Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Maple Leaf and a Maple Leaf Coloring Page. Learn the pattern they have any you can draw one any size you want!
Maple Leaf Drawing
While there are a million variations of maple leaves in the world, most of them do tend to follow a certain kind of pattern. Once students learn the pattern, they can learn how to draw a maple leaf any size they want.
The leaves have three large fingers, so to speak, with a few more curves sprinkled around them. This tutorial shows how to draw those shapes in a logical progression, and then the how to fill the veins inside with their own kind of pattern.
The fun part, of course, is that when their maple leaf is drawn, students can get creative with some really vivid fall colors. Any combination of warm colors will be beautiful, especially if they press really hard with their crayons. You don’t get that saturation without putting in a bit of effort.
Why Do Maple Leaves Change Color?
Leaves get their green color from a chemical called chlorophyll, which helps trees take in sunlight. In the fall, because of changes in the length of daylight and changes in temperature, the leaves stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves part of their fall splendor.
Keep in mind that real fall leaves are lovely, of course, but they will eventually crumble away. A drawing of a leaf though, can be enjoyed for years to come.
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Materials for How to Draw a Maple Leaf
- Black Sharpie Marker (affiliate link)
- Prang Crayons (affiliate link)
- Crayola Crayons (affiliate link)
Directions for a Maple Leaf Drawing Step by Step
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw a Maple Leaf
- Draw a center stem.
- Add a cap on top.
- Draw two symmetrical U shapes.
- Add two more symmetrical caps.
- Draw two symmetrical curves.
- Add four large veins.
- Draw six medium vein lines.
- Add lots of small vein lines.
- Trace with marker and color.