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Art and Literature Art Lesson Plans


Picture books and art projects go hand-in-hand. These four art lessons inspired by popular children’s books, contains full-color tutorials, prep and set-up tips, drawing handouts, templates and student galleries.

The lessons include:

“Pie in the Sky” by Lois Ehlert:Lower grade students create painted paper and use templates to create stunning birds. Great lesson for color, composition and cutting skills.

“Splat the Cat” by Rob Scotton: Perfect for first or second grade, children will love reading this delightful book and creating their own “Splat” using tempera paint and chalk pastel. Scraps of paper turn into Splat’s bookbag and school supplies.

“Do You Have a Hat” by Eileen Spinelli:Use one of the six templates (sombrero, wool hat, beach, top hat, sun hat, crown and cowboy) to draw a favorite hat. Watercolor paints and crafts unite in this creative art lessons for little ones.

“Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp” by Carol Diggory Shields and Illustrated by Scott Nash:Use the two drawing handouts to guide the children through a series of steps of drawing a dancing dino and then explore cool watercolor techniques to finish the project.


Handouts Included:

Do You Have a Hat drawing Aid

How to Draw a Dancing Dino #1

How to Draw a Dancing Dino #2

Birds in a Cherry Tree

Templates Included:

Bird wings, body, head and tail

Woolen Hat

Book for Splat

Magician’s Hat

Beach, Sun or Garden Hat




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  1. Patty,
    The timing of these lessons could not be better as I have 2 classes dealing with children's book art. I thought I had my 6 week line-up ready to go.(your Giraffes Can't Dance being one of my projects.) But I am always open for some last minute changes. (BTW – I am loving the lesson on those beautiful watercolor birds as well.)

    Thank you and Happy New Year!



    January 9, 2010

  2. Fantastic! I love incorporating books into my lessons as much as possible. Love "giraffes". A perennial favorite.

    Patty P

    January 10, 2010

  3. Patty,
    You know how important picture books are to us all and it's great to have some more inspiring activities! Good choice of stories! 🙂


    January 16, 2010

  4. I paid the 5.00 for this, but can't figure out how to get the PDF files? it's under my husband's email. Michael pakosta.
    Please help! thanks!
    tara pakosta


    June 11, 2010

  5. Hi Pakosta,
    No problem. But can you send me an email with the date of purchase? Just makes it easier to find. I'm assuming it's PayPal. I'll forward the email to tech support and they'll send you a link directly. (FYI, Paypal will send the download link to the email you paid with but every so often, something seems to go wrong!)

    Patty Palmer

    June 11, 2010

  6. yes, it was paypal!
    just sent you an email from my husband's email address!
    thanks so much!
    Tara Pakosta


    June 11, 2010

  7. Hi Neil,
    I, too, can’t find the PDF’s that I paid for. I looked at my paypal email, but there isn’t a link. I bought this plan today 11/1/2010. Great website btw.


    November 1, 2010

    • Hi Heather,
      Sometimes Paypal can take a while to send the link. Maybe even a few hours.
      It’s no problem though. We’ll send you a direct link. I’ll email you at the email associated with this comment


      November 2, 2010

  8. Please email with instructions for accessing my purchase. I bought 5 lesson plans and have not received.
    I am very excited to see and experiment with my students. Will you update and do any type of lesson plans for month of February, maybe ideas for Dr. Seuss
    Thank you,


    January 9, 2011

    • Hi Eva,
      Please refer to the Customer Support page under Products in the menu bar. If you still have questions, email me privately with your order information.


      January 9, 2011

  9. I am so grateful to have found your site! I will be student teaching this semester K-6 with 400 students as well and have some literature based art lessons I need to come up with! Your site has been very insightful and helpful in so many ways. Thank you for sharing the art love!


    January 23, 2011

  10. Oh no! I just bought this pdf, but now I don’t know how to download it! Help!


    Mrs. Tannert

    March 8, 2011

    • Hi Mrs. Tannert,
      Please go to the Customer Support link under “Products” in the menu bar. You can find commonly asked questions and this might help. If you paid via Google Checkout, a link will have appeared immeditaly. If you paid via Paypal, a link will arrive in an email (it’s been taking up to two hours for the email with the link to arrive).
      Let me know if you were successful.


      March 8, 2011

  11. Hi Patty,
    I purchased 3 of your wonderful lessons last week. I was able to open and save two of them but one is saying that is damaged and will not open. The lesson that is damaged is “Art & Literature” Thanks for your help! I love your website!!!


    Heather Cox

    August 17, 2011

    • Hi Heather,
      We don’t know why this happens but it does happen randomly. Neil will send you a direct link. Look for it in your mailbox. So sorry for the problem! Best, Patty


      August 18, 2011

      • Thanks Patty,

        I have not received the direct link from Neil yet. I have check my junk mail also. Thanks!

        Heather Cox

        August 23, 2011

  12. I did a post and mentioned you and your wonderful pdf full of neat art lessons!

    Here is the link:


    We are going to do the Splat the Cat lesson hopefully tomorrow. Have to buy more black tempera and black chalk pastels.

    We did our own projects to go with Merry Christmas Splat.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Cannot wait to do your lesson and the others in this pdf.

    The boys are super excited about the Native American lessons we are going to do from your Inidans pdf that we ordered.

    Happy holidays!
    Colleen 🙂

    Colleen @F5th @pinterestmama

    December 6, 2011

  13. How long does it take to get purchases sent to our email?

    Debbie Selene

    March 7, 2013

    • The transaction is immediate. Please refer to our customer support page for the easy answers then you can contact Neil for more help. His email is on the Customer Service page.

      Patty Palmer

      March 7, 2013

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