E-Learning Tips, Resources and Lessons for teaching kids via livestream

FREE E-Learning Lessons, Resources & Tech Tips

As more and more schools close to accommodate public health requirements, many teachers are feeling overwhelmed at a bit at a loss for how to teach art from home.

I want to extend a complete FREE resource that Team Sparkle has put together for you. We’re calling it our Emergency Sparkle Kit and it’s created for YOU — to help you ride out the Coronavirus storm with kid-focused art videos, lesson handouts and activity packs to teach art at home.

Click the button below to access the FREE EMERGENCY SPARKLE KIT

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I have a few suggestions on the various ways we can make art happen for our kids without being in a classroom. There are so many possibilities and the one that works for you might not work for another.

Watch the video walkthrough and Q & A on Facebook

The Tech: How to Teach Online

Because my entire business is online, I’ve used a variety of desktop applications and streaming services. Below are a few of my favorite apps for teaching online and sharing your screen.

The Issue of Providing Art Supplies:

As i was thinking of the limitations that parents might have with doing art projects at home, the issue of the right paper came up over and over again.

I figured that most, if not all, homes would have crayons, markers and perhaps some coloring tool of choice (no matter what the quality) but having the right all-purpose paper might be a problem.

If you’re going to prep any art supply, let it be this: Easy Paper Sketchbook.

Make your own sketchbook for under 50 cents

I made my own sketchbook using regular 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper in about 2 minutes. This is by far the easiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your students have the right paper in which to create the projects.

You can find the full instructions on how to make your own Sketchbook HERE.

If this is all you do, let it be enough. Parents are pretty amazing when it comes to rounding up art supplies for all families so don’t hesitate to reach out to families in your school for assistance. You might be very surprised at how much families pull together when needed.

If every family has access to a pack of crayola markers, a black Sharpie and some oil pastels or crayons, they would be in great shape. Add some watercolor paints, and the possibilities are endless!

Children-focused videos and lessons

Our Emergency Sparkler Kit contains videos that are uploaded to a special playlist on our Deep Space Sparkle Youtube page. The videos were hand selected based on a minimal supplies requirement.

You can give your students access to this playlist and instruct them to download the handout or offer to photocopy the handouts for them.

Children can watch a video, download the handout and follow along. 

As a reminder, we have over 200 video based lessons inside our The Sparkler Club membership that you can use to teach your students at home. While students can’t have access to your membership login (that isn’t advisable!) you can share your screen as the video plays. As long as you have a good internet connection, your students can watch and create. For Tech how-to’s scroll up!

We trust you’ll find a solution that helps your students learn at home whole you have fun with this brand new experience.

What do you think?

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  • Traci Rene Wolfensperger

    This is the coolest! Thank you so much!

    • Tracey

      You are amazing ! Thank you 🙏🏻

      • Jan

        This is wonderful, thank you!

  • Stacy Gargalione

    Thank you, Thank you! I cant wait to teach some of this!

  • Pritika

    Team sparkle, you are amazing! Thanks for the pack and effort! Stay healthy!!

  • Puja

    It was so much required , Thankyou for reaching out. I’m teacher fm china e-learning from 3rd Feb onwards. Was running out of ideas. And my school insisted on following the regular curriculum map even for e-learning!!! It was tough to convince them that art supplies matters. I made through those starting couple weeks with limited supplies. Now I feel relaxed you backing us. Thankyouuu , although I have already submit curriculum for last trimester , will use tips n tricks , as you share.

  • Amie Savage-Mette

    Thank you! Just found out about my schools closure in NYC starting Monday. Thanks for your kind help 🙂

    • Janet Troxel


      What a fabulous job you guys always do…..Thank you!


  • Samantha

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us and helping us with ideas to provide the love of art to our students outside our classroom.

  • Aimee Wheaton

    Thank you so much!

  • Mary Saca

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Mary McManus

    I am very thankful for these resources during this challenging time. I have never really been tech savvy when it comes to education, but this might be a strong push to make that move and open up to that part of our world in education. Thank you!

    • Patty

      Yes. Youtube makes it easy to send kids a link. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel…use what is available 🙂

  • Shana

    Thank you so much! I have to start teaching online or through packets next week and came here looking for ideas and suggestions. I am unsure how many art supplies my kids will have access to. Right now I imagine buying supplies will be the last thing on parents’ minds when it comes to spending money. This will be a work in progress. My membership is worth every penny and has saved me many times. Again, thank you!

    • Patty

      Happy to help Shana! At the very least, see if you can communicate via some form of technology and read art books or just do an art response activity. Just being there for the kids will be enough.

  • Anne Murray

    You have provided a wonderful gift for art teachers everywhere that is so appreciated – thank you so much! All of the projects are amazing!

  • Karen Tierney

    You are an angel for helping us teachers during this crazy time. I appreciate this emergency kit since I have never designed an elearning plan, none the less an art elearning. Thank you for thinking ahead (for me) as I try to figure out what to do for my art lessons. Thank you and I will support your business.

  • emily

    Thanks, Patty and Team Sparkle! We are out for at least the next two weeks. You are very much appreciated!

  • Darlene

    I am a teacher and I think this is going to be super awesome!

  • Nicole

    Thank you so much Patty and team. 🥰 I’ve been wanting to use sketchbooks in my classes for so long but couldn’t afford it. I’ve tried to come up with ideas before but I was never truly happy with them. THIS however is EXACTLY what I’m looking for? 🥰 Thank you!

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  • Monica Williams

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It is much appreciated. I am a Children’s Librarian who teaches a lot of art. We are posting art prompts and ideas to help keep our kids busy at home. Would you be okay with my library possibly posting some of these lessons? I don’t want to violate any copyright and share them without permission. Many thank in advance!

  • Paulina

    As an new, inexperienced, and very anxious art teacher I can truly say that Deep Space Sparkle has saved me once again. Thank you so much for this! You´re amazing!
    Greetings from Mexico!

  • Diana

    Thank you!

  • Montse

    Thanks! I think that our students can use a lot of ideas of your Emergency Sparkle Kit. Thank you so much from Barcelona, you are amazing!

  • Phia

    Anything for high school students?

  • Bess

    Thank you so much for putting this together. My students were sent home with a tech device “just in case” on Friday. This decision was made so quickly that there was not time for me to put together supplies. I would not have had enough crayons, markers, etc to send home sets for my over 500 kiddos anyway. I wish I would have thought about just sending home some drawing paper with each student. That being said I am looking for ideas that allow them to use whatever they have even if that is just a pencil. Paper will vary also. I was playing around with ideas for STEAM activities that could use home supplies(paper plates, forks, etc) and found objects. Any ideas you have along those lines would be very helpful. My student population includes over 40% below the poverty line so supplies for these kids is extremely limited. My first set of lessons included environmental sculpture and Andy Goldsworthy so they could use found objects and take photo of their creation.

  • Daniel Quinn

    Its amazing

    • Carolyn

      Hi, Patty and your team at DSS!
      As a Sparkler, I so appreciate you all providing this for our fellow teachers who are not members. This is a weird time but your kindness is appreciated!

  • Shilpa

    What kind of camera do we need . I want to start online but I’m from old school don’t understand technology much . Pls help

  • Amy C.

    I really appreciate this!

  • Donna

    My grandchildren and I watch your class and draw together via FaceTime. Thank you so much for teaching the classes. You are a joy!

  • mary

    What is the best colored paper to use? Thank you for creating this packet during a challenging time.

    • Hannah

      We use Pacon Tru-Ray colored paper! 🙂 I hope that helps.

      -Hannah (Team Sparkle)

  • Mindy Rifkin

    I teach K-5 visual arts.

  • Christine Zylstra

    What a great resource! How can I access the videos? When I click on the link in the emergency sparkle kit, the videos are listed as private.

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  • Nida

    Please help me choose the right curriculum for a five year old who is confident in drawing but needs to learn techniques and use of colour.

    • Bethany

      Hi Nida! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. Have you looked into Primerry? Primerry offers families a full library of unique art studio lessons at home, that can be watched anytime and as often as you like!
      Plus, a new episode every weekend.
      *And here’s the best thing: the videos never go away. So for as long as you are a member, you can watch the videos over and over again.
      Primerry focuses on simplicity: login, peruse the assortment of art episodes, gather supplies and create!
      It’s that simple.
      Nothing to download, organize, schedule, map out, or clean-up. Yup. You read correctly.
      “Miss Patty” even goes through the clean-up steps right in the art episode.

      Miss Patty teaches a variety of drawing strategies, including drawing from observation and guided drawings. With each drawing lesson, children have a variety of options to consider so they can make their art their own.
      Miss Patty uses a technique-approach to teaching art, which she used during her 15 years as an art teacher in California.
      This approach exposes children to many types of media, including watercolors, tempera paint, pastels, crayons, markers, acrylics and more.
      Children learn by experimenting with fun techniques and onscreen prompts.

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