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Fall Still Life Paintings with Kids

My third, fourth and fifth grade students just finished up these gorgeous fall still life paintings.

Over the years I have built up a collection of fall decorations, artificial leaves, pumpkins and gourds.  I also brought in some real pumpkins and gourds as well.  If you want to do some seasonal art and still have solid art standards covered, observational drawing is always a good go-to lesson.

For this project, we talked a little about arrangement and composition, which usually does not come naturally to kids!  I showed them how to arrange objects of different sizes and heights, use overlap and explained to fill the page.  I think a checklist for good composition might be useful next time.

After drawing in pencil, the kids used watercolor Pencils and/or watercolor paints to paint their pictures.

I love the bright colors and creativity in these still lifes!

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

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