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This Halloween art project is great for school kids or adults! The background resembles a sunset and it is very easily created.
Making the sunset gives you a chance to practice blending colors of paint. Then, using black paint, a scary scene is painted on the sunset. This is where students can really use their imagination. It gives them practice drawing the outlines of shapes and choosing what elements to add to the scene.
Here I show how to make a tree, haunted house, and a tombstone.
Try making bats, witches, cemeteries, fences, jack-o-lanterns, etc. to make your own spooky scene!
1. Making the
sunset background is actually very easy. My
four year old is shown here and she did quite well with a little help.
Begin with a nice large paintbrush,
like the type you would use to paint trim in your house. Load it up well with red paint, and
then paint a wide strip along the top of the paper as shown.
2. Right below the
red strip, paint a wide orange strip. You can slightly overlap the
3. Last, paint a wide yellow strip at the bottom. The paper should now all be covered.
4. Clean off the brush well with water, and leave the brush a little wet. Go back over and swipe the brush across where the two colors meet, to help them blend.
5. Allow this paper
to dry very well, preferably overnight.
6. Now it is time to use your imagination. Turn the paper upside down so the red area is at the bottom. Paint a black wavy line about one inch thick along edge of the paper, in the red section. This is the ground of the Halloween scene.
8. Continue to add branches to the two shown by branching smaller ones out from it, and then smaller ones from those. Use the photos as guides.
Need more ideas? Try making a bunch of jack-o-lanterns piled up, a black cat on a fence, a spooky cemetery scene, or a witch on a broom with bats flying around her. Have fun and use your imagination!