New H@H Kids Edition Coming Soon! Autumn Art (Episode 27)

Create this new H@H project along with Alyssa starting Saturday, September 25 at 10:15 am!
Watch the video right here or on the Museum’s YouTube Channel.

Project Overview:

Join educator Alyssa Matthews and learn all about American artist Thomas Moran’s The Woods in Autumn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Get inspired by Moran’s colorful landscape and create your own unique work of art!


  • white paper
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • oil pastel or your choice of coloring materials (markers, colored pencils, crayons)

Key Concepts:

  • one point perspective
  • blending
  • vanishing point
  • horizon line
  • details


Celebrate the beginning of fall as we learn about Thomas Moran’s landscape painting The Woods in Autumn. When you look at Moran’s artwork, how can we tell what season it is? He uses warm colors like orange, red, and yellow to capture the feeling of fall.

Looking closer, what are some details that you notice? Along with the trees, we can see rocks lining a stream in this outdoor scene. The water source guides our eye towards the back of the painting and creates depth.

For our project today, we’ll be using Moran as our inspiration! We will be creating our own autumn art to capture our favorite things about the season. Using our coloring materials, we will learn blending techniques to make our outdoor scenes come alive!


Please share photos of your finished works of art with us on social media and check back soon for our next project! #HeckscheratHome #MuseumfromHome