Autumn Collage

Autumn Collage Art Project


My wee first graders splattered their way to a beautiful autumn collage. The process was fun (painting paper) and skill building (drawing, cutting and pasting). If you have pumpkins and squash available (fake or real), bring ’em out! The visuals really help the kids.


– Lots of white drawing paper

– Gold Tempera Paint or Gold crayons

– Autumn colored tempera paints (red, orange, yellow, greens and brown)

– Texture making tools (brushes, plastic forks, plastic cups, etc.)

– 12″ x 18″ black paper for background

– Scissors and glue sticks

– Pencils or crayons


The first step involves painting the paper. I pre-selected the paint colors and set 3-4 tubs of fall colors on each table.

When mixing the paints, keep in mind what colors you will need for the final product. Think pumpkin, squash, stems and fall leaves. Using a variety of texturing techniques, the kids created their paper.

Here’s a tip: Ask the kids to lay down one color first, then they can add the coordinating colors for textures, etc.


After the paper dries, demonstrate how to draw a pumpkin, stem and other types of squash. I don’t use templates for this project because it just doesn’t matter. Anything round, orange and has a stem will look like a pumpkin.

After the kids glue one or two pumpkins to a piece of black paper, they cut out leaves. I set out maple, oak and other leaf templates, but many kids drew their own. Whatever is easiest.

The kids really practiced a lot of cutting with this project! For a final flourish, I set out small containers of gold tempera paint and the kids added swirly vines and grooves on their pumpkins. So pretty!

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  • Marta

    I like your blog and this work so beautiful of the children. We ask you for permission for adding yourselves to the blog of art of our school (Barcelona): plasticalavinia.blogspot.com

    Many happiness!

  • PigsDoFLy

    Those came out great!

  • Pink & Green Mama

    OMGosh!! I LOVE this project and will be printing it out to put in my art lesson files….just in case I ever teach again. My girls would have a blast making these!

  • Pink & Green Mama

    OMGosh!! I LOVE this project and will be printing it out to put in my art lesson files….just in case I ever teach again. My girls would have a blast making these!

  • Denise

    Beautiful and fun!

  • sara's art house

    I LOVE this!!!! Beautiful fall collage!

  • Katie

    Oh wow I love how they came out and the beautiful textures! what a fun project, I am glad you linked up. We feature a lot of art projects at ABC & 123, but are always looking for more on the theory behind the lessons. I'm going to have to come back when I have time to browse around more!

    Katie, one of the Katies from ABC & 123

  • Becca :)

    I was looking for a wonderful Fall project for 3rd grade and this would be awesome for them to try as well!!

  • Michelle Kearney

    I love this lesson! I think I will try this one with my students. Thank you for a blog full of wonderful ideas.

    • Danice

      after teaching art for 22 years, I admit I’m a bit weary.
      Your website has become my teacher’s aide!
      I’m hooked .
      Love the real examples.
      Thank you Thanak

  • Casey at The Wonder Years

    How fun. We are going to have to do this soon at home!

  • bchmomx3

    I love this craft. I think that I might do it for my homeschool group.

  • carlylennox

    These are fantastic, this project is definitely one of my favourites! Thank you!

  • StandingEasel

    These are so beautiful. I love it when you post the work of all your students on your blog too. 🙂

  • krisz

    This is an awesome project!I made this with my daughter she is grade one we enjoyed so much.We also made a fall fairy with the same technic.You can see on our blog.Thank you for sharing!

  • Krissy @ B.Inspired, Mama!

    Love your blog and this lesson. I am a former art teacher (now full-time mama), and seeing such wonderful kids art makes me miss teaching! Keep up the great work. (I know you probably don't hear that enough!)

    I hope you don't mind if I feature this lesson on my blog tomorrow.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Elizabeth

    Link this one to your seasonal ideas! It’s a great one…

  • Lynna Kirkpatrick

    My first graders have been working on this lesson this month and the results are wonderful! I’ve been impressed with how much fun they have creating the Eric Carle-style paper. It looks fabulous!! And investing in some metallic paints has made this project!!

  • Denise Pannell

    I just blogged about my classes’ version of this project. Hope you approve!

    • Patty

      Hi Denise,
      The project looks great! It’s always rewarding seeing how other art teachers and students translate my art lessons. Thanks for the shout out!

  • Janis

    I can’t wait to do Fall art projects!

    • Patty

      Me, too! Although I was just told that I wouldn’t begin teaching until Sept 13th. Aggghhh! I can’t wait that long!!!

  • Desiree

    My 10 and 5 year old sons just competed this project. They had so much fun. The collages turned out beautiful. I really appreciate that your projects can be tailored to both older and younger kids. We have several more projects planned this month. Thank you for your dedication to such a wonderful and resourceful website!

  • Art Mama

    Just did this lesson with my second graders today. They LOVED it!!! Great results too! One thing I did different is that I didn’t have any gold paint so we drew the lines and tendrils with white oil pastels! The harvest scene really POPPED! Thank you so much for all of your great ideas! You are helping children in far reaching ways by openly posting your lessons. 🙂

  • annie

    This is a great idea. I love the use of gold paint and the final swirls at the end. Thanks for sharing!

  • cmuschamp@wpga.ca

    Looking forward to doing this project:)

  • Lisa

    This project is awesome. I teach special ed and this is a project that can work for students at many different levels of ability. I am excited to try it this fall.

    Thank you!

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