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DSSLive! Recap…

Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop 2017

In many ways, a Deep Space Sparkle Workshop is like a wedding. Months of planning, fussing over menus and tablecloths, ordering gifts…and in the end, love erupts.

Team DSS felt loved, appreciated and grateful during the event and after it was all over.

How can we tell our guests how honored we are to create this event for them? Teaching art can be a lovely affair but coming together like this? Well, it’s nothing short of magic.

This is how it all went down….

Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop 2017

I was so so so fortunate to have stumbled across the lovely Gina Lee Kim through Instagram. I know. What are the odds? Well,  when your genius flows, nothing can stop the universe from  spreading your gifts. Gina delighted the audience with her array of watercolor techniques. We were spellbound and couldn’t get enough of what this lady could do with some water and a bit of color.

Sally Haughey from Fairy Dust Teaching  reminded us of the magical stages of childhood and how as educators we can keep the magic alive.

Rachelle Doorley from Tinkerlab showed us how to engage children through thoughtful questions and observation with a fabulous observation drawing with a viewfinder and the most lovely sampling of natural beauties.

And finally Team DSS, Marisa Gebert showed us how to use assessment tools for the lessons. Marisa has created a new done-for-you art curriculum and guide that will be released this August in the Sparkler’s Members Club. It’s just one of the many assessment tools Marisa has created for all the lessons inside the membership.

Sparkler Morning

Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop 2017

Are you a Sparkler?

It’s a bit confusing, right? I mean, everyone who loves Deep Space Sparkle is a Sparkler! But there is a group of teachers who are members of a paid monthly membership group called the Sparkler’s Members Club.

We honored those who could travel to the free bonus Friday morning workshop with a breakfast, lunch, an exclusive Sparklers mug, extra swag from Faber-Castell. Being a Sparkler means that you are not alone. It’s not just about the fab lesson plans you can download each month, but it’s about our community that we created.

I’m so proud of how ALL of these ladies support each other. Friendships are forged and tips are shared.

One of the questions Shannon from Team Sparkle heard a lot was how can we create Sparkler meet-ups all over the country. Shannon is on it and we’ll make it happen!

After the special Sparkler morning, we hosted more artsy teachers from across the country for a day 1 ½ days of art-making and learning.

The Dinner

One of the commitments we made from the very first event was to make sure we feed our guest. And by the second workshop we knew that hosting a dinner immediately after the first day of the workshop was an absolute MUST. And you can’t have a Santa Barbara bar-b-q without a glass of wine!

The best conversations happen under an umbrella of jacaranda trees and a Santa Barbara pinot, don’t you think?

The Sessions

Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop 2017

We create art at the workshop. Lots of it.

We use the BEST art supplies from Faber-Castell (who donates a TON of beautiful full-size products  every year for our guests). Big LOVE for them.

We learn tips on how to engage kids.

We share art ideas and strategies for grade levels.

And if you’re not an artist, we show you how to teach art even with limited skills.


Deep Space Sparkle Summer Art Workshop 2017

After the tables are cleared, art collected and the last cup of coffee & cookies consumed, the hugs start.

Cameras snap pics of the awesome display of art. Contact info is shared and lots (and lots) of group pictures are staged.

That’s Neil and I way up there…and Russ my camera man who has taken video footage of all my workshops…and my fellow art teachers who do the work of inspiring kids.

I LOVE hosting this event for everyone who loves art. We had teachers from as far away as Trinidad! There’s no stopping an art teacher when she was inspiration! Thanks Kristy for creating art with us!

Until next year…..


  1. Patty, I just have to say how fun the event was and how much I enjoyed meeting all the other Sparkler’s and learning all the wonderful art techniques, but I want you to know what a wonderful gift you have for making us all feel special and appreciated!

    Lisa Krones-Whalen

    Lisa Krones

    June 28, 2017

    • You are truly the loveliest lady ever. Thank you for coming and sharing your creative spirit with us all!


      June 29, 2017

  2. This was a truly heartwarming experience for me on many different levels! So thrilled I was able to attend and to learn, create, and be inspired by my fellow teachers, you, and the guest speakers. Thanks for all you do to support us!

    Tamara Thomas Evans

    June 29, 2017

  3. Aww thank you Patty and your team for truly inspiring me. I truly enjoyed every minute of being part of the Deep Space Sparkle Workshop. From great food,new friendships and most of all fabulous art. I could not have spent a better 3 days.

    Kristy Gopaul

    June 29, 2017

    • So, so happy to hear this! We do it all for YOU. Thanks for being your amazing self.


      June 29, 2017

  4. Wow it really nice post. It is very informative for who want to about arts works. Your website is very informative for everyone. Thanks for sharing this post.

    Fine Arts Auckland

    July 9, 2017

  5. I am an Australian teacher nearing retirement with limited artistic ability. This semester I am morphing into an Art teacher – never in a million years did I think this would ever happen – Art – No Way. But here I am and I am loving it, thanks to you and Deep Space Sparkle. I have used several of your lessons with my students when i was classroom teaching (as I have no natural artistic creativity)and they are awesome and had my colleagues wondering how I was doing this – the displays are awesome. Thanks so much.

    I was wondering when your next conference would be as I would be interested in incorporating my leave to enable me to attend, but obviously this would take some organisation.

    Thank you so much.


    Jan Jansen

    July 18, 2017

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