Book Review: The Shape of my Heart

The Shape of My Heart is a great book to read during Valentine’s Day festivities. Also links up to a kid’s art project.

I went to my local Indie bookstore a while back searching for a book to tie-in with my Valentine’s Day themed art lessons. I gravitated towards the sea of pink and red and searched for an appropriate book for my first and second graders.  I was disappointed with the selection but to be fair, I had alot of requirements. I wanted a book to tie-in with an art lesson on … Read More →

Literature Inspired Art Lesson Plans

Dr. Seuss-Inspired art projects based on Hop on Pop, Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish. Great art activities to help celebrate Dr. Seuss Day.

My last Dr. Seuss art lesson was created two years ago and has become one of my most popular lessons of all time. Building on the same theme, I created three more Dr. Seuss-Inspired lessons that are easy to teach and fun for the children to create. This 21-page lesson plan booklet provides three lesson plans that include direct-line instruction so even the most art-challenged teacher can teach with success! … Read More →

A bright spot in a crazy day…


Today was hectic, chaotic and a wee bit stressful. Details, you ask? Let me just say that clean-up went awry and somehow my students thought that pouring the trays of liquid watercolor paints down the drain was helpful.  Hmmm. You all would’ve been proud that I managed to hold back on cursing a blue streak. I suppose the kids meant well, but clean-up in my art room is pretty straight … Read More →

Dr. Seuss Day “One Fish Two Fish” Art Project

Dr Seuss Fish

Here is a great Dr. Seuss Day art project for your little ones. Inspired by my favorite “One Fish Two Fish”, this lesson is perfect for any lower elementary grade including Kinders. If you need more Dr. Seuss-Onspired lessons, check out my Literature-Inspired Art Lesson lessons Plans. Supplies 2 @ 12″ x 18″ white paper black oil pastel blue, yellow, green and red tempera paint glitter and glue Drawing the … Read More →



About Patty

Welcome to DSS. I'm an art teacher to 400 elementary kids in Goleta, California. This is where you will find a library of art lessons, handy PDF lesson plans and resources to make teaching art to kids a whole lot easier.
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