Halloween is almost here! Are your students super excited? The last school I worked at, we couldn’t do any lessons that were holiday related like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Easter and Halloween for religious reasons. This wasn’t a big deal for me because I am not a fan of doing seasonal art unless there is some learning attached to it.
I subbed again at my son’s school and the art teacher knowing I am an art teacher also, kindly left the lessons for the day open so that I could do something with the kids if I wanted. Did I want to? Absolutely!!!
For this lesson I wanted to teach the kids a simple way to overlap objects. I remember my grade two students in Bahrain loved learning how to overlap and went a little crazy for a while overlapping everything! Why not overlap pumpkins, ghost and anything Halloweenish? The kids loved this lesson so give it a try if you have time this week.
For the next Halloween inspired art lesson, I thought it would be fun to make some haunted house silhouettes with the grade three class which involved planning the outline of a house using black construction paper. The students had to also cut out windows and doors. I asked that their house be any shape as long as it was on a hill and that there was an old spooky tree somewhere. Tombstones were optional.
The kids started by drawing a small hill because haunted houses always seem to be on a hill! 🙂 Next was the spooky tree and the outline of the house. Some kids filled the inside area of the house with bricks and details forgetting that this is not important because an silhouette is the outline of a solid object cast by it’s own shadow.
After cutting the haunted houses, the kids chose a background from yellow, orange or purple construction paper and glued their haunted house silhouettes. With the black paper that is left over some students added flying bats, witches, and goblins.
Happy Halloween lovely readers and if you know someone that might find this post useful before Halloween is over, pass it on!
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