This was a fun after school enrichment class that I did after school. The kids ranged from 3rd-6th grade and they did such a great job! The best part was seeing how pleased they all were with their work, and I also got an opportunity to paint on canvas myself which is always a treat.
The kindies did a great job on these pumpkins! Our goal was to learn about form and color. We talked about how the curved lines help make the pumpkins appear to be more 3-dimensional. We also learned how to paint in layers, starting with a yellow, adding orange, and finally red to help create form as well. The kiddos learned how to make brown by mixing blue and orange together. Finally,they cut and glued their pumpkins to a patterned background paper that they chose.
This project really came together at the end. We were primarily studying the art element color, but also worked with value, contrast and space while creating these beautiful landscapes. The students also had to push beyond their typical painting skills and mix a variety of different colors for this project. We also discussed perspective and space and how the size of objects may appear to be different based on where they are in your painting (i.e. smaller in the background, larger in the foreground).