The Sparklers Club gives you everything you need to ignite creativity in the classroom, engage + inspire your students, and end art teacher overwhelm for good.
(Even if you don’t have formal training in teaching or art… you worry that you’re not “creative” enough… and you feel like you NEVER have enough time.)
Does being an art teacher ever make you feel like the black sheep of your school? On the good days, teaching art to children is rewarding, fun, and deeply satisfying — and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
AWESOME “art teachers-only” perks include
Well… let’s just say that Art Teacher Overwhelm is a very real thing.
Here are some art teacher struggles you might be facing right now:
It’s hard to inspire creativity in your students when you’re stretched thin and overwhelmed.
I’ve been there myself. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
I’m Patty Palmer; the founder of Deep Space Sparkle and an art teacher just like you.
After teaching for 13 years in a public elementary school to over 400 kids, I know the realities of teaching art.
When I first got started as a teacher, I was definitely thrown into the deep end.
It was up to me to know which projects to teach, which supplies to use, and which artists to study.
And, like many art teachers, I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best possible teacher for my students:
And, most of all, I wanted my class to feel inspired and have fun!
But no matter how many late nights and weekends I spent planning and researching, many of my projects flopped.
(Post-impressionism was a total bust with my 7 year olds.)
Other lessons ran over time, or quickly spiralled into a class of restless and disengaged students. Add in the demands of parent communication, standards and assessment criteria, administration requirements, plus extra duties and more… and I was on a sure path to burnout.
Then, I realized something that changed everything:
When it comes to art, kids don’t want education...
They want exploration.
Not only that…
I wanted to feel on top of my to-do list and stop taking work home with me every evening...
And that meant I needed a plan that made sense — not just for my lessons, but for my entire year.
It was time to stop feeling like a last-minute magician pulling rabbits out of a hat each week...
I was done with the Sunday night scramble. I wanted more fun and flow instead.
So I began to experiment:
I tested and tweaked my lessons to match up with how students process art and express their creativity at different ages.
And I put all this together into an art program that captivated my students and played off my personal strengths.
We explored with paint, got creative with pastels, found solutions through drawing and grew confidence in our artistic abilities together...
With these lessons, my students couldn’t wait to come to art…
And I couldn’t wait to teach them.
And because I finally had an engaging curriculum that hit all the required learning objectives, standards, assessments and more…
People began to take notice.
… And the best part of all?
I could finally stop wasting my energy on worrying about what to teach next or trying to reinvent the wheel at the start of each week, month, or year.
Instead, my role as the art teacher became focused on getting to know my students through art.
With just a few subtle shifts in how I approached teaching art, I went from feeling exhausted to energized.
I didn’t need to be a seasoned artist, or an experienced teacher (after all, I got my start as a volunteer) or feel creative around the clock...
Because, for the first time, I had a plan for teaching art that worked for me and my students.
And I was FINALLY free from the Pinterest black hole I seemed to get sucked into every Sunday night!
You can have this, too. I promise.
(That’s exactly why I created The Sparklers Club.)
You can transform your classroom from overwhelming to engaging, without spending hours searching for the perfect lessons for your class.
We’ve already done all the hard work for you.
(From step-by-step art lessons to done-for-you curriculums, and everything in between.)
The only thing left to do is show up and start creating with your students.
This is your special invitation to join over 5000 art teachers who have already said YES to…
An affordable and flexible “pay as you go” monthly membership — perfect for anyone who teaches art to students aged K-6.
Get kid-tested (and teacher-approved) step-by-step lesson plans, done-for-you curriculums, and practical support — so you can unleash your students’ creativity in the classroom and become an Art Teacher Superstar.
(Even if you couldn’t draw a stick figure to save your life.)
Today is the LAST day you’ll struggle to find balance as an art teacher. Guaranteed.
I’m here to help you:
The Sparklers Club is an all-in-one lifesaver for art teachers who want to feel more organized, inspired and in control.
After supporting over 30,000 teachers from around the world, we know a thing or two about what it takes to help art teachers and their students thrive...
We call it The Special Sparkle System:
STUNNING, RIGOROUS, EASY TO TEACH LESSONS
Get off the Pinterest hamster wheel and unlock new levels of creativity with your students. Balance rigor with exciting new ideas that work — no matter what your classroom looks like.
A NO-FAIL PLAN FOR THE YEAR THAT FLOWS
Effortlessly create an art program that plays to your strengths, builds on learning objectives, and gives your entire year a serious sense of creative freedom, fun and flow.
ALL THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO SHINE
Who said art had to be lonely? Tap into unlimited inspiration, celebrate wins with a supportive crew of teachers like you, and get answers to your stickiest art teacher questions.
Here’s exactly how we’ll help you and your students SPARKLE, each and every month:
Fully Illustrated, Step-by-Step, Grade-Level Lesson Plans (We call them Art Bundles)
On the 1st day of each month, we release a new Art Bundle that includes lesons for grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.
Each Art Bundle contains a selection of standards-rich, fully illustrated step-by-step lesson plans, in keeping with the month’s theme.
For every month that you’re an active member, you’ll receive access to our newest Art Bundle, PLUS 2 Art Bundle “credits” that allow you to unlock 2 additional Bundles from our extensive library (over 60 Bundles and growing).
That means you’ll receive THREE Art Bundles in total every month (enough for a full month of lessons).
Every lesson plan is aligned with a variety of standards, including I Can Statements, Common Core and NCAS, along with matching assessment sheets for easy grading.
You can follow our done-for-you EPIC and Art Through The Ages curriculums each month (more on that below), or simply choose the lessons that catch your eye from our extensive Art Bundle library to build your own custom curriculum!
Wondering what’s inside an Art Bundle?
Each bundle includes...
Our Art Bundles give you everything you need make teaching easy and effortless, no matter how experienced or artistic you are… and no matter which age group you teach.
“The best part about the step-by-step art bundles are the notes on where to start and tips to share with students. Ever since we started using the Art Bundles, my students’ confidence has grown and they’re beginning to use their own intuition and creative flair (rather than just following the steps).”
~ Hannah C.
“As a second year art teacher, The Sparklers Club has helped me create higher quality lessons that appeal to a broader range of students. Having resources like the clay bundle or Mexican Art bundle gives me the confidence to venture outside of my comfort zone.
As a result, my students have discovered many different artists from around the world and many different ways to make art. I feel that this style of teaching better reflects the creativity and diversity of my kids.
It also allows me to spend more time and energy on building relationships with my class, and less time on lesson planning!"
~ Erin R.
“The bundles have saved me SO MUCH TIME!!! It’s SO worth getting my evenings and weekends back now that my lessons are done for me. I too am on a tight budget… it’s all about choices and priorities. For me, the cost and time saved is well worth it!”
~ Jannette L.
NEW for 2019: Video-Based Art Through The Ages Curriculum for K-7!
The Art Through the Ages Curriculum is a done-for-you roadmap for teaching young artists how art has progressed throughout the centuries through fun and engaging lessons.
It is a fully-sequenced, 10-month art curriculum for grades K-7 organized into 10 bundles. Each bundle contains 14 lesson plans (2 for each grade: K-6) plus 1 or 2 lesson plans for 7th grade. Every single lesson is accompanied by a video that can be played in the classroom for students to watch!
Together, you’ll retrace history through Ancient Egypt, explore Greek Mythology, get medieval, gothic, and a little bit baroque…
...Then get messy with Van Gogh, dabble in surrealism, play with pop art, abstract, contemporary artists and so much more!
What a powerful moment for students to open up their portfolios at the end of the year and see how art has changed, influenced and inspired people and movements from around the world...
All through the lens of their very own art projects!
How it works: Each month of Art Through The Ages is available as a separate bundle to unlock using your monthly Sparkler credits.
Yearly Sparklers Club members receive access to the ENTIRE Art Through The Ages curriculum as a special bonus upon joining.
Like having options? The EPIC Art Curriculum is a Sparkler favorite, too…
Any teacher who has put together their own curriculum knows how tedious and challenging it can be.
And if you’ve ever struggled to map your lessons to standards and plan your year in advance, EPIC is about to become your new best friend!
EPIC is a 12-month curriculum for K-6 that combines the elements of art and principles of design into a fully sequenced and done-for-you art program.
You can follow it to the letter, or use it as a starting point and substitute your own lessons as you wish.
Each month of EPIC focuses on a separate element or principle (Line & Pattern, Shape, Color, Contrast & Emphasis, Movement & Rhythm, etc).
Put simply, you’ll never wonder what to teach next again!
Like all of our Art Bundles, EPIC is grouped by age level: K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.
How it works: Each month of EPIC is available as a separate bundle (12 total) to unlock inside the membership library, using your monthly Sparkler credits.
Get unbeatable support for every stage of your art teacher journey with the private Sparklers Club Community
You’ve got gorgeous lessons, endless inspiration, and a pitch-perfect plan for the year…
The only thing missing?
A special place just for you.
No art teacher should be an island. We’re on a mission to give you everything you need to shine.
The Sparklers Club community is your safe place to celebrate, get advice, find ideas, and discover solutions to your trickiest art teacher problems.
Whenever you need it.
"Before I joined the Sparklers Club, teaching art was so lonely! After so many years of teaching, I felt like my lessons were getting stale and I had no support. But then I became a Sparkler! Being part of this group, sharing ideas, having the amazing lessons and this whole community has given me a brand new sense of joy and enthusiasm that I had when I first started teaching."
~ Pea S.
"Before the Sparklers Club, I felt so alone, and I doubted my worth as a teacher because I didn’t have anyone to talk to. Now, I have a large family inside The Sparklers Club — and it’s filled with love, support, encouragement."
~ Robin T.
"Last March, I went in for my first Art teacher interview, and they unexpectedly asked if I could teach 5-7 year olds. I smiled and said yes because I had The Sparklers Club magic in my back pocket!
Being a member gave me the confidence I needed in a low part of my life. I joined for the lessons and the teaching, but I had no idea I would find a family here as well."
~ Laura A.
"I am so glad I joined The Sparklers Club — it’s been almost 3 years! I knew I would get great bundles, lessons and ideas, but had NO idea the FB group would be so amazing!
There is such willingness to share ideas, techniques as well as serious challenges teachers face. I had no idea I would be so inspired by all the trainings and precious art that has been shared here. You have made me a better teacher." ~ Gloria M.
Your Sparklers Club membership also includes…
Access to Exclusive Art Trainings
Get step-by-step trainings by Patty and Art Experts. Brush up on your art technical skills, management plans, mindset hacks and more. You'll gain instant access to the entire training library when you join.
Drawing Guides and Templates
How many times have you needed just one drawing guide for a project? Access a library of templates & drawing guides to use right away!
Teaching Resources, Checklists and Tools
Need a quick Assessment checklist? Artist Worksheets? Posters? Drawing Handouts? We have a huge library of teaching resources available to you at the click of a button.
You'll receive a Sparkler email every Monday. We like to shine a spotlight on our fabulous community, share tech resources, and answer popular art questions.
The Sparkle Magazine
This is our monthly magazine just for Sparklers. It is sent on the 1st Monday of every month and includes links to the monthly Bundles, bonus lessons, art tips, Sparkler Spotlights and much more!
Spotlights and Support
Each month, we shine a spotlight on our members; teachers who are outstanding, supportive and just plain inspiring. You have the opportunity to contribute to the Sparklers content by submitting your art lesson ideas.
Ready to choose your own art adventure?
With anywhere-access, your next great idea is just a few clicks away.
If you’re short on time and in need of a crowd-pleasing lesson (or two) in a pinch, The Sparklers Club is here for you when you need it, wherever you need it.
Simply login from your internet connected computer, tablet or phone and find what you need with ease.
Or if you prefer a little more flexibility, plenty of our Sparklers use our resources as a starting point for their own creative planning process.
With hundreds of organized lessons, 2 curriculums, and countless exciting ideas at your fingertips, the Sparklers Club will give you structure, set your creative mojo on fire and shave hours off your planning time — every single week.
"The Sparklers Club gives me an edge and a blueprint to teach meaningful art lessons with integration of other subjects."
- Melissa Palmer
"The Sparklers Club gives me peace of mind — it’s the complete package."
- Katie Agnew
"I'm always looking for inspiration, fresh ideas and best practices…. The Sparklers Club gives me a treasure trove of lessons at my fingertips!"
- Meg Carte
YEARLY MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: INSTANT ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE ART THROUGH THE AGES ART CURRICULUM!
When you sign up for a yearly membership to The Sparklers Club, you’ll also receive INSTANT ACCESS to all 10 Art Bundles from our ART THROUGH THE AGES Curriculum.
From the moment you join, you’ll have access to a fully sequenced, standards-mapped curriculum for the entire year! That's 10 Bundles!
Monthly members will receive the first Art Through The Ages Bundle right away (Ancient World), and be able to unlock any two bundles from the Art Library (which includes all the other ART THROUGH THE AGES curriculum bundles) in addition to receiving a brand new bundle each month.
Sequence, Schedule, Sparkle: An Art Through The Ages Curriculum "Field Guide" Training
In this in-depth 90 minute interactive workshop, Patty and Team Sparkle will walk you through how to integrate the brand new Art Through the Ages Art Curriculum to fit your students' needs and your unique schedule.
We'll show you how to:
Join the Sparklers Club today and we'll drop this special BONUS training into your account on September 5th!
As a new Sparkler, you'll receive an invitation to attend this Sparkler-only event!
PD training hours will be available to all those who attend live (or watch the replay at your convenience).
And to offer you and your students a clear path for the year, we're providing you with TWO sets of "What You'll Learn This Year" posters specifically designed for the Art Through the Ages & The EPIC Curriculum.
PLUS you'll also get... What You Will Learn posters from both of our curriculums Value: $60
Choose your membership level below to get instant access to The Sparklers Club today:
Note: If signing up for grade-level membership, you’ll be prompted to select from K-2, 3-4 or 5-6 on the next page. For questions or help with your registration, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a teacher, I know how important it is to invest ONLY in the resources and tools that will give us back more of the most valuable thing we have: TIME.
I created The Sparklers Club to give teachers the resources and step-by-step guidance they need to teach art with confidence (even if you’re not experienced or “artsy”)... without spending hours on prep and planning each week.
But if you’re STILL not sure that our Art Bundles and Sparklers-Only resources are going to give you the free time you’ve been missing, along with the support you’ve been searching for…
We want to give you a full 72 hours to explore the resources inside the Sparklers Club, take the Art Bundles and done-for-you curriculums for a spin, and make sure they’re right for you.
If you feel that we haven’t given you everything you need to win back your free time, help your students create frame-worthy art and put together the art program of your dreams…
Then just email us at support [at] deepspacesparkle.com within 72 hours of your purchase, and we’ll refund your payment in full.
No hassle, no strings attached.
"The Sparklers Club has helped me become an art teacher that kids and parents want! When I started teaching in 2007, I used all the books I was supposed to, but it just lacked something.
Inside The Sparklers Club, Patty shares her ability to make art fun and build lessons with multiple layers of creativity. I’ve learned how to take a lesson up several notches so kids can create something very special!"
~ Susie E.
"One of the main reasons I joined as a first-year teacher was to focus more of my energy on classroom management and not lesson planning. I’m not here to reinvent the wheel! The Sparklers Club took a load off my shoulder and reduced my stress significantly!"
~ Kristin D.
"The Lessons inside The Sparklers Club make things so much easier. Planning doesn’t take so much time and with 4 kids of my own, the lessons have streamlined my life.
I love that the lessons are broken down with visual steps, I love the videos, the handouts, the writing components, the standards.
With The Sparklers Club, I feel more focused and organized. I have told all my family and friends to join — it has truly changed my life."
~ Sonia L.
"I use to struggle to put lessons together that worked for all of me 1st-6th grade classes. The bundles streamline this for me. I only teach part time, but I used to spend so many hours prepping at home. Now, I don’t have to do that.
The lessons are easy to follow. The supply list is on point with using my budget the best of my ability — and the kids LOVE the lessons!"
~ Michelle E.
Step 1: Select your membership level from the options above, click “enroll now” and follow the prompts to complete your payment.
Step 2: Check your inbox for your welcome email, which contains the link to the private Sparklers Club website and your membership dashboard (this is where you’ll go to download all of your monthly resources).
Step 3: Login to the Sparklers Club website and follow the pop-up tour for a quick walkthrough of how to navigate the site and get instant access to your goodies — ready for you to use right away (you’ll never feel the Sunday night “prep” stress again)!
As a reminder, Sparklers receive access to these awesome resources every month:
YEARLY Members Receive:
MONTHLY Members Receive:
Access from anywhere, at any time of day.
All you need is a computer or tablet with an internet connection to start enjoying all the Sparklers Club perks right away.
If you see yourself in any of the points below, the Sparklers Club was created for you!
Here’s what some members love MOST about being a Sparkler…
"What I love most about the Sparklers Club is having more time! It takes the guesswork out of teaching art."
~ Britain E.
"I love the objectives. Now, I have more direction in my planning, and the kids understand what I’m doing and why. It’s a HUGE confidence builder."
~ Stephie M.
"With The Sparklers Club, I’m so much more confident! I love knowing that I have access to amazing lessons that are creative, colorful and different."
~ Debbie L.
"Joining The Sparklers Club has given me peace of mind. New lessons, connected ideas, targets/objectives done for me and knowing that it will all work out!"
~ Gloria M.
"Joining The Sparklers Club has given me peace of mind. New lessons, connected ideas, targets/objectives done for me and knowing that it will all work out!"
~ Kellie D.
If you want to teach art, make art, and live a more creative, happy life…
Then you’re already a Sparkler at heart.
All you need to do is join us:
“I have been an artist and a teacher for 32 years. But when I began teaching art to elementary students, I realized how different it was. After swimming through Pinterest and Google, I finally found The Sparklers Club, and it turned out to be a life saver.
I wasn’t scared and I didn’t have to worry anymore. Patty shares so much information and ideas that can go straight into the classroom (or used as triggers for your imagination)!”
~ Kimberly V.
“My biggest struggle is feeling competent in teaching art, since I have no formal training and do not consider myself artistic. It means so much to me to have the lessons, tools and tips and tricks that make me LOOK competent, even when I might not feel that way.”
~ Michael G.
“After 10 years as an art teacher, I needed a push and some new ideas. Since becoming a Sparkler, I have a renewed drive for teaching art!”
~ Lexi C.
“The Sparklers Club makes art approachable for me! I’m a homeschool mom of 9 kids and now it’s easy to have successful lessons every time — because you’ve already done the planning tell me just what I need. Thank you!”
~ Tristan R.
“I’ve been teaching art for 15+ years. The projects from our district’s adopted curriculum are not aesthetically pleasant and take way more time than they give us. But with The Sparklers Club, I can choose from units on Artists, Countries, Media, Seasons, Holidays… they are so many different ways to present the content.
The artworks turn out great. The kids are engaged, even when they’re “done” (because of the coloring pages that come with the Bundles for early finishers). They have fun.
The Sparklers Club has simplified my Art Teacher Life.”
~ Tammera W.
The Sparklers Club is a subscription-based membership. This means that you pay monthly (or yearly) to access content via the exclusive Sparklers website.
Lessons are grouped by artist or theme and are released as a BUNDLE. A new art Bundle, trainings and art resources are added each month to our extensive Art Bundle library (over 90 Bundles and counting, which also now includes our EPIC & Art Through The Ages Curriculum!)
Your membership allows you to unlock up to TWO new art bundles each month, in addition to the NEW Art Bundle we release to all members each month → that's 3 Art Bundles in total each month!
The lessons in each Bundle include Common Core standards, I Can statements, visual art standards and assessments.
The lessons are offered as single PDF lesson plans to download or access through the site. Each lesson has a supply list, objectives, detailed instructions, standards & assessments and often instructional videos.
EPIC is a 12-month curriculum for K-6 that combines the elements of art and the principles of design into a fully sequenced and done-for-you art program. You can follow it to the letter, or use it as a starting point and substitute your own lessons as you wish.
Each month of EPIC focuses on a separate element or principle (Line & Pattern, Shape, Color, Contrast & Emphasis, Movement & Rhythm, etc).
Like all of our Art Bundles, EPIC is grouped by age level: K-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Each month of EPIC is available as a separate bundle (12 total) to unlock inside the membership.
Art Through The Ages is our brand new video-based art history curriculum for K-7. Just like EPIC, Art Through The Ages grouped by age level and available as a separate bundle (10 total) to unlock inside the membership using your monthly credits.
As a special bonus, yearly members will receive access to the ENTIRE Art Through The Ages curriculum upon joining.
You can cancel your monthly membership at any time. Your membership will remain active for the current month, and you will NOT be billed for the next month, or any month thereafter.
Both the yearly and monthly plans are protected by our 3-day satisfaction guarantee. We've got you covered!
Absolutely! Our membership offers 4 Levels:
Grades K-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6 and All Grades K-6.
Simply pick the level that's right for you.
Yes. Many teachers have been successful getting their school or district to pay. Sometimes it comes out of a Professional Development (PD) budget, sometimes from other places including PTA and PTOs.
There are a couple of options when a school or district is willing to pay. We don't take Purchase Orders for subscriptions to The Sparklers Members Club, but in many cases, the school will reimburse you.
Email us at email@example.com for a Letter of Support that you can download and edit, then to give to your administration.
You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invoice.
Another option is to start with a monthly plan, then later upgrade to yearly when the school or district is ready to reimburse you. This is the best way to get enrolled now while registration is open, and get started with all the great membership material. Then you can upgrade from a monthly to yearly plan within 2 months after signing up.
Either way, many teachers have found that the monthly expense is well worth the time they save and the support they receive. Give it a try with our 72-hour money-back guarantee and see!
Studio owners make up 25% of our total enrollment. Members have been able to share what works for them in their studio plus offer support on common problems they experience.
Patty often answers questions pertaining to running a creative business, too!
You don't need to teach art in a specific setting to benefit from the members club. If you teach art to elementary-age school children, there's a place for you in the Sparklers Club.
Please note: the membership is designed to support ONE art teacher, studio owner or teacher. If you have more than one franchise or location, you'll need to purchase the appropriate number of memberships.
Although you may cancel at anytime, membership registration only happens a couple of times a year (January and August).
Your monthly fee won't change or increase for as long as your membership remains active -- even if the price increases for new members.
If you should cancel (and you certainly can at anytime) and chose to join us again later, you will be charged the updated fee, as we typically increase the price of the membership once or twice a year.
One new art Bundle is added each month. The membership art bank grows each month. As a member, you can choose TWO Bundles each month from the library plus all members receive access to the new Bundle we add each month (for 3 Bundles in total).
The benefit of the yearly membership is that it's very cost effective to sign up for yearly pricing -- PLUS you'll receive access all 10 Art Through The Ages Curriculum Bundles right away!
Also, school districts are far more likely to fund yearly memberships. (Plus, you only pay for 10 months instead of 12.)
Yes. We offer schools the chance for group memberships or a Staff Pass. Please contact email@example.com for assistance.
Yes. If after the first 72 hours after enrolling you decide that The Sparklers Club isn't right for you, you can request a refund.
Just contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also cancel your monthly membership at any time. Your membership will remain active for the current month, and you will NOT be billed for the next month, or any month thereafter (unless you decide to enroll again next time we open registration).
A final word from Patty…
You don’t need to clone yourself if you want to get everything done (let’s leave the freaky experiments to the science teachers) or start each week feeling like there’s always too much on your plate.
You don’t have to keep searching and scrolling through Pinterest for hours each week to find the perfect lesson plans for each of your classes, cross your fingers and hope it works out (or spend hundreds on supplies each month).
You don’t need to be an incredible artist with decades of experience to create frame-worthy art with your students.
You just need the right supplies, the right technique, and the right lesson for the right age group (and a little practical support along the way).
With The Sparklers Club, you’ll never have to navigate through the maze of planning to find the perfect lessons for your students.
You’ll never have to worry if your lessons are “good enough” to inspire creativity in your students or rigorous enough to meet the required standards (and you won’t have to choose between the two).
Sparklers often tell us that they feel more creative and inspired with our lesson plans and resources by their side.
This is your permission slip to say no to planning stress and yes to more time exploring art and creativity with your class.
My mission is to help you experience more fun, more freedom, and more space to create something spectacular.
I hope you’ll join us!