Celebrate the harvest moon, Autumn, Halloween, and Day of the Dead with these three diverse art lessons that include a variety of techniques and concepts, including collage, drawing, sponge-painting, using three-dimentional elements, using a viewfinder, composition layout, cropping, and more.
These are lessons provide real art alternatives to coloring sheets and teach specific art techniques. They are easily differentiated for various levels.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
Harvest Moon Tree Silhouette Art Lesson
is a mixed-media composition with tissue paper collage, line drawings, and a focus on space and contrast. Includes teaching tips and an art reflection worksheet to be used with personal art work.
Drawing on Halloween
introduces the use of a viewfinder to help with composition layout and uses a combination of contour drawing, patterning, and sponge-painting. Includes directions for viewfinders and cropping mats, plus two art reflection worksheets, for personal and observed art work.
Decorative Skull Masks
is a whimsical 3D collage activity that includes learning about the art and life of artist Frida Kahlo. Includes directions with photos, artist biography and worksheet, and an art reflection worksheet to be used with observed art work.
Each lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- National Core Visual Arts Standards information
- list of materials needed (all common classroom materials)
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books or related art works to look at
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- related writing suggestions
- photographs of actual student work samples
- writing and other curricular extensions where applicable
• four art reflection worksheets
• two pages of tips, ideas, suggestions
• one artist biography with ‘draw and write’ worksheet
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:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Still Life Observation Drawing for Kids
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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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