Autumn Tree Fall Art Project

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This floating chalk Autumn tree fall art project looks difficult to do, but is actually very simple! This craft uses a fun art technique with chalk pastels and water to create beautiful prints. It is an easy-prep activity to add into your rotation of fall crafts in the classroom!

*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

Looking for a fun fall craft to do with your kids? This Autumn Tree Fall Art Project looks tricky, but is actually super simple and fun!

Autumn Tree Fall Art Project

When preparing to do this project, be sure to take a few minutes to discuss the changing seasons. Students may already be noticing the colors of changing leaves or cooler temperatures that Autumn brings. Each floating chalk fall art project is unique! Students may want to experiment with this technique again and again.

Supplies Needed:

Chalk pastels, oil pastels, and cardstock make a beautiful fall art project.

Directions

To begin, fill the bottom of the large shallow dish with water about an inch high.

Next, invite students to use a plastic knife to scrape the edge of a chalk pastel over top of the water. The chalk will float on top!

Invite students to use a plastic knife to scrape the edge of a chalk pastel over a dish of water.

Repeat this process around the entire dish of water with several other colors.

For this particular project, fall colors like orange, yellow, red, and brown work best. However, students can feel free to use any colors of their choice.

Continue scraping chalk pastels around the entire dish of water with several other colors.

After the surface of the water is covered with chalk shavings, students can gently place a sheet of cardstock paper on top.

After the surface of the water is covered with chalk shavings, students can gently place a sheet of cardstock paper on top.

Immediately after placing the paper on top of the water, peel the paper back up to reveal the chalk image!

Immediately after placing the paper on top of the water, peel the paper back up to reveal the beautiful fall art project.!

Next, set the printed cardstock paper aside and allow the prints to dry completely.

Next, set the printed cardstock paper aside and allow the prints to dry completely.

Once the paper is completely dry, invite students to use oil pastels (or crayons) to add a tree trunk, branches, or other details to their Autumn tree art!

Optional – To prevent the chalk pastels from smudging, adults can apply a light layer of fixative or hair spray.

Once the paper is completely dry, invite students to use oil pastels (or crayons) to add a tree trunk and branches to their fall art project.

Don’t forget to display your unique and beautiful fall art project proudly in your home or classroom!

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  1. I will use this as a morning mindful centre. With a little table prompt table talk about the seasons and the simple directions I know my Grade 1s’ will love this activity. I can control 1 water tray much easier then 6, so I can be in 1 spot , while my other students continue on with their mindful bins around our classroom. My students and I know all about pastel chalk and have had many a laughs making creative messes in our classroom. The custodian does as well, so be forewarned, put down a sheet of plastic because once it gets on the floor it is incredibly difficult to get off, even with the heavy duty floor cleaning machines the custodians use. I will definitely be laying my art sheet.

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