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Thanksgiving with Grandma Moses    Reading the Art, Creating a Tableau, a Dance, and a Still life

Catching the Turkey

What do you see?

What do you think?

What do you wonder?


Discuss sensory attributes

If you stepped into this painting what would you see, hear, smell, feel? What makes you say that?

If you could be a character in  the painting which one would you be and why?  What character would you not want to be and why?

What do you think will happen next?

Let’s recreate the painting by placing ourselves like the characters for a frozen moment.

Simple Gifts Autumn Still Lifes

American Classic! 



By Barbara Moseley

 When we think about Thanksgiving we visualize a bountiful feast, family, pumpkins, and eclectic fall colors found in nature.The still lifes on the tables represent this autumn splendor.

Barbar Moseley  shared a Thanksgiving song  "Simple Gifts".  This is a traditional folk song written by Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848.  This song depicts the Shakers pious life style with grace and, of course, simplicity.  The lyrics are:


'Tis the gift to be simple,
'Tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

This is easy to learn, and put motions too. I play this and let the childrenchoreograph their own dance.  

I desire to keep a remembrance of Thanksgiving all year,so I store scissors and rulers in cornucopias that hang on the wall,

To Paint a Still Life

I place red and yellow paint in muffin tins, and let the kinders mix them to make different oranges. I also add in a bit of white, and tiny bit of black. I skip the water all together and have them wipe their brush with a paper towel. Some kinders just want to mix and mix....That is OK!  We talk about the shapes of the fall bounty and their placement in relationship to eachother. Kinders paint with large brushes to create their beautiful still lifes.

Creating:  Create art that represents natural and constructed environments.

Articulating: Express reasons for creating holiday art

Finding Connections: What colors do we find in autumn

Engaging with the Arts: Explain the process of making art while creating.

Identify the purpose of an art work. Interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details.



a With guidance, explore and experience music concepts (such as beat and melodic contour ).

b With guidance, generate musical ideas (such as movements or motives). 

Role and Development of the Visual Arts
  • 3.1 Describe functional and nonutilitarian art seen in daily life; that is, works of art that are used versus those that are only viewed.
  • 3.2 Identify and describe works of art that show people doing things together.
Diversity of the Visual Arts
  • 3.3 Look at and discuss works of art from a variety of times and places.
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Mrs. Schellenberg & Young Artists

Ralph Waldo Emerson's  Poem:             Success-     to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know  even one life breathed easier because of you.

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We used the wiring for our artful galimotos

Duncan Ceramics, Thank you! With your help and friends of the Fresno Art Museum 's  support, every child created a tie-dyed T Shirt. You made our world brighter!

Fresno County Office of Education, we thank You for the opportunity to create with clay!

Thank you Mr. Bullwinkle and Fresno County Office of Education for awarding us with a grant to purchase a kiln and clay supplies. We are so happy and grateful!

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