Fall Leaves Art and Poem and a FREEBIE!

Here's a cute Art / Language Arts project for Fall that we did last week.
I need to apologize again for the terrible photos, please bear with me.
This is how we made the painting.
First we painted the background.  We used pucks of tempra paint.  I showed the children how to mix blue and black to make a stormy sky.
Next we painted black streaks on brown construction paper.  When the paint dried I gave the children a tracer to trace and cut out the tree shape.

Then we also painted with red, yellow and orange on watercolour paper.  When the paper was dry, we punched out the leaves with the Petal Punch from Stampin Up.  Any leaf punch will do.  The small maple leaves were a punch from the dollar bin at Michaels.  We also used some old scrapbook paper in fall colours that I had lying around.

Next we wrote the fall poems using a frame. (Scroll down for a free lesson prinable!!!)  The kids then typed them in the computer as best they could (with a little editing from me) and I printed them out.  I attached them to some purple construction paper and the kids cut them out using fancy scissors.

This was a very simple activity, but the kids got to experiment with colour mixing, watercolouring, composition, and paper collage.   Adding the language art component added the children's understanding of not only Language Arts and Fine Arts but also of Science.

Here's my latest FREEBIE over at Teacher's Pay Teachers.
We used this lesson to generate the poems and put a copy in their Songs and Poems books, then the typed version was added to this art project and hung up for display. This FREEBIE includes the blackline master, a coloured version if you want it for display purposes, a step-by-step guide to the lesson and a 'cheat sheet' to help explain the lesson form.
to download.


  1. I've used this poem from Scholastic's Poetry Frames (what a great resource) for years but you've just put a fresh new face on it! Love what you've done with it and the art is simple but fabulous! Thank you!

  2. thanks fuzznuts - I knew I'd seen it somewhere in the past. I'll have to look up that resource from Scholastic.