A Pumpkin Patch of Color

A Pumpkin Patch of Color

I just LOVE autumn with it's cooler temperatures, fresh air, and the color orange!  The round shapes of pumpkins and gourds make me pretty happy, too.  So of course, I have to bring some of that happiness into my classroom.  This week I gave my students a handout of pumpkin pages with various patterning .  I like them to have some inspiration.  

Students were then given a large sheet of drawing paper and some lessons from the front board on how to draw the outline of a pumpkin.  After a few practices on scrape paper, they began on their full sheet.  They were asked to create different patterns in each section, keep their colors bright and cheery, and they could use markers, crayons, and color pencils as they liked.  

When they finished coloring, students cut the pumpkin out to glue onto color construction paper of their own choice.  I didn't want to glue the pumpkins down completely flat, so after going around the edges on the back with glue stick, we tucked three crumpled facial tissues under the pumpkin as we laid it on the construction paper.  This gave it just a little depth and a sense of roundness. 

When all the students finished and projects were hung together with an autumn banner, they really made a lovely display and the students felt quite proud of themselves, as they should be!  Job well done!

Fruit of the Spirit Mosaics

Fruit of the Spirit Mosaics