I agree about overkill on holidays. I side stepped Halloween by bringing
in a bunch of mini pumpkins and setting up a still life. We watched a
Scholastic video on Lois Ehlert, children's author/artist. She demos
collage. It's great for the kids to see an artist at work. Then we looked
at her books in our library. The lesson started with painting the COLOR of
pumpkins. Next week we cut out the SHAPES of pumpkins and they made a
still life collage. I can't remember a lesson that rec. more complements.
One kid's work was even selected to be hung in a state show in Lansing!
A first grade teacher and I then wrote a grant to make 3 raised bed pumpkin
gardens. Plants are part of the first grade curr. This spring the first
graders will plant the pumpkins and harvest in the fall as second graders
to make their collages.
So my point here is that we sort of did holiday art, but didn't.