Dr. Seuss Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

The illustrations of Dr. Seuss is some of the most iconic works of art of all time. Use this lesson plan to engage students in the evaluation of his work, as well as apply their knowledge to creating illustrations of their own.

Lesson Objective

  • Evaluate famous illustrations by Dr. Seuss
  • Recreate characters of Dr. Seuss by following step by step drawing directions
  • Create an original illustration inspired by Dr. Seuss' work


  • 60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.


Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.


  • A variety of Dr. Seuss books, such as:
    • The Cat in the Hat
    • Green Eggs and Ham
    • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
    • The Lorax
    • Horton Hears a Who
  • Copies of step by step directions of how to draw the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and the Grinch (you can find them with a simple online search)

Lesson Instructions

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Give each pair or small group a copy of a Dr. Seuss book and blank writing paper.
  • Students will explore the book and make notes about what they notice about the illustrations.
  • After 5 minutes, students will pass the book to the next group. They will repeat this process with their new book, jotting down anything else they notice.
  • Repeat this process until pairs and groups have seen at least three books.
  • Call on students to share out what they wrote. Record responses on the board as a list of characteristics and elements of Dr. Seuss art. Responses can include, but are not limited to:
    • Use of crosshatching
    • Pen and ink lines
    • Bright colors
    • Whimsical characters

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