Fall into Autumn and integrate Art with Science with these observation drawing lessons. Students learn to carefully observe details and focus on the art elements line, shape, and color. Both lessons include a watercolor component, and they connect well with any science lessons that deal with seasons or plants.
Autumn Leaves Observation Drawing
requires students to focus on details, and encourages them to draw large and off the edge of the paper to create dramatic compositions.
Leaf Shape Trace and Paint
uses leaf-shaped templates so that students can concentrate on layout, positioning, color, shapes, and the use of negative space.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
• two art reflection worksheets
• eight different leaf shape templates to copy and cut for tracing
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Related art lessons:
Still Life for Kids
Drawing Patterns from Nature
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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