First graders were introduced to the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. They read the book, Camille and the Sunflowers, by Laurence Anholt, and viewed several of his paintings, including, Sunflowers and Starry Night. Students went on to hone their observation skills while drawing from still lifes of vases and fall flowers. They added color with watercolor crayons. Next, the class focused on the element of shape as we read, City Shapes, by our visiting illustrator, Bryan Collier. They created mixed media collages based on illustrations from his book which included geometric shapes. As Halloween approached, first graders were inspired by images of spooky, haunted houses before constructing one of their own. Using paper bags and assorted materials they demonstrated techniques to add the textures of various building materials and discovered some great uses for recycled objects. Finally, first graders demonstrated creative solutions working with recycled objects as they constructed vibrant, fanciful turkeys, as unique as the artists who created them.