The Ultimate Dr. Seuss NO PREP Art Activity!
This is seriously my favorite art activity ever! The kids love it and the best thing about it is that you only need 3 things! Yes, you heard that right. YOU ONLY NEED 3 THINGS! As a teacher, I know how valuable it is to find art activities that are easy and won’t break the bank.
I’ve used this activity for self portraits, Mother’s Day and, of course, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! You really can’t go wrong!
This quick and easy art project will keep your students active and engaged. I promise you will have fun too as you model how to create a Dr. Seuss-like character.
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First, you will need to gather your supplies…
You will need:
Next, you will need some Dr. Seuss Books
I really like to use Dr. Seuss’ “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket” because it has great illustrations of many different characters. If you want, you can find some of your favorite illustrations and have them bookmarked for the day you plan to teach your lesson. I like to show my students lots of examples of Dr. Seuss’ interesting characters.
- Give each of your students a piece of plain printer paper–Don’t use your cardstock yet!
- Show your students some of the different illustrations you have bookmarked. (or watch some of Dr. Seuss’ Books on YouTube)
- Ask them to share some things they are noticing about Dr. Seuss’ illustrations (strange looking, long arms, long bodies, furry, lots of vibrant colors, etc…)
- Write down these characteristics and have them practice some of these body parts on their printer paper
- Model drawing a character in pencil first. Then show your students how to go over their pencil lines with a Sharpie. Erase your pencil lines and now for the fun part! Go over your drawing with water color! Don’t worry- Sharpie is amazing, it won’t streak or smudge!
Remember to give your character a silly name!
Last, send your students back to their desks…
- Give them one piece of white card stock
- Have them draw their Dr. Seuss character with a PENCIL first! (They will go over with sharpie after they show you their drawing)
- Once they are done with their character in pencil, they can go over their drawing with a Sharpie. I like to see their drawings before I hand them a permanant marker! I also like to remind them to outline their character– OUTLINE ONLY!
- Erase any visible pencil marks
- Now it’s time to WATERCOLOR!
Now look at their amazing Dr. Seuss masterpieces!
What is your favorite easy art project?
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