Pumpkin Harvest Collage

Harvest-Pumpkins

I don’t always see my Kinders in the first art rotation of the year but when I do, we always make some type of pumpkin project. I love this Funny Face Pumpkin for the sheer cutest factor but one of my favorites is the Starlight Pumpkin we did a couple of years ago. This year, I adapted one of my favorite first grade lessons, Autumn Collage, to meet the skill set of my Kinders. This … Read More →

9 Pumpkin Art Projects

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Pumpkin patch season is just around the corner so it’s not to soon to start planning your annual pumpkin art project. I rarely tackle halloween projects for various reasons, but pumpkins I love. These colorful gourds are accessible to just about anybody and offer bountiful opportunities to teach drawing skills, value, line and shape. How can any art teacher pass that up? Here are a few of my own favorite lessons that I do just … Read More →

Funny Face Pumpkin Project for Kinders

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Although Jack O’Lanterns have a strong association with Halloween, it is the one “holiday” based activity that I do. Here are two lesson tutorials that I’ve created last year:  Painted Pumpkin and Value Pumpkin lesson. There’s a lot of art happening in this project: color mixing, observation drawing, painting techniques and a little creative expression. Transitional Kinders I have a Kinder group that includes a number of transitional Kinders- children who haven’t … Read More →

Leaf Paintings

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Looking for a quick Fall art project? Inspired by the amazing Laura at Painted Paper and her O’Keeffe Inspired Leaves, my Kinder classes looked at leaf shapes and discussed the common features in the leaves. We looked at the stems and the veins plus the various shapes the leaves created. In Santa Barbara, few leaves are turning yet so I didn’t have any great samples, but I brought in a … Read More →

October Art Projects & DSS News

Happy pumpkins art project

After bouncing around some ideas with an awesome PTA mom (Yes, that’s you, Kimm!), Deep Space Sparkle will be unveiling a new art curriculum for school art docents, home-school parents and PTA programs. Next Spring, the site will offer grade-level art enrichment units that will feature videos & powerpoint presentations for the kids (not the teacher), handouts and lesson tutorials all based on projects my amazing group of students have … Read More →