Fall is my FaVoRiTe time of the year! Here is a simple yet fun project to create with your students.
First, have your students create beautiful painted paper and let dry. I threw in some glitter paint to add a little bit of sparkle.
Next, comes creating the large circle for the tree top.
In my school, we are really trying to reinforce math concepts, so if I can use geometric shapes in projects I am all about it. I have a zillion of circle stencils, various sizes to help the little ones refine creating their shapes.
After the circle is drawn on the back side of the paper, they cut out the circle, and start adding the branches with previously painted paper.
We look at how trees have trunks that start at the bottom touching the ground and
eventually become thin branches in the air.
Our trees are more Stylized not having to be realistically shaped.
The kiddos love adding smaller branches to larger branches to complete the look.
It was also at this time, that Charley developed his own distinctive minimalist style, which he called ‘minimal realism’. The feature of this ‘minimal realism’ was the capturing of (only) the essence of a subject, without all the detail. Charley’s most quotable line is probably that he was not concerned with counting feathers, but of counting only the wings, alluding to the minimalist nature of his designs. Charley forsook detail and realism, choosing instead a geometric and uncluttered simplicity in his art. Charley’s work is flat and hard edged, with simple geometric lines. The draftsman’s tools of straight edge, compass, French curve and protractor were his instruments of creation.
First, I had the students paint their large 12 x 18 paper with tints and shades of blue tempera paint and let dry.
Students then started working on their geometric shaped fish. They could use any shape. They just needed a few small details.
Next, students started to add plant life that would be found in a fish habitat.
We added sea weed, lily pads, driftwood, and various plants that live under the water.
After they added plant life, we discussed how Charley Harper would add geometric lines to represent basic patterns in the objects, such as our fish. Sharpies worked great for the lines.
We then matted the projects on construction paper for displaying in the hallways.
Supplies: 12 x 18 construction paper Tempera Paint -Blue, White Brushes Painted Paper Scissors Glue
Funny, since I had just been preparing a walk down memory lane of my favorite pumpkin projects!
If you have been following my blog over the years, you would know I love fall.
Why the whole month of October is an explosion of colors!
Especially those analogous colors which I so love.
So here are my favorites.
Tempera Paint Pumpkins
Week One: 2nd grade create large, beautiful, pumpkins with tempera paint on 12 x 18 paper. We focused on brush strokes to create texture on our pumpkins. Then Let Dry.
Week 2: Students added various strips of paper to create a border and cut squares of painted paper to create tabs on the border. Here is a poem we read and displayed with our pumpkins. We had lots of fun with this project. Enjoy!
One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I'll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?
(I'm so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)
LOTS of FALL COLORS in TEMPERA PAINTS!
My 3rd graders looked at the different stages of a pumpkin's lifecycle.~seed, sprout, vine, flower, pumpkin~ Next, student created beautiful painted paper with warm colored tempera paints.
Then, students created a backdrop for their pumpkins using construction paper, scissors and glue.
(We looked at photos of old weathered fences for inspiration)
Next, students created various shapes and sizes of pumpkins out of different shades of painted paper.
Students glued them down, then added the curvy vines and leaves of the pumpkin plant with different shades of green tempera paint. Let dry.
Students used oil pastels to create the veins on the leaves of the vine and the curved ridges on the pumpkins.
The last step was to add the swirls, representing the wind in the sky, these were done with dark shades of purple and blue then adding white to create a tint.
As you can see we really focused on line-
curvy, spiral and twisted. I just love the movement in these beautiful paintings.
What a fun way to teach science, color theory, elements
and principles of arts~ line, pattern and movement