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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Projects

This Fall we have been busy studying about the seasons, line, shape, and texture. Below are some crayon rubbings the students made. They made their own pumpkins, and face pieces out of cardboard for the rubbings. Then they decorated the foreground and background

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We made these haunted houses silhouettes with watercolor, and black tempra paint. Students practice having control of their brush for fine details.

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I found this idea online at


We got out the chalk pastels with second and third grade to create these pumpkin patches. Students had to overlap pumpkins, shade with analogus colors, and overlap the leaves. They loved this and they came out beautiful!

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We have been learning alot about pumpkins and why they are special. I have read them LOTS of pumpkin books and we even tasted pumpkin bread and I told them all to try IHOP’s pumpkin pancakes! I have been indulging in Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte every Tuesday. I just LOVE the Fall!!

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students loved making our 3d spooky houses, and they were very creative this year.

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kinder and first grade drew and painted scarecrows. They thought it was funny that scarecrows don’t really work. I told them it was a symbol of harvest and students learned about how this time of year is so important to farmers and how people celebrate harvest all over the world.! We looked at the painting Garden Scarecrow by Erin Dertner


The students drew a scarecrow with crayons, drew the background, then colored the sky with fall coloed tempra paint, for a harvest sunset. They drew different kinds of hats, shirts, and decorations. Some were in a pumpkin patch, others in a corn field, or both! After the paint dried, they went over some of the lines with oil pastels to brighten them up a bit.


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I know the lesson below isn’t Fall, but the kids have had so much fun with it. It is the easiest lesson too. We first studied Op Art. We looked at many examples online. Then the students drew these spheres


after they draw the spheres, they create a checker board background using a ruler

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We extended the lesson to add them on our radial designs. Here is the lesson I posted last year for that…



  1. hi there! maybe you found the spooky silhouettes on my blog?

    yours turned out great! thanks for sharing!

  2. thanks for posting this....was wanting to do it since I'm without a drying rack for a few (more) months. Saved me from having to look for the directions you gave me previously. Love your site! You've inspired me to do more to my own site....trying to get caught up after the move into the new building.

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