There is no digital replacement for mixing colors for a fall leaf painting, and I was reminded again how much kids just love the unknown of stirring two colors together. I’ve come to believe that the more open ended mixing projects you can find, the better. This one was about using three pigments to make varying shades of warm colors. Students could combine yellow, red, and white in any proportions they wanted. The results were all widely very different, but all very beautiful. This sample art was make by a very talented kinder named Sienna C.
• Multimedia paper
• Tempera paint: yellow, red, white and blue
• Cheap paper plates
• Small paper cups
• Black oil pastel
• Paper towel (optional)
1. Students were directed in drawing a very large outline of a leaf. You could describe it as a large upside down heart with a line going through it.
2. About 3 or 4 vein lines were added in each side.
3. Students were given 2 paper plates, one with a squirt of yellow, red and white paint, and one for mixing new colors. They were to try to make a different shade to fill each section of the leaf.
4. When the leaf was filled, they wiped their brush clean and got a small cup of blue tempera to paint the background.
5. To speed up the drying process, the painting was gently dabbed with a paper towel.
6. Students traced their leaf and lines with a black oil pastel.