SEUSS STYLE ARCHITECTURE & CITIES
Whether inspired from Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Lorax or the buildings in Who-ville, the common thread is fun!
Kids will LOVE creating their Seuss-Inspired line drawings. Using plain paper, a black marker a pair of scissors and a glue stick, this lesson uses the most basic of supplies. If you don’t have colored drawing paper, use construction paper or even colored photocopy paper. The point is, the paper doesn’t have to be thick or heavy weight.
This project looks relatively easy, but older students (grades 6-8) will be able to achieve detailed drawings and an intricate background.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Black marker (I like Sharpie markers)
- Assortment of colored sulphite paper or any other type of colored paper
- Glue stick
Watch Patty’s Facebook Live tutorial, demonstrating how to teach this lesson to your classroom of students. This video has been edited from the original Facebook tutorial.
LET’S GET STARTED:
Give each child 1 sheet of white paper and 2-4 smaller sheets (6” x 6”) of colored paper. On each colored paper, draw a Seuss-like house. The general guideline is to start at the base and move up.
The lines don’t have to be straight, but demonstrate how to achieve a smooth curved line. Children have a tendency to draw a very jagged line if given no restraints. While this is fine, it is very difficult to cut out. This can lead to frustration.
To cut out shapes inside the house, fold paper in half and cut a slit in the negative space. Open house and slip scissors through slit to cut out window, etc.
Don’t stop with just one Seuss building, create an entire city of them using different colored paper.
Download the Seuss City handout by clicking the red button below. Add your name and email and we’ll send it to you!
I have watch you segment of guided drawing and put several on my pin page. Trying to put together the different age groups to instruct them next year. Your projects helps tremendously.
LOVE this so much!!! Thanks for sharing!
How do I get to the video?
This project will be so fun to add to our Seuss collection. We are studying buildings and landscapes in the coming weeks.
So,could you do this with Grade 2s and 3s? I’m not an art teacher but am looking for connections with other literacy and geometry even.
I think you could but if you are new to teaching art, I would see if you could try a lesson designed for a younger student. Here’s a lesson I think you’ll enjoy: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/dr-seuss-day-art-activities/
Thanks so much for the link!
This is such a cute and simple project for my third graders. We are going to watch the Lorax (original version) then make the Seuss city. Our school is starting our Seuss week off tomorrow. I start off my week with a Masterpiece Monday Art Activity each week…this will be perfect. I enjoyed watching as Patty drew the Seuss houses. I’ve loved DSS for several years. Patty is always updating and sharing her talent.
Thanks for the great resources!
I love this lesson! I think my 4th and 6th graders will too!
Great to have this resources! Thank you for making teaching art in the classroom something achievable.
This is great – we are about to begin Dr Seuss week at my school – this is great!!!
I love it
I do a version of this project with middle school and I get some really great results. They draw a Seuss city using the buildings etc. from this lesson. Then they paint or use colored pencil. Some are incredibly detailed. I love it. I always have a Seuss assignment for around his birthday.
I used this last year in kindergarten and misplaced the guides for drawing the houses! They were a huge hit!
Link to access tab doesn’t work for me on the email or the website?
Hi Lisa! The download links are working on our end. You should receive the email directly to your inbox. We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.
I’m unable to access the Seuss Cities project. Could you please help?
I clicked to access the free handout, but nothing happens.
Hi Lisa! If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy!