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Valentine’s Day Art Lessons

By on Jan 23, 2013 | 8 comments

Valentines-Day-Art-LessonsHere are two fail-proof 9-page art lesson plans that will add a spot of color to your winter classroom….

The Shape of My Heart

Inspired by the book, The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring, this 9-page art lesson plan introduces young children to shapes, watercolor techniques and positive and negative space. Full-color photo tutorials of actual student work, an alternate art lesson idea, a coloring and activity page plus student galleries included.

Shape of My Heart Kids Art Project: watercolor and shapes activity for Valentine's Day

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To purchase The Shape of My Heart Art Lesson Plan through my Teachers Pay Teachers store, click here.

Value Hearts

Looking for a creative way to teach symmetry and color value? This beautiful art project teaches young children how to create a symmetrical heart and paint using tints. Full color photos show children working on the project so you know what you can expect from your students. Included is my teacher script on how I explain and teach color value to children.  Student gallery, art objectives and a supply list included.

Value Hearts Art Project for Kids: art lesson that teaches color and value. Great activity for Valentine's Day

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Click here to see Value Hearts in the DSS Shop


  1. I love those value hearts! So pretty! (And yet not necessarily “girly.”)

    Susan Antonelli

    January 23, 2013

  2. Wow! The Value Hearts were a hit. Thanks, Patty, for the great idea. Each heart was unique and sooooo colorful. The kids loved making them. We have had cabin fever from all the snow and cold weather and these hearts sure have brightened our classroom.


    February 7, 2013

  3. Hi Patty-
    I absolutely love this lesson-and the book. I did arty hearts with my kinders and first- they LOVEDthat project. Thanks for all you do!

    Janine Lapertosa

    February 24, 2013

  4. These hearts were so much fun to make! I purchased this lesson as an art project for my second graders right before Valentine’s Day (we needed to jazz up our bulletin boards). I was amazed at how well they turned out. They were vibrant, colorful, and full of personality! Thanks so much! If you want to see a picture of our bulletin board full of these beautiful hearts, check out my blog! Thanks so much!


    March 31, 2013

  5. I absolutely LOVE this lesson and the friction rubbing with oil pastel technique. I used it to teach symmetry to 2nd grade in a painted butterfly lesson. Thanks for your web site Patty!!

    Kristie Foley

    June 19, 2015

    • You’re welcome, Kristie. This is a great technique, especially for boys, as they love to show their muscle when creating the friction!

      Patty Palmer

      June 21, 2015


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