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How to Draw Leaves Tutorial and Leaf Coloring Page

Learning how to draw a leaves gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. Place them in a grid for a pretty fall drawing.

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A fall leaf grid drawing, colored with crayons.
Leaf drawing colored with crayons

Whether you are looking for a fall drawing project that features leaves, or have something that needs leaves added to the background, here’s a handy tutorial for you. It includes six basic types of leaves so students can just begin to learn the different names, without getting too scientific.

My experience is that some are easiest to draw when you start with veins first, and the leaf shape around then, and others visa versa. Either way, I hope this is a handy reference guide the next time you need some variety for your fall art.

Media note: Crayons work great, but this can make a lovely watercolor painting too, as shown by my sample below. I recommended using real watercolor paper, a black Sharpie for a bleed-proof drawing and liquid watercolor paint. Extra dabs of color along the veins make for some fun wet-on-wet painting practice.

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A step-by-step Fall Leaf tutorial that includes five different types of leaves.
Preview of step by step Leaves tutorial
Fall leaves drawn with a marker and painted with watercolor. A good wet-on-wet painting project.
Here’s another media to try – Bleeding watercolor leaves
Fall leaves drawn and colored with markers. Metallic marker highlights add some extra shine.
Another idea – marker leaf art traced with metallic markers

Here’s a new option for busy teachers and parents. You can now easily download this drawing as a coloring page with the red button below. Just click to open it as a PDF, and save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free coloring page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are following the drawing tutorial. For many more fun things to color, please see my COLORING PAGE GALLERY It’s never been easier to see and download so many all in one place!

Draw Leaves Coloring Page

Pretty Fall Leaf Coloring Page. Stop by and download yours for free.

Materials for Fall Leaf Drawing

  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.

Directions for Drawing Leaves

Draw Leaves in 9 Easy Steps

  1. How to draw a Willow leaf

  2. How to draw a Beech leaf

  3. How to draw a Walnut or Ash leaf

  4. How to draw a Poplar leaf

  5. How to draw a Oak leaf

  6. How to draw a Maple Leaf

More Fall Leaf Drawing Projects

Leaf Drawing page, click on image to open a PDF template
Line Art Leaf, click on image to open PDF
How to Draw Line Art Leaves
Draw a Fall Grid
How to Draw a Grid Tree
Draw a Tree
How to Draw a Fall Tree
Draw a Fall Sunset
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Marker Leaf Project
Draw and Paint a Leaf Pattern Resist

4 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    Thanks Connie, I had kind of forgotten about the painting option. I just added the sample to the post showing the crayon version, to offer more options.

    I appreciate the feedback!

  2. Connie Bimm

    Where’s your painted version of the fall leaf grid? Pretty sure you used liquid watercolors, right? It’s a great project, either way!

  3. Kathleen Barbro

    Glad you like it!

  4. ciel7

    Very cool and helpful
    Thank you very much.

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