Students get a 12x12 sheet of folded paper with 1" marks on it. Students cut on the marks, making slits in the paper. Students go to supply table and get 6 pre-cut colored strips of paper and glue onto the 12x12" sheet leaving every other section of background paper exposed. Students can use any pattern or arrangement of colors. If finished early students can work in their sketchbooks to free draw, or can continue on to start weaving.
I copied a grid onto drawing paper. Then the students traced a template of a fall object onto their paper. I had created apple, pear, gourd, pumpkin and acorn templates. Students then choose three line patterns that they could fill their small squares with. At this point DO NOT fill any part of a square that is inside of the fall object. Leave some squares white, and color some in solid. When the background is finished, begin doing the same inside the fall object. Make sure that you use a different pattern on the inside than the outside if the fall shape is splitting a square. Outline the shape a couple times with marker to make it stand out more.
Students learned about drawing things in perspective, to make the scene look more realistic. We divided our papers into thirds. The hills or mountains that were far away were drawn small in the back third, toward the top of the paper. The activity they were doing was drawn in the middle section, and drawn at a medium size. The trees were drawn in the front section and were drawn very big.
Students learned about aerial perspective. We first, very lightly, drew a couple of landlines and hills. Then using blue watercolor and a brush we painted trees. The trees are just made by painting a series of connected "Y's". The trees far away are going to be small, and are not going to have very much paint on them...they will be light blue. The trees in the middle will be a little bit bigger, and will also be a little bit darker than the trees behind them. The trees in the very front are LARGE and may even go off of the paper. These trees will be the colored the darkest of them all.