Together my third grade students and I investigated root vegetables, their parts, how they grow, and all the colors they can be.
The students watercolor painted the dirt and the sky as they created a horizon line. (Some students included little tunnels and such for insects.)
On separate papers they drew various root vegetables, taking special note of the shapes of the leaves and swerve of the roots. They colored them with colored pencil and outlined them with black pen. (I was initially inspired by tradition botanical drawing.)
They glued the vegetables on to their gardens- and as a special bonus we put a bit of glue along the bottom and brought our papers outside to add a little real dirt for texture and effect.
They came out beautiful!