I just finished up a great workshop with my K-2 students this week! We created these awesome pumpkin patch collage canvases. This was a great project for teaching tints and shades of colors and texture.
What we used:
white paper pumpkin cutouts
yellow paper rectangle (for hay bail)
tan and brown raffia
various shades of green, orange,blue and brown acrylic paint
fall leaf paper punch
How we used it:
Step 1:To begin, we began painting our entire canvas blue. While the canvases were drying, we made our hay bails. For this, we started with a yellow paper rectangle and began gluing strips of raffia onto it in a criss cross pattern, making sure to let some of the raffia hang off of the edges! (I found that the easiest strategy for this, was to cover the rectangle with LOTS of glue and then layer raffia on top.)
Step 2: Next we moved on to our pumpkins. We used pre-cut pumpkins shapes to save time. Using a variety of tints and shades of orange and yellow, we painted each pumpkin with quick brushstrokes. Students also used forks and cups to scratch and stamp texture into their pumpkins.
Step 3: While our pumpkins were drying, we painted our grassy hill using different shades of green. We also painted some leaves, vines, and a brown fence into the background.
Step 4: After our hay bails and pumpkins were semi-dry, we arranged them on our canvas and glued them down. As a finishing touch, we painted vines and stems onto our pumpkins. We also used a leaf punch tool, to cut leaves out of patterned paper. We glued these all around our collage.
I still can't believe we got all of this done in just an hour and a half! As a bonus to the workshop, I personalized all of the canvases and added a ribbon for hanging.