arroyo Grande teaching afterschool programs with the San Luis Obispo Boys and Girls Club. I was formerly the Art director at the Ventura BGC for 7 years. I have worked with Arts Outreach in Santa Ynez and the Orcutt school district.
    I have used projects from your site before and was always impressed with the detailed but easy instructions. I would like to apply for the at-home position you offer. My 7 year old grandson lives with me and I have noticed a difference in him emotionally in the last couple weeks. The change has been so apparent that even my friend that takes care of him, has noticed. That is my biggest reason for looking for at-home employment.

  • Valerie

    Post card please! 😀
    I am so happy to know you get paid for your fabulous ideas. I think artists struggle with how to market themselves, it is so nice to know they don’t have to be a starving artists! Besides you send out several of freebie art lessons during the year, and for those I am grateful!
    Valerie Dewey
    7735 Hickory Ave.
    Jenison, MI 49428

  • Teresa Everett

    I look forward to buying your BOOK!

  • Robin Reents

    Thank you!

  • Leslie Reading

    Would love a beautiful postcard. Thank you for the offer. So pleased to know a book about children’s art is on the way!!

  • Lisa Bennett

    Please send a postcard to me!

    Lisa Bennett
    17647 Sharpsburg Ave.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70817

  • Jaime Marker

    Jaime Marker
    306 Cheddington
    Katy, TX. 77450

  • Suzanne Putman

    I love DSS so much and it has been a Huge Blessing in my life. Thank you Patti for spearheading this creative and inspiring adventure called DSS and inviting us all along for the ride. I am proud to be a Sparkler!
    25968 W. Wahalla Ln.
    Buckeye, Az. 85396

    Please don’t publish our addresses. Thank you.

  • Suzanne Dempsey

    I am excited to see the book and try the lessons. Your philosophy of kids loving art and the process is one I share. Best wishes for a successful publishing!

  • Mandy Holland

    I’ve always loved your ideas and work – you’ve helped me enormously setting up
    my own art department at my school. Your book will no doubt have heavily thumbed pages in no time! Would have loved a fish card but I’m here in London so not this time! Keep creating Patty!

  • Suzanne

    Looking forward to learning more!
    Suzanne Miazga
    112 Hilldale Dr
    San Anselmo CA 94960

  • Jean Fraser

    I think what you do is remarkable. I have used your site for four years. It is very inspiring.

  • ucalbear

    Thank you for all of your help designing art lessons for my first graders.
    I would appreciate a post card of your Expressive Fish Project. Congratulations on your upcoming book.
    Karen Pressler
    592 Morning Glory Drive
    Benicia, CA 94510

  • JackieMay

    I’m sooo excited for you Patty! I can’t wait‼️I’m sipping?tonight✨✨✨You’ve made my life so happy! My Headmaster Just LOVES your camels! . CONGRATULATIONS ??. I would love a card if possible . 1918 E. Lafayette Place. #808 S. Milwaukee, WI 53202

  • Kimberly R Jones

    I would love for you to send me a post card of your Expressive Fish Project! Thank you so much!

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