5 Autumn Art Lesson Ideas for Your Classroom with Flexible Mediums

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Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Autumn Art Ideas that you can simply and easily do in your classroom. I have a bunch of easy-to-do and prep ideas that can use choice art mediums and can allow the students to really immerse themselves in some autumn vibes. So grab your plaid jacket, toque, and scarf and let’s get into these Autumn Ready-Made, Simple and Engaging, Art Lesson Ideas for your Amazing art classroom. 

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Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Autumn Art Ideas that you can simply and easily do in your classroom. I have a bunch of easy-to-do and prep ideas that can use choice art mediums and can allow the students to really immerse themselves in some autumn vibes. So grab your plaid jacket, toque, and scarf and let’s get into these Autumn Ready-Made, Simple and Engaging, Art Lesson Ideas for your Amazing art classroom. 

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AUTUMN SENSORY WALK: 

Grab sketchbooks, clip boards, or drawing boards and a choice mark maker and head outdoors for this one! I suggest letting the students choose their mark makers, or you can instead direct them like “any medium but has to be a warm color” or “oil pastels only”. The choice is yours. Next, take the class on a short walk around the school yard and let them immerse themselves in the Autumn experience. Ask them to walk in silence but record all the sounds, feels, smells, and sees they have through drawings on their page.  

When you return to class they can practice writing a 1 sentence artist statement, or even write a Haiku about their Autumn art experience. Or you can have them turn the experience into an Autumn Art Composition of their choice if you’re interested in exploring more Student Choice Art Approaches. 

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AUTUMN LEAF OBSERVATIONAL DRAW: 

Once leaves have fallen you can bring in a box of fallen autumn leaves and have students select a leaf to draw from. This is an opportunity to bring out oil pastels, soft pastels, or even charcoal or watercolor paints. Have students place the leaves in front of themselves and have them draw it as they see it: an observational drawing. However, instead of using pencils or pencil crayons, have them complete their observational sketches of leaves with a different medium such as india ink if you’re in high school, or for other younger grades pull out the oil pastels, the soft pastels, the charcoal, or watercolor sets. Just let them explore the mediums, make a mark, and see what happens. Learning happens through experimenting and experiencing, not always direction. You never know what could happen so plant a seed and watch it grow. 

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PUMPKIN & GOURD ART: 

Instead of leaves you could bring in some pumpkins and gourds and set up still life arrangements either at the center of table groups OR push away all the desks to make a circle around the center and create a big still life arrangement in the room with a beautiful tablecloth and all. Just changing things up like this and surprising your students will engage them. Plus the pumpkins and gourds can stay as decorations in your room until end of October or November depending on what you’re cool with. Have your students focus on one area of the still life arrangement, not attempt to draw everything. BONUS if you can set up a light above the arrangement and turn off the rest of the classroom lights! Then you will really get some obvious highlights and shadows!

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WARM COLOR MOSAIC: 

You can let kids explore 2 art mediums and magazine clippings and colored paper and let them create a Warm Color Mosaic Artwork of something they see in autumn such as a tree with no leaves, a squirrel, mushroom, acorn, pumpkin, or leaf. Just have fun and encourage them to use as much paper clippings as possible to create the thing while using other mediums to add color boost, outlines, textures, or background details. 

AUTUMN WORD ART: 

Another idea could be that students write the word Autumn or Fall in box or bubble or graffiti letters in the center of the page and students can draw Autumn icons or illustrations around it to create some fun Autumn themed Artworks. 

NEW AUTUMN LESSONS TO ARTASTIC NATION! 

If you’re looking for pre-planned, ready-made art lessons or projects that include full video art tutorials, student handouts, lesson plans, rubrics, and assessment, I have added new Autumn Art Lessons to both my TeachersPayTeachers store and the Artastic Collective Membership. New this year is a Primary Mixed Media Leaf, a Black and White Pumpkin Zen Doodle Painting, and a Birch Forest artwork for Middle School that explores india ink and magazing clippings as the mediums for the lesson. I also have added an Autumn ARTivity book in case you are looking for flexible, easy to teach lessons that are embedded with the Elements of Art & Principles of design.  

Well that is it for this episode. I am Kathleen McGiveron, Ms Artastic, Signing off. 


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Okay so let’s dive on into 5 Autumn Art Ideas that you can simply and easily do in your classroom. I have a bunch of easy-to-do and prep ideas that can use choice art mediums and can allow the students to really immerse themselves in some autumn vibes. So grab your plaid jacket, toque, and scarf and let’s get into these Autumn Ready-Made, Simple and Engaging, Art Lesson Ideas for your Amazing art classroom. 

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