FALL Projects

We have been working hard in the art room to get our fall themed projects done. I recently bought a book called, ” Awesome Autumn,” that has great information relating to science and our lives, for kids. So, we have started reading that, and working on our projects more. Here are some examples of projects in progress.


All classes are reading this book and learning about autumn. They are all also learning or reviewing warm and cool colors as well as learning about texture.They all have been discussing their favorite things to do in fall with one another and then incorporating those things into their projects.

Days 1 and 2 of the cycle (Kindergarten and 1st grade) their Fall Leaf project: We went outside (when the weather was cooperative) collected leaves, talked about fall, traced the leaves, then continued to trace around and around until the whole paper was filled up. We colored the leaves in using warm colors and worked on how to use a crayon properly and the different kinds of techniques there are to coloring. Then I taught the students an art element: Texture (showing the way something feels). I had them feel sticks and leaves and describe how they felt, as they described I drew on the board what that might look like. Then they thought about their favorite things about fall, shared with a partner, and then used those favorite fall things to make textures in the loops around the leaves they traced. The students are doing a really good job taking their time and are having fun talking about what they like to do, eat, smell, and see during the autumn season.

Day 3 in the cycle are my second graders and they are working on finishing their fall themed still life drawings. We will be adding color this week, working on shadows and highlights. I have been encouraging them to practice drawing exactly what they see at home, and boy the difference a little practice makes! Some of them come in to art and re-work their drawings after they have been practicing, it is so great to see their observational skills getting better. 

Day 4 and 6 in the cycle are Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders. They are working on a Fall Tree Painting project. We looked at tree examples and compared all of them to one another to find the similarities and differences. The students drew their idea of the perfect fall tree and we are starting to paint them. We will be using both watercolor paint and tempera paint. Day 6 has started painting watercolor for their sky using the salt technique to give the sky a fun effect. 

Day 5 is two first grade classes. They are working on Fall Tree Sculptures using recycled materials. Scrap paper, scrap tissue paper, and paper towel rolls. 


My pictures are not uploading for some reason… I will try posting them later on today. Have a great week!



Other projects

The second graders had a sub last week and worked on drawing portraits while I was gone. This week they will be working on their Fall themed still life. They should be practicing at home whenever possible drawing direct observations. We went over this in class- it is simply drawing what you see and trying to make it look real. We broke the still life down into shapes to make it easier. Pictures to come soon!


One of the other Kindergarten classes, two first grade classes, and one second grade class will be starting a fall tree painting this week and next week. They also had a sub in art and worked on drawing from a story starter. The story starter was: When I got to the pumpkin patch, I saw the BIGGEST, Smelliest, Funniest… and they had to draw out what they thought it was. A few of those are hanging in the hall and the rest will be sent home this week and next.


I am excited that my pre-assessments for the Student Learning Outcomes are done and we can get down to making art! Woop Woop!

Fall Tree Sculpture

Two of the First grade classes have just started a fall tree sculpture using cut paper towel inserts  (Oh how I love recycling!!) With this project we are working on warm colors vs. cool colors, 2D vs. 3D, and following directions. The students are also learning the vocab word and art element: Texture. The students will be adding texture to their tree sculptures with tissue paper. This project is working on motor skills as well as critical thinking skills. Here is a few of the started projects:

Fall Leaf Project


Some of the Kindergarten and First grade classes are working on this fall leaf project. They are learning about warm colors, textures, line, and shape. The students are discussing their personal experiences with fall – the sites, smells, and touches. This will help them develop the vocab word and art element: Texture. I am explaining to students of this age that texture is drawing something the way it feels. Here are some started projects:


All of the student’s projects will be different because they all have different experiences with being outside or inside during the fall season. The students are very excited about this project and have enjoyed starting it. This week we will be working on Day 2 of this project.

October Art Challenge


Christmas in September

All of these posts are a little behind because I have been so busy these past couple of weeks…so I will try to catch up here this week. I was so excited that my materials came in a few weeks ago! I ordered some much needed materials including these awesome culture books! I can’t wait to start using them and influence my lessons with them. I want to bring the world around us-  both near and far- into my classroom…and this is the best way I know how as of right now! 



I also ordered a few primary art books, just for material ideas…so excited!!!