Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pumpkin Swirls

What a perfect time of year to explore 
the lifecycle of a pumpkin!


Class One:
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.



Class Two: 
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 
to name a few! 


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