Thanksgiving Time!  The artwork below came to be because of a lesson plan error.  You see, I got a little mixed up with my classes.  The third grade arrived and we realized that I had put out the wrong assignment.  So what did we do?  We improvised with some cool colors.  Oh Boy….Oh Boy…I sometimes goof, but my kids just roll with my mistakes.  

Directions:

The kids painted with cool colors in the background.
The kids drew and painted a pumpkin.
Then, they painted the pumpkin with warm colors.
We got the hairdryer out to get the pumpkins dry.
Once we got the pumpkins dry, they cut them out and glued them to the background paper.

Have a look!
Kids are so awesome.  They have a clean slate.  The kids I teach have 6-14 years of life experience.  They say what they think.  They easily adapt.  They are not scared to take a risk.  I love kids because they are so true.

“True”  by Spandau Ballet in 1986
Just Be True
JBT

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Need an art activity that relates to Fall?  How about the warm colored pumpkins on cool background squares that you see below?  The third graders did a great job on this 3 week project.

Directions:
I had the kids divide their sheet by folding into 4 sections.
I gave them blue, purple, and green paint.  I told them to add white and make tints.
I told them to paint each square with the tints.
In the following art class, they drew and painted a pumpkin. 
When painting the pumpkin, I encouraged them to use several tints of orange.
Once our painting was complete, we outlined the pumpkins with sharpies and glued them on our cool color painting.
Have a look!
I like this pumpkin project.  It does not just jump out at you with “Happy Halloween”or “Happy Thanksgiving”.  This is a Pumpkin “Pop Art” Project that includes lots of art basics, but I chose to focus on tints. 

Is a pumpkin a vegetable or a fruit?  My googling results seem to point towards fruit.  What kind of fruit?  Sit down, folks.  A Pumpkin is a BERRY!
Speaking of Berries, here is Chuck Berry jamming with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.  Pretty cool jam session…

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Second Graders learned a little about James Rizzi, landscapes, and perspective in this project.  

Directions:
Introduce James Rizzi to the kids 
(Previous James Rizzi Posts)

Get kids to draw a hilly landscape.

Discuss that things in the distance are smaller and things in the foreground will be bigger.
Kids draw pumpkins sprinkled on the hills using this concept.
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Kids draw a James Rizzi moon and bird.

Next week, the kids painted their projects.

I think the kids were exposed to several important aspects of art.  I hope you will try this project with your kids soon.  
Here is a song about the Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
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