I LOVE Fall! I get really giddy when it comes to Fall art! Last year we left a pumpkin on the front porch until it was no bueno and we had to dispose of it. The pumpkin left behind a friend in the crack of the stairs on the front porch that grew into a massive pumpkin plant this summer! We loved our pumpkin plant and even named her! (Raspucia) We tended to her with such care through the drought in hopes of a pumpkin patch by Halloween! Sadly a pumpkin grub recently got inside the vine and completely hollowed it out. I got a text from my neighbor the day we cut her down…everyone was quite fond of her.
I even used my beautiful “Raspushia” as a backdrop for a newborn photo-shoot looking all like the Great Pumpkin in her Fall Harvest Glory!
Every Year I paint pumpkins with at least a few grades and this year we are making a Pumpkin crayon batik! I played around with different ideas for the background. I modified this lesson from a Paul Klee Fish Batik I got from my friend Haley Ann, an art teacher in my district!
First, draw a pumpkin and color very hard with crayons
Then crumble it up
Paint with India Ink
Rinse in the sink
I managed to save some of Raspucia’s leaves for my Fall projects!!
LEAF PRINTS!!! One of my favorite Fall activities! Fun for ALL ages! Last year we made leaf print turkeys! http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/search/label/leaf%20print%20turkeys
My daughters made these leaf prints with their friends a few weeks ago!
For the Batik background we used construction paper and magazine squares to create an interesting pattern background
Outline with black chalk
And paint Tempera Varnish on top
We glued pieces of cardboard under the pumpkin and leaves to create a 3d effect
I cannot wait to post more of our Fall Fun projects!