Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for a Zentangle Leaf Art Project and a Leaf Coloring Page. Fill each closed section with a delicate pattern and you have a lovely work of art.
This easy Zentangle Leaf Art project with a maple leaf shows how pretty line drawings can be, when they are made with care, and lots of detail. When students start with a light outline of a leaf already in place, they can just concentrate on making to as many different patterns inside as possible. It may sound simple, but it can quickly show what a difference detailed work can make. Those that really take their time to make as many small patterns as possible are almost guaranteed to get some eye-popping results. Here are some amazing examples that a few older elementary students did back when I was still teaching in the classroom.
Keep in mind that this ability to focus and do detailed work also has a lot to do with the age of most elementary students. Kinder and first graders don’t quite have that in place yet, and some 2nd and 3rd graders are just beginning to exercise it. That’s not to say that this is only a 4th and 5th grade project, all levels can benefit from some fine motor skill tracing and drawing. It’s just that the expectations need to fluctuate a bit, depending on the age and grade level. Note: Are you studying the Elements of Art in your room? This is an obvious tie in with LINES and SHAPES.
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Materials for the Line Art Leaf
- Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
- Fine Tip Black Marker. A thin tip allows for lots of tiny detail.
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Directions for Zentangle Leaf Art Project
Time needed: 45 minutes.
Line Art Maple Leaf
- Print the light drawing of the leaf in the download.
- Students trace the gray lines with a thin marker.
- Each closed area gets filled with a different pattern.
The more detail and variety, the better!
- Students continue until each section is filled.
Older students can go over the first tracing to make the lines have a thick and thin quality.