Halloween Project Inspiration for All Grades

KINDERGARTEN

Fearsome monsters will be decorating your halls with this project! This is a wonderful lesson using student’s skills in drawing lines and shapes alongside their skills with painting and cutting.

http://elementsoftheartroom.blogspot.com/2018/09/kindergarten-line-paintings.html

Ever used a straw as a tool to create? You will now! Create a vibrant sunset and “paint” your tree by blowing the paint around with a straw.

https://buggyandbuddy.com/make-spooky-trees-for-halloween-using-blow-art/

Another take on monsters! Turn coffee filters into tie dyed creations with just markers and water. Go the extra mile and make monster pennant banner for your classroom or hallway!

https://kidscrafts.craftgossip.com/kids-craft-coffee-filter-monsters/

Create bats flying through a Halloween night with this sponge painting project!

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/bat-silhouette-halloween-art/

Use a white crayon or oil pastel to make your ghosts magically appear under watercolors!

https://www.projectswithkids.com/watercolor-resist-ghost-painting/

FIRST GRADE

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a Halloween must read! Read the book in class and allow students to explore their imagination in creating their own monster.

https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/where-wild-things-are-watercolor/

Using air dry clay and a stick students can make their own whimsical owl at night! Don’t have air dry clay? Work with your students to make your own with just 3 ingredients:

https://www.themakeupdummy.com/2017/11/08/homemade-clay-recipe-diy-unicorn-jewellery-holder/

http://youngschoolart.blogspot.com/2013/10/1st-grade-clay-owls.html

Using recycled toilet paper rolls, create your own Frakenstein’s monster!

http://artventurous.blogspot.com/2013/10/frankenstein-craft.html

Monsters Love School, didn’t you know? Read the book by Mike Austin and then walk your students through creating their own monster!

SECOND GRADE

What better way to set the Halloween tone than to create a dark and spooky house? Don’t forget to add a dash a watercolor and perhaps a ghost or two.

https://www.artteacherinla.com/spooky-house-halloween-art-lesson/

Learn about the pop artist and then mimic his style to create vivid and unique pumpkins!

https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/romero-britto-inspired-pumpkin/

Take inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh and paint or draw a swirly background to accompany your realistic pumpkin!

http://elementsoftheartroom.blogspot.com/2017/10/2nd-grade-starry-night-pumpkins.html

Cats have come to be a symbol of Halloween no thanks to their nighttime prowling and witch friends. After reading the book Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar, walk your students through how they can create their own cat at night!

https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/cat-at-night-art-project/#sthash.R343LCic.qjtu

Who? Who? Who is making that noise at night? Make your own owl in a tree and make it pop with some glitter glue.

https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2018/08/watercolor-halloween-night.html

THIRD GRADE

Spin this project to turn a normal city street into a haunted block in your hall! Students will get to design and paint their own haunted house.

https://www.harborcreativearts.com/blog/city

The Day of the Dead is right after Halloween, it is the perfect time to celebrate the Hispanic culture and learn about this fascinating holiday! This lesson comes with a Day of the Dead prezi showing various works of skeleton art.

http://paintbrushrocket.blogspot.com/2015/11/3rd-grade-day-of-dead-skelo-cats.html?m=1

What things would you find on an evening stroll on All Hollow’s Eve? Cats, pumpkins, and bats, oh my! Students can explore silhouettes and a vibrant sunset in this project.

http://www.artteacherinla.com/halloween-acrylic-paintings-spooky-silhouettes/

Cast your spell on these witchy creations! Add embellishments, perhaps a witch’s familiar (such as a cat or bat), and be colorful!

http://sunnysidearthouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/witches-legs.html

The blood moon is bright orange – but who is to say it couldn’t be tie dyed? Students will explore silhouettes in this coffee filter tie dyed project.

http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2014/10/got-coffee-filters-beautiful-super-easy.html

FOURTH GRADE

Make your own Picasso inspired costume with this Cubist paper bag mask tutorial. This simple lesson will introduce your students to Pablo Picasso’s works and uses nothing more than a paper bag and oil pastels.

https://artprojectsforkids.org/cubist-paper-bag-costume/

A spooky way to learn about value, tint, and shade! The lesson calls for tempera but acrylic would work well too.

http://elementsoftheartroom.blogspot.com/2017/10/4th-grade-spooky-sky-value-paintings.html

Beautiful Fall landscape collage that uses construction paper, glue, and a sharpie! Can be as spooky (or not) as you wish.

https://juliannakunstler.com/expl_fall_landscape.html

Great spooky STEAM project for your kiddos that can be completed with any art supplies you have on hand. (Colored pencils, paint, crayons, markers…it really doesn’t matter.)

https://www.artwithmrsnguyen.com/2012/10/tessellations-4th.html

Yayoi Kusama’s passion is dots, on everything and everywhere, including the unique canvas of pumpkins. Explore her and her art in creating your own version of dotted pumpkins! To read more about her pumpkin art, visit the link below.

https://icamiami.org/exhibition/yayoi-kusama/

https://www.artisbasic.com/2018/10/yayoi-kusama-dotted-pumpkins-for-kids.html

FIFTH GRADE

Create a Hundertwasser inspired Haunted House. Austrian artist and architect known for his imaginative expression with his use of bold colors, patterns, and organic shapes. This simple project uses oil pastels and watercolors.

https://www.fabercastell.com/blogs/creativity-for-life/halloween-art-lesson-draw-a-haunted-house

A fun three dimensional project that pairs origami with oil pastels!

http://elementsoftheartroom.blogspot.com/2018/02/5th-grade-origami-dragon-eyes.html

Who doesn’t love a good Zentangle? All they require is a piece of paper and a pen! This spooky version also calls for a compass and will allow for a discussion of radial symmetry.

https://artfulparent.com/easy-zentangle-for-kids-and-adults/

Where better for a ghost to haunt than in Victorian Architecture?! Get your student’s imaginations rolling with designing their own haunted house.

http://thecleverfeather.blogspot.com/2014/10/

One-point perspective turns into a haunted walk! Students will be able to color, shade, and highlight their landscape at night.

http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2013/01/one-point-perspective-spooky-landscapes.html

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Plaster Mask Lesson Plan. A detailed account of how to create plaster masks with your students just in time for Halloween! This lesson also gives you the opportunity to discuss how different cultures around the world make and use masks.

https://theartofeducation.edu/2018/10/12/how-to-create-creative-plaster-masks-in-5-simple-steps/

Create a classroom of ghostly figures with nothing more than packing tape and time!

http://artwithmrswithem.blogspot.com/2013/02/art-club-packing-tape-sculptures.html

A festive way to teach one point perspective! This lesson used a bleeding technique that makes simple water based markers look like watercolors.

http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-point-perspective-autumnal.html

Take inspiration from Van Gogh to create The Spooky Night instead. There are no instructions with this Instagram post but you could work with acrylic paint or even oil pastels to create a similar piece. Begin the lesson looking a Van Gogh’s masterpiece and then let your students create their own spooky version.

https://www.instagram.com/p/84MS9cxYcL/

No lesson plan here but take inspiration from the finished piece to create your owl collage owls with your students. As you can see, any paper will work.

https://indulgy.com/post/6ROntMlir3/owl-torn-paper-collage

HIGH SCHOOL

Teach close reading skills, parodies, and Post-Impressionism with Edvard Munch’s The Scream. A wonderfully detailed cross curricular look at the famous Post-Impressionist piece.

https://charlesmcquillen.com/edvard-munch-the-scream-english-language-arts-lesson-plan/

Not long ago, doctors were required to not only learn all the bones in the body but to be able to draw them as well. These mixed media (graphite and watercolor) skeleton pieces based on the work of Jose Guatelupe Posada are a great way to make a science lesson spooky or to learn about Los Dia de Los Muertos.

http://juliasanderl.com/2011/11/04/beautiful-bones/

Trick-or-treat your way into a realistic drawing! Students arrange their own still life to draw from – and try not to eat!

https://sotafoundations2.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/colored-pencil-candy-still-life-2/

With muted and a Halloween-esque color scheme, explore values and perspective while creating this work of art!

https://becreativemary.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/the-value-in-a-painting/amp/

Explore the Hispanic holiday of Day of the Dead and create a permanent sugar skull!

https://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/11/pinch-pots-sugar-skulls-and-archies.html?m=1

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