October 24, 2015

BOO! Easy Halloween Art that will WOW your kids!!!

It's almost Halloween!!!!  I am loving the beautiful fall colours here in Ontario.  Reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.  Here is a little art project I did with my Gr. 2's to get us into the Halloween spirit (pun 100% intended!).  I saw the idea on Pinterest here and just had to try it myself!!!  I'm not sure if this is how it was done originally, but I've given you the step-by-step of how I did it with my kids below.  Have fun!


- 12 x 18" cartridge paper (or other good white paper)
- white liquid tempera and blue tempera paint
- metal pie plate for each table group

- haunted house foam cutouts from Dollarama (1 per student)
- black sharpie marker

Method: Discuss value (lightness or darkness of a surface) with students.  It is one of the 7 elements of art.

- Squirt a large amount of white tempera paint into each group's dish.
- Have students paint a white full moon shape slightly away from the upper corner of the page.
- Add 1 or 2 drops of blue tempera to each dish. Have students mix it up so it is entirely blended, go around the white moon with the slightly tinted blue paint. Instruct students to overlap the moon slightly so the lines get blended.
- Add 1 or 2 more drops of paint. Students mix. Paint a larger circle around the first one. Encourage students to paint thick bands of colour. At this point, the colour bands should now be more of a "u" shape.
- Repeat process of adding drops of blue to the white paint until students have covered their page.
- Glue foam haunted house cutouts onto page (we used glue sticks).
- Colour in windows with white pencil crayon.
-Model how to draw trees beginning with a "Y" shape using sharpie.
-Remind students that odd numbers look better than even numbers in art (e.g., 1, 3, 5 or 7 trees rather than 2, 4, 6, or 8).

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