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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autumn Abstract Reflections by First Grade

So, in all honesty, these beautiful paintings were not the paintings I had envisioned in my mind when I developed this lesson. I have done this lesson in the past, but did a very specific, step-by step lesson. The outcomes from past years looked like this:

 This year, one of my overall personal goals as an art teacher is to let the students have more freedom when creating their artwork. I have been using picture books, stories, poems, and famous artworks to inspired my students. I am still guiding them through a process, but at the same time giving them much more creative freedom. I want this year to be more about personal expression and unique style for my students. I want them to see a real sense of self in their artwork.

Well, this year I gave them step-by-step directions again, but with a lot more freedom. I said things like, "Use red paint to paint some treetop shapes on the top half of your paper". We continued like this while periodically folding the paper to give it a reflection effect. I love how they all came out unique with bright bold color!

Here is a peek at some from this year's looser lesson...

I love the abstract quality they have to them. They first graders should be very proud of their work.


  1. They may not be what you intended at first, but they are beautiful!

  2. Thanks! I love them! They look so nice hanging outside their classroom!

  3. I want to do an art project with a class that consists of 3-5 grade kids and this would be perfect. I'm not a teacher, just a mom who wants to help. Did you use watercolors? Could you recommend a story/book to go along with this lesson? Thanks for your help!

  4. I'm glad you like these. I actually used tempra paint. Any fall picture book will do. You could bring a little science connection into it and read"Why Do Leaves Change color?" Have fun!