Autumn is truly my favorite time of year! I love the crisp chill in the air and obviously the beautiful leaves makes everything so much more breathtaking (which is hard to do in lovely Tennessee).
It is also a great time of year in the ART ROOM! I have been inspired by Patty at Deep Space Sparkle with some of her clever pumpkin art. I decided to dabble with her idea for my Kindergarten and First Grade students. Below you will see my examples of what the students have been working on over the two weeks..
FYI: Both projects were divided into two week lessons, as we were dealing with wet paint. The first week was for discussion and drawing/painting the paper (out of which said pumpkins would be cut). The second week was for cutting, pasting, oohing and aahing!
One of my most favorite lesson plans is a lesson I created about Fall leaves incorporating collage. This project combines wax resist and collage to create a wonderful and realistic Autumn masterpiece! I came up with this as a student teacher and hope to bring a new twist to the beauty this year. Originally I taught this to First Graders during my student teaching, but after careful thought I have now decided to try this with Second Grade. The photo below is of my finished product example, circa 2010.
FYI: The original lesson took much longer than I had hoped, so I'm prepared for tweaks while presenting this year to my lucky Second graders!