Fall Family Traditions

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Economics, Family (Traditions), Seasons (Late Fall), Fall Crops

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth

Painting, Crafts, Drawing Forms (Outline, Surface Lines, Highlights), Creating Interest (Variety, Repetition)

Halloween is a very big industry in the United States. It is estimated that we Americans will spend 6.86 billion dollars on Halloween this year. Much of this money is spent on maintaining family traditions. In my family, we all dress in a theme for Halloween and create a family portrait. This portrait becomes the cover for our Christmas card. We’ve maintained this tradition for thirty years. Friends and family look forward to it each year. Ask your students about their fall family traditions. (Visiting a fall festival, pumpkin carving, parties, creating cool costumes, trick or treating)

Today I’m going to talk about an art family who loves Halloween. The Wyeths are an artistic family whose fame spans three generations. The first generation was N. C. Wyeth who was famous for illustrating classic novels, one being Treasure Island. His son Andrew became a fine artist and is famous for painting “Christina’s World” among many other landscapes depicting his farms in Pennsylvania and Maine. Jamie Wyeth, Andrew’s son, is famous for painting JFK portraits and farm animals. Read about the family’s Halloween traditions here:

Witches and Wyeths

In the fall, many families decorate their houses with pumpkins and/or carve jack-o-lanterns. Both Andrew and Jamie created pumpkin and jack-o-lantern paintings.

“Jack Be Nimble” by Andrew can be found here:


and “Mischief Night” here:


Some of Jamie’s pumpkin creations, including his pumpkin self-portrait, can be found here:


Find two pumpkin/ jack-o-lamtern lessons here:


So, if you’re studying family traditions or simply want to decorate your classroom for the season, I hope the above post will be useful. Please drop by again soon!


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