Mixing Colors for a Fall Leaf
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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 … Read More

Fall Leaf Sharpie Art
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You just can’t beat the color and precision you get when you make fall leaf Sharpie art with the new brush tip variety. The markers actually work a lot like paint, in that they do mix when you overlap them, and the fine tips allow a continual flow of color. MATERIALS • Mini canvases • Sharpie Brush Markers • Mod Podge or clear sealer DIRECTIONS 1. Follow my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” … Read More

Fall Leaf Art
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You can make a pretty leaf art project with just some paper towels, glue and paint. Learning how to add texture to your art will open up all kinds of new possibilities. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper or other heavy stock • Paper towels • White glue • Crayola crayon • Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. I used Bounty paper towels (I like the spongy look to them) and cut out about 3 large leaves and … Read More

Fall Leaf Matchbox Art
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Little miniature paper leaves inspired this week’s Matchbox Art project. The best part was finding that they could be colored with markers to brighten and match them with other art. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini paper leaves • Craft glue • Scotch tape or glue stick DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a sleeve, tray and insert for each student. Follow template diagrams and … Read More

Fall Leaf Painting Project
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Colorful leaves and a black background will make a lovely fall leaf painting project. If you are lucky, you can gather real maple or oak leaves for your students to trace. For me, not so much. Time to break out the sharp scissors to make some templates that will hopefully last for a few years. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Leaves to trace, or leaf templates • Oil pastels, not water soluble • India … Read More

Fall Leaf Art with Crayons and Watercolor
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For this fall leaf art project, students were asked to let crayons and paint do what they do best – make patterns and lots of bright colors. This amazing leaf was created by a 1st grader, Sara G. I could look at it all day. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Sharpie marker, black, chisel tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor paints DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a large leaf shape that fills the paper diagonally. 2. … Read More

Fall Leaf Grid
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I like using grids to organize art and fill a page at the same time. It eliminates the “tiny drawing on a large paper” syndrome. 1. I used my printer to make lines that divided the paper into 6 equal rectangles. Draw 6 simple leaves in each, starting with the spine and then adding the leaf edge around it. 2. Trace all the lines with a black permanent marker. 3. Paint the leaves with … Read More

Fall Leaf Painting Project
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Colorful leaves and a black background will make a lovely fall leaf painting project. If you are lucky, you can gather real maple or oak leaves for your students to trace. For me, not so much. Time to break out the sharp scissors to make some templates that will hopefully last for a few years. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Leaves to trace, or leaf templates • Oil pastels, not water soluble • India … Read More

Fall Leaf with Texture
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This crayon and watercolor resist is a simple project, but makes a very pretty picture. Try using warm colors inside the leaf, and cool on the outside so you have a lot of contrast. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Crayons Embroider Plastic Mesh mat for texture rubbing Liquid watercolor paint Large leaf templates (optional, but helpful for kinders)   DIRECTIONS Follow the tutorial to draw the leaf lightly with a penci. Trace all the lines with … Read More

Fall Leaf Grid
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I like using grids to organize art and fill a page at the same time. It eliminates the “tiny drawing on a large paper” syndrome. MATERIALS • Multimedia or Watercolor paper • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. I used my printer to make lines that divided the paper into 6 equal rectangles. Draw 6 simple leaves in each, starting with the spine and then adding the leaf edge around it. … Read More

Finish the Fall Leaf
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Not everyone has access to real fall leafs for some finish-the-shape drawing practice. I’ve created a book of templates so that anyone can try this all year round. Both sides of the leaves are included so that lefties can easily work too. PDF FILE INCLUDES: Four right-sided Leaves Four left-sided Leaves FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 8.5″ x 11″ FOR BEST SHOPPING AND DOWNLOAD RESULTS 1. Visit Account page and create an account with your own password. … Read More

Fall Tissue Paper Leaf Collage
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These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. MATERIALS Madras tissue paper Poster board or chip board for templates Scissors White card stock paper Glue stick, purple type may be most helpful Gold Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set   DIRECTIONS PREP: I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template for students. … Read More

Fall Leaves and Gold Lines
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These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. MATERIALS Madras tissue paper Poster board or chip board for templates Scissors White card stock paper Glue stick, purple type may be most helpful Gold Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set   DIRECTIONS PREP: I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template for students. … Read More

Fall Matchbox Art
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Little miniature paper leaves inspired this week’s Matchbox Art project. The best part was finding that they could be colored with markers to brighten and match them with other art. MATERIALS • Matchbox PDF Template (sleeve, tray and insert) • Papercutter or scissors • Stabilo markers • Mini paper leaves • Craft glue • Scotch tape or glue stick DIRECTIONS PREP: Print a sleeve, tray and insert for each student. Follow template diagrams and … Read More

Leaf Painting
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I like using grids to organize art and fill a page at the same time. It eliminates the “tiny drawing on a large paper” syndrome. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper or multimedia paper • Black Sharpie marker • Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. I used my printer to make lines that divided the paper into 6 equal rectangles. Draw 6 simple leaves in each, starting with the spine and then adding the leaf edge around … Read More

Layered Marker Leaf Drawing
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Metallic markers are great for adding a bit of “highlight” to any drawing or painting. MATERIALS Art journal or drawing paper Black marker, thick and ultra fine tip Markers, assorted colors Sharpie silver marker DIRECTIONS Draw many large simple leaves that are overlapping and even going off a sheet of paper. Trace the lines with a black marker and color in with bright marker colors. Add gold or silver Sharpie marker lines to the … Read More

Leafy Butterflies
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This project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology helped me make dozens of flat, easy to cut and glue leaves. MATERIALS View and download Fall Leaf Photos Color printer paper Color printer Scissors Glue sticks DIRECTIONS If you are so fortunate as to live near some fall foliage, you can take the real thing to a color copier and make lots of prints of multiple leaves. Or if you … Read More

Textured Fall Leaves
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One of the California Visual Arts Standards deals with adding texture to art. I made these paper towel leaves to give this painting some very real bumps and wrinkles. 1. I used Bounty paper towels (I like the spongy look to them) and cut out about 3 large leaves and 4 small ones. Mix up a small amount of 50/50 water and glue. Dip the leaves, get them completely wet, and spread them on … Read More

Tissue Paper Fall Leaves
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These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. MATERIALS Madras tissue paper Poster board or chip board for templates Scissors White card stock paper Glue stick, purple type may be most helpful Gold Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set   DIRECTIONS PREP: I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template for students. … Read More

Butterfly Leaves
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This project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology, namely stock photography and a color printer, helped me make dozens of flat, easy to cut and glue leaves. 1. If you are so fortunate as to live near some fall foliage, you can take the real thing to a color copier and make lots of prints of multiple leaves. Or if you are like me, nowhere near any maple trees, … Read More

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