This was a really fun lesson, and my students LOVED it. As many of you know, most of my art lessons have to be completed from start to finish in one, one hour class. (This has to do with the way my job is set up.) However, I was very convincing, and talked my way into having two classes for this project. Even with two classes, I really had to keep the kids moving quickly in order to finish in time.First Day: To start this lesson I brought in a few pumpkins, and showed them how pumpkins can be multiple colors and have lots of texture. Then, we painted three pieces of paper. One for the apples, and the other two for the pumpkins. The paper was first painted one solid color, and then added textures after. The textures can be done by splattering, using combs, or simply brushing on paints. This was all we had time for on the first day. The idea for this part of the lesson was found on Deep Space Sparkle.
Second Day: The second day was extremely busy. To begin, we started with weaving the basket. It took about 20 minutes to weave the baskets. (By the way, some students found weaving extremely difficult. I had to spend a lot of time helping certain students). After the basket was weaved, I gave the students a half sheet of construction paper to use as the table cloth. I gave students about 5 minutes to decorate the table cloth with oil pastels. After this, we finally got to cut out our apples and pumpkins. Basically, we just turned our painted paper over and drew circles on the back. Pumpkins were big circles and apples were smaller ones. During the last three minutes of class, I had the students use paint to add stems, vines, and lines onto their pumpkins. It is important not to give students too much time with the paint or they will over do it.
These turned out absolutely AWESOME!!! Some of my students have claimed that this was their favorite art lesson ever!