Watercolor Pumpkin
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You pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting. The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone … Read More

Mixing Colors for a Fall Leaf
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There is no digital replacement for mixing colors for a fall leaf painting, and I was reminded again how much kids just love the unknown of stirring two colors together. I’ve come … Read More

Free Thanksgiving Mural
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In the spirit of giving this holiday week, I’d like to offer this free Thanksgiving Mural PDF template. The five-page file that you can download below has the four pages needed to … Read More

Turkey Coloring Page
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Need a follow up turkey coloring sheet for a Thanksgiving lesson? Or maybe just looking for a good adult coloring page for yourself? Here’s a turkey that I think offers more creative … Read More

Draw a Cartoon Turkey
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For something new, draw a cartoon turkey and then make up a funny story about him or her. This guy is pretty simple, and I’ve even tried it successfully with kinders. At … Read More

How to Paint a Pumpkin
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Here is a look at my how to paint a pumpkin instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Mayflower Ship Craft Project
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship craft project, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. It has a wonderful wooden-like look when turned inside … Read More

How to Draw a Pumpkin
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There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share with older students, namely third through fifth graders. They should be able … Read More

Fall Leaf Art
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You can make a pretty leaf art project with just some paper towels, glue and paint. Learning how to add texture to your art will open up all kinds of new possibilities. … Read More

Hand Print Turkey
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The idea of a hand print turkey has been around for awhile. Here’s a twist using a craft foam hand and acrylic paint to make a simple and easy mono print. MATERIALS … Read More

Zentangle Leaves
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Second grade students made these Zentangle leaves with lots of different Sharpie patterns. I challenged them to try to make all 10 patterns different. Those that did and drew with lots of … Read More

Turkey Matchbox Art
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Here’s a turkey matchbox art idea – made from pom poms and felt, and a box colored to look like a barn. This may be more craftsy than artsy, but I’m all … Read More

How to Draw a Turkey
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Looking for some turkey art inspiration? Here are some variations I’ve tried over the years. Marker, watercolor, tempera and poster markers – they all start with this PDF tutorial that I am … Read More

More Fall Festival Banners
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If you need some inexpensive fall festival art, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this. Just rolls of paper, thick black marker, and lots of crayons. Oh, and lots and lots of … Read More

Mayflower Map
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  This Mayflower Map would be a good follow up to a history lesson. It requires some fine motor skill tracing work, but still has room for artistic additions like landscaping and … Read More

Mosaic Art with Beans
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Students can make some beautiful mosaic art with beans, thanks to lots of varieties you can find at your local grocery store. The earliest examples of mosaics have been found at a … Read More

How to Make a Mayflower Ship
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. It has a wonderful wooden like look when turned inside out. … Read More

Leaf Painting
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I like using grids to organize art and fill a page at the same time. It eliminates the “tiny drawing on a large paper” syndrome. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper or multimedia paper … Read More

Turkey on a Stick
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My Turkey on a Stick project continues, and as I expected, my students came up with some amazing creations today. The new twist was that they started working with several shades of … Read More

Fall Leaf Art with Crayons and Watercolor
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For this fall leaf art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created … Read More

Step by Step Pumpkin Painting
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Here is a look at my step by step pumpkin painting instructions, if you’d like a peek at one of my classroom boards. I wanted students to see how easily they could … Read More

Pumpkin Art Made from Trash
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This pumpkin art truly turns trash into something beautiful. Use old bags for the soft inside, rubber bands to make the dents, and mache to make a smooth surface. MATERIALS • About … Read More

White on Black Turkey
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I’ve found a lot of great drawing ideas over at www.fotosearch.com. If you ever get stuck for new ideas, try searching their clip art. MATERIALS Black card stock paper Marvy Opaque Stix … Read More

Draw the Mayflower
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I showed my students how to draw the Mayflower last fall and was happy to see so many make beautifully detailed ships. Try drawing on kraft paper from the scrapbook dept. and … Read More

Draw and Paint a Turkey
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To paint a turkey with some lovely shades of brown, just have students use dissolved instant coffee grounds for their paint. • View and download PDF Turkey tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia paper … Read More

Pickup Truck Painting
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I wanted to do something different with my last watercolor class, but still keep it with the fall season, so I combined an old fashioned truck and pumpkins.   MATERIALS • Drawing … Read More

How to Draw a Turkey
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Here’s my popular “How to Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF … Read More

How To Draw A Turkey
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Here’s my popular “Draw A Turkey” tutorial in a format that is more computer friendly. If you prefer something you can print and pass out to students, try my PDF tutorial linked … Read More

Draw the Mayflower
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I showed my students how to draw the Mayflower last fall and was happy to see so many make beautifully detailed ships. Try drawing on kraft paper from the scrapbook dept. and … Read More

Watercolor Turkeys
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These lovely watercolor turkeys show how much fun it is to paint your own version. Volunteer art docent Tricia from Brentwood, CA had her 4th grade students first draw them on 12×18 white … Read More

Ceramic Clay Turkey
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I found this ceramic clay turkey project in my Arts & Activities magazine, and have used it successfully with second grade on up for many years. I prefer clay projects like this … Read More

Hand Print Turkey
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The idea of a hand print turkey has been around for awhile. Here’s a twist using a craft foam hand and acrylic paint to make a simple and easy mono print. MATERIALS … Read More

Pipe Cleaner Turkey Tutorial
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This pipe cleaner turkey would make a cute addition to any Thanksgiving table. I love how new multi-color pipe cleaners really look like feathers. MATERIALS  • Air dry clay  • Pipe cleaners … Read More

Black & White Turkey Drawing
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I’ve found a lot of great drawing ideas over at www.fotosearch.com. If you ever get stuck for new ideas, try searching their clip art. MATERIALS Black card stock paper Marvy Opaque Stix … Read More

Turkey Drawing with Markers
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I used my favorite method to draw a turkey for this project, but had students use Sharpie markers instead of paint. They also used coated (shiny) paper again, so filling in the … Read More

Batik Pumpkin Art
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This batik pumpkin art is meant to imitate the real thing, a resist-dyeing process that originated in Indonesia. Children can simulate the look of cracked wax and color by working with crayons … Read More

Draw and Paint a Turkey
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To paint a turkey with some lovely shades of brown, just have students use dissolved instant coffee grounds for their paint. • View and download PDF Turkey tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia paper … Read More

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