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MORE AUTUMN ART PROJECTS

On one of his recent daily walks, Mr. R. brought me back a present ~ a beautifully formed acorn! I asked him where he found it and off I went to investigate the tree, the leaves, more acorns, etc. My exploration resulted in the October Acorn Count (CLICK HERE), two acorn art projects, and two acorn quizzes.

Here are the art projects and the quizzes. Enjoy!

AMAZING ACORNS ART PROJECT!

I created line drawings of white oak leaves and an acorn. Using these templates (see below) as a framework, students can create a unique autumn work of art!

Templates:

  1. Print a copy of the acorn onto a medium brown card stock paper.
  2. Print out several copies of the oak leaves onto a darker brown card stock paper.
  3. Mix up a wash (paint and water or ink and water) and give the entire acorn a nice brown wash. Do the same for the leaves and cut them out.
  4. When the paint is dry, use acorns that you have collected and glue them to the acorn top. If their little tops have fallen off you can glue them back on.
  5. Hot glue or glue the leaves around the acorn.
  6. For a nice display, mount the work onto a larger piece of mat board or foam core.
  7. Voila!
In this example, I also splatter painted the leaves to give them a textured look. I loved how the leaves curled due to the application of the wash ~ they look like real autumn oak leaves! Note on picking acorns: pick them and let them dry in a single layer outdoors (like on your porch) or in the garage before bringing them inside to insure you are not brining in any unwanted creatures! Storing them in a single layer until you use them is also a good idea ~ do not put them in plastic bags as they will quickly mildew!

Here is Oliviana working on her art piece. She chose to make a giant acorn on brown craft paper (we put it up on the enlarger and she traced it onto a piece of 24 x 24 brown craft paper). We added the step then of outlining the acorn with a black sharpie. I really like this because the brown craft paper wrinkled a little with the application of the wash and when it dried it now has a neat texture. It is not finished yet ~ we will send you a photo next month of the completed works!

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ACORN "SAME BUT NOT THE SAME" ART PROJECT

The "Same But Not The Same" art activity goes like this:
  1. Provide each student with at least twelve of some object ~ it can be anything, straws, rocks, marbles, crayons, twigs, etc.
  2. Provide a variety of other craft items or items from nature ~ again, these can be anything ~ pipe cleaners, raffia, crepe paper, pressed leaves, etc.
  3. Each student is to create an art piece using the items in step #1 plus his or her choice of the items you provide or that he or she wishes to add from home
  4. The items that you provide can be changed (cut, reassembled, etc.) but all of those items must be used
  5. More of the same item can be used if you have them available.
  6. You might add more criteria for older students.
Our Greenleaf Way Studio "Same But Not The Same" project for autumn uses the acorn and goes like this:
  1. Choose 20 acorns from the pile (they can have their tops on or not)
  2. You must use all 20 acorns
  3. You can change them in any way you like, you just must use them all
  4. You can use more than 20 acorns if you like
  5. You can take some tops if you like as well
  6. Your work of art must include objects that have three different values of brown
  7. Your work must contain at least one additional object (beside the acorn) from nature (i.e., rocks, twigs, leaves, etc.)
  8. Be creative and have fun!
All entries will be on display in the studio and we will multi-vote for our favorite. Winner gets a prize!

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ACORN QUIZZES

I like quizzes because kids do too and I create them to reinforce the correct answers. As always, the winners get a small prize!


CLICK HERE FOR ACORN QUIZ 1


CLICK HERE FOR ACORN QUIZ 2

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