Tired of pumpkins? Have students create a variety of interesting Halloween art work for your classroom! Several important art strategies and techniques are incorporated into this comprehensive art lesson.
Students learn how to make and use a simple viewfinder to help them observe like artists, focusing on details in the environment and in artwork. They make preliminary drawings, choose one for a larger format, and make and use a cropping window to create interesting “close-up” compositions. Sponge painting adds texture, and students crop and mount their own art work.
Drawing on Halloween is bundled with two other lessons in Three Spooktacular Art Lessons for Halloween
This lesson resource includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- list of materials needed
- suggestions for related read-aloud books
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson, including modeling the drawing
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for varying and extending the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
• directions for making and using a viewfinder and cropping mat
• two art reflection worksheets: one for looking at art, one for student self-assessment
Teachers may want to add photographs or illustrations of pumpkins and other Halloween symbols to the introduction and for student reference.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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.
More holiday-themed art lessons:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Art With Snowmen-Two Literature-Connected Torn Paper Collage Lessons
Art Lessons With Hearts
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
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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