Founded by former art teacher, Patty Palmer in 2008, Deep Space Sparkle’s mission is to uplift art teachers through happy art, colorful curriculums and sparkly support.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, our team supports a thriving membership site for art teachers, The Sparklers’ Club, a weekly podcast, Art Made Easy, and an active blog devoted to providing art projects for teachers and families.

Patty Palmer, CEO Deep Space Sparkle, Inc

Patty Palmer


Patty is the CEO and Founder at Deep Space Sparkle. Patty founded Deep Space Sparkle while working as an elementary art teacher in Goleta, California.

Sharing project ideas and tips on what her students were doing in the art room on her blog, inspired teachers from around the world. Now Deep Space Sparkle helps teachers teach art to kids in art rooms, classrooms, kitchens and studios.

Patty is the author of Draw, Paint, Sparkle Creative Projects from an Elementary Art Teacher (Roost Books 2018)

Neil Cutcliffe

Neil Cutcliffe

Mister Sparkle

Neil is the CFO and CTO of Deep Space Sparkle. He keeps all ships running smoothly and even tolerates glitter.

In his former life, Neil worked as a computer engineer and manager before devoting his days to DSS.

Neil and Patty have been married for 25 years.

Shannon Cain Reyes

Customer Happiness 

Shannon is our resident customer happiness guru. She takes care of all our customers and members and makes all things sparkle inside Team Sparkle.

This native Texan lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and two boys.

The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Shannon Cain Reyes
The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Amy Crossley

Amy Crossley

Social Media & Graphics

Amy puts the sparkle into our graphics in our website, social media and marketing materials.

Amy lives in Barrie, Ontario (yay! Fellow Canadian!) with her husband and their 2 active,  boys ( and yes, they play hockey!)

The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Ashley Christian

Ashley Christian

Web Content 

Ashley meshes technical and creativity effortlessly by uploading  & managing the content for The Sparklers Club & Deep Space Sparkle.

She’s also a video editing magician and loves piecing together b-roll bits.

Fun fact: Ashley is a former student of Patty!

Amy Clay

Lesson Development and Design

Amy creates our lesson plans and art resources all with our Core Value of The Sparkly Standard of Excellence  top of mind.  She is the creative genius behind our mixed-media projects and art history curriculum.

Amy is a former elementary school art teacher with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She lives with her husband in South Dakota and is expecting her first child in November.

The creative team at Deep Space Sparkle | Amy Clay
Heather Sparks, Creative Team Deep Space Sparkle

Heather Sparks

Lesson Development and Design

Heather hails from Georgia and has worked as an art teacher for 13 years before joining the Deep Space Sparkle creative content team.

Heather is a master innovator and loves designing lessons that offer a unique perspectives on traditional subjects.

Emma Deardorff

Video and Photography

Emma brings our art projects and creative content to life with her beautiful photography and graphics. She manages our social media content and keeps the office humming with her musical selections and creative energy.

Hannah Barbaria

Community Manager

Hannah welcomes art teachers with a huge smile and open arms into our two community groups with and ensures that everyone is supported and celebrated.

Alexis Watters

Graphic Designer & Maker of Pretty Things

Alexis is our resident graphic designer & illustrator. She ensures that our resources and lesson plans exceed our Sparkly Standard of Excellence that surprise and delight our members each month.


Team Sparkle believes in growing through learning and pushing past comfort zones. This was put to the test at this year’s team retreat.

We headed for Figueroa Mountain in the Santa Barbara back country to experience solitude, relaxation, brainstorming, harrowing drives up steep mountain faces, ostriches, roosters and gale force winds.

But we had wine and the most delicious food from Dolce catering.


2019 Team Retreat La Quinta Resort, Palm Springs, California

Join our Team!

We are a growing company of online resources for art teachers. We're looking to grow our team in the areas of social media, community support, product design and education.
In person and virtual positions opportunities available. We are located in Goleta, California.


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