When I think of traditional fall art projects I think of handprint trees, pumpkins on a fence, and a limited palette of warm “fall” colors. The fall crafts below aren’t traditional in that sense but they do celebrate the best the season has to offer!
Draw a zentangle pumpkin….
This Zentangle pumpkin project is such a fun drawing project. It requires only markers and is a great way to focus on the concepts of line, patten, and balance.
Spiderwebs don’t have to be black and white. These spider webs take on the whole rainbow with a plastic page divider and a hand full of Sharpie markers.
Three dimensional pumpkin craft…
These three dimensional pumpkins come together easily with a free template sized just for a paper plate! These are so cute on a table or a mantle for the holidays!
Turkey drawing with free video art lesson…
Are you ever too old to draw a hand turkey? I don’t think so! This simple drawing lesson requires only crayon and covers so many meaty art concepts.
Plus- there is a full video lesson embedded right in the post!
Easy leaf rubbings…
These fall leaf rubbings are so simple but so pretty. Try them- your kids will want to make them over and over!
Rainbow colored leaves….
These pretty rainbow leaves start with natural pressed leaves and we’ll add color and pattern with oil pastels.
This a great open ended art invitation for the fall season!
Leaf mandala prints…
A mandala is a circular design that radiates out from the center. These tiny leaf prints done with old fashioned dry watercolor paint lend themselves perfectly to creating a larger design. Whether you choose a radial mandala shape or print every which way these watercolor leaf prints are a hit.
Magic marker leaf prints….
Did you know you can make awesome prints from the ink of plain old washable markers? It’s so easy and the prints turn out amazingly detailed. This is one of those fall crafts that’s great for the days when you don’t feel up to dragging out the paint. All you need are washable markers and leaves!
Check out how we use this same easy printmaking process on Styrofoam plates here!
Learn to draw a spiderweb….
Something about spiderwebs feels like fall! Follow along and learn a few super simple tips to draw your own spiderweb!
Leaf mandala drawing….
Leaves are such a popular motif for fall projects but this leaf drawing comes with a whole new twist. Within the leaf silhouette is a mandala drawing with a focus on pattern and balance. Additional printable resources and a downloadable video lesson are available for this one!
Remember leaf rubbings…
To get the effect below we switched out the colorful crayons of my childhood for a plain white crayon and covered it all in a watercolor wash. This is such a quick and easy activity with such “wow” results. Your kids will want to do this fall craft over and over again!
Botanical leaf prints….
All you need for these beautiful leaf prints are watercolors (either dry cake or liquid watercolors) and leaves. While smaller, simpler leaves were not the best for the above projects you can use anything for this one. Bring on the frilly fern fronds and fancy leaves for this fall art project!
DIY air dry clay leaf bowl….
This easy DIY air dry clay recipe whips up in minutes from household supplies. Grab some leaves, big or little and help little hands make these sweet leaf bowls. This fall craft is a favorite of mine because it’s such a great sensory introduction to three dimensional art and the finished product is so much fun for the kids! They will be so proud of their special bowl!
And if you’ve got clay left over these texture pendants only take a smidge of the same air dry clay and make great gifts!
Notan leaf art…
Like most of these fall art projects this notan paper cut paper leaf project isn’t specific to just fall although it is the perfect showcase for bright fall leaf shapes! Although this fall art project could work with any simple shape I love leaves for this one because their shapes provide the perfect happy medium between interesting and simple!
This project also hits on other art concepts such as positive and negative shapes and complementary color pairs. Notan is a traditional Japanese art form so this would also be a great place to include some cultural information.
Fall drawing exercises….
This quick introduction to contour drawing is an exercise that lends itself so well to the natural items so abundantly available in fall. These quick, less than five minute, drawing exercises require single items that aren’t too intricate so they allow kids to really focus on the shapes in front of them. Think of single flowers, leaves, and even plain branches.
Gather up some random fall beauty and try this exercise alongside your kiddos. I guarantee giggles (and learning) will result!
Printable fall sketchbook prompts…..
These six free printable sketchbook prompts and coloring pages are free for you, my subscribers! They are perfect for loosening up and getting used to making marks, cooling down at the end of class, or even fill ins for early finishers! I like to have these handy with markers, crayons and pencils available. It’s so fun to see how many different takes on the same beginning kids can come up with!
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How about some fall drawings…
Once you’re a KTC subscriber you get access to all the adorable printables in my Free Resource Library. That includes these super sweet fall themed step by step drawing prompts.