This is an autumn inspired project I created based on a decorative throw pillow I saw at a furniture store. I often find inspo for projects while out shopping!
I started off by showing some images of these fly agaric mushrooms- they are the ones typically used in fairy tales. They are whimsical and cute but very toxic! We discussed the parts of a mushroom and their role in nature.
I taught this to mixed Grades 4-6 classes.
Students started by doing practice drawings of mushrooms.
Then, on wide brown paper, they sketched out their mushrooms.
I encouraged a variety of sizes as well as some overlapping, for realism.
In between the mushrooms, students added different types of fall foliage or berries.
Once everything was drawn out, students painted the stems using one pale colour of tempera paint.
Then, mixing a variety of warm, autumnal colours, students painted the mushroom caps.
Let these dry.
Once dry, students outlined their filler details using paint pens.
They outlined the gills on the underside of the caps using a dark coloured pencil.
Then they used a charcoal pencil to outline the mushrooms,
smudging the lines with their fingers for a soft, shaded effect.
For a final step, they added dots to their mushroom caps using white tempera.
Autumn is my favourite season and I also love seasonal themed art so I love how these turned out!