Thankful, a Thanksgiving Art Project for Kids to do in your Classroom

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Thanksgiving is a great time to create some Autumn themed work that reflects our thankfulness for things that we appreciate in our lives and the harvest that has been collected from the summer. This Thanksgiving, get out a piece of paper or your sketchbook and get ready to create some Thanksgiving art either in your home or in the classroom.


Let’s get started!

First, draw your cob of corn with a brown oil pastel on thick paper such as in a sketchbook or on construction or card stock paper. I like to use card stock in the classroom because it is cheaper than watercolor paper and I can buy it in bulk. Draw the cob in a long “U” shape with wavy lines for the kernels.

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Next, draw the corn leaves folding open on the cob. I draw two curving triangles on either side of the cob. Draw a square at the bottom to create the part of the stem that attached to the corn stock.

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Then, draw details of line texture on your corn cob leaves to add interest to your art piece using your brown oil pastel.

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After, draw a grid on the corn to create texture for kernels on your corn.

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In each of the kernels, draw a circle with a yellow pastel. Color in a circle until the brown blends in and the kernel turns round. Do this for each kernel in your corn cob.

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Color the tops of the leaves with green oil pastel. Draw brown swirls around your background with your brown oil pastel.

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Color the bottom half with a yellow or orange pastel. Use a black pastel to write the word “Thankful” across the bottom of your paper.

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Use watercolor paint or paint cakes to paint your background yellow.

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Add dabs of orange or red paint on top of the yellow paint and let the colors blend together to create an autumn colored background for a harvest.

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Your art piece is now done. Sign your name and frame it or hang it for Thanksgiving.

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Ms Artastic

I am currently a 4th and 5th grade teacher in BC who LOVES creating ceramic sculptures as an artist and art lessons for TpT.

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