My Sparkler Story

You don't have to be a great artist to teach art to kids


Most people think that you have to be super talented artist to teach art.

Being creative really, really helps but it’s not necessary.

I’ve helped thousands of parents, classroom teachers, grandmas, art docents and quite a few over-worked art teachers teach art with ease.

And I can help you, too.

Not long ago, I was teaching art to 3 public elementary schools in Santa Barbara. When I stepped into my first teaching job, I knew a lot about creativity but very little about art instruction, supplies or classroom management.

I gathered every art resource I could find: from tattered photocopies to books from the library and I created a skeleton of a curriculum.

This got me through my first few years. We painted color wheels, explored artists, mixed colors and did all the right things. Then I discovered something: what I thought kids should be learning wasn’t necessarily what made them excited about art.

I switched up my program by combining techniques that were appropriate for each grade level with exciting subjects that kid’s loved. We went from static learning to expressive art-making.

I loved it and so did the kids.

Deep Space Sparkle is the result of everything I’ve done in the art room. From the flops to the fabulous.

I believe teaching art should be effortless.


Of course, it isn’t this simple. Managing tight schedules, assessments, standards and working with children who are more distracted than ever can make teaching art difficult.

That’s why we’re here.

Deep Space Sparkle and The Sparkler’s Club — an online membership of over 3000 teachers aims to help teachers and parents just like you create art with kids the old-fashion way. Through engaging lessons, easy-to-follow instructions and the resources to make your life easier, you can walk into any teaching situation with confidence.

JOIN THE SPARKLERS CLUB

Your path to a stress free year. Access a done-for-you art curriculum, artist bundles, videos, teaching resources & a supportive (really!) community.
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LEARN HOW TO TEACH ART

This step-by-step online art class will teach you the basics of drawing & painting techniques that are designed for kids. Learn through kid-friendly projects & videos.
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Art Made Easy Episode 001: How I became an art teacher and my best advice for teaching art to kids

HOW I BECAME AN ART TEACHER

Discover how I got started teaching art to kids and what my BESt tips are for anyone just starting out.
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