Monday, November 3, 2014

Did Someone Say Fall? The Fall Art Edition

Halloween is over...all the tricks and treats have been upon us AND even though I'm not even mad that every store now has their Christmas stuff up (I may or may not be a winter-loving, Christmas-ite) it still is fall.  As I am finally getting around to sharing some of the projects that were started in September, I hope you're excited too see them.

I'm not really a save the best for last type of girl so let's start off with my favorite fall themed project of the season.

I bring you these beautifully done painting by 3rd graders.  This lesson was super simple, we covered some terminology looking at composition and value.

Day 1: draw pumpkins, paint pumpkins, paint background.
Day 2: oil pastels on pumpkin........AND the dreaded
glitter sky that just needed to be done.

(Oh, you say I still have glitter all over my body from weeks ago? Let me tell you it was worth it.)

Without further adieu:

I'm going to keep the rest of this simple and let the artwork (almost) speak for itself.

Here we have 4th grade patterned pumpkin beauties in their zentangle pumpkin patch.

The 2nd grade pumpkin patch has creatures and some fantastical complement colors:

With all these pumpkin patches the 1st graders came in to save the day and brought us some scarecrows.  Notice some of the silly faces brought by inspiration from The Little Scarecrow Boy

The 1st graders also wanted the scarecrows to have something nice to look at during the nighttime hours.


  1. Your fourth grade zentangle pumpkins are amazing.... I am doing a project with zentangles in the sixth grade and am struggling to get them to draw more complex designs. We watched a video, I showed examples and I printed out some printable, but still am having trouble explaining the process. Any suggestions?

    1. I have a zentangle pattern packet, I really don't even need to explain anything to students and they'll just go--it works wonders. They'll start combining them and making their own from the examples they see. I have a copy of the packet here let me know if you are not able to access it!

    2. These are so good! Thank you so much, I will definitely be using the packet!!

  2. LOVE the glitter sky pumpkins! You added oil pastel AFTER painting?
    Also, did you give any instructions for the sky painting? the white/black part?

    1. Yes, oil pastels over the painted pumpkins. It adds a nice dimension to them. These were drawn and black paper. After the pumpkins were done students used silver paint to fill in the skies. I simply instructed them to paint around the pumpkins. Then they had the option to add a little sparkle if they chose!

  3. Hello,
    Im not able to access zentangle pattern packet. Can you send to

  4. What kind of paint did you use under the oil pastel pumpkins?

  5. Could you also send me the zen pattern packet? I would so appreciate it if you could send to

  6. Could you also send me the zen pattern packet? I would so appreciate it if you could send to