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Easy Leaf Line Art Project Tutorial

Students learn how to make a line art project with a leaf theme. Overlapping the shapes gives them a fun transparent look.

A drawing of Leaf Line Art Project, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

There are seven Elements of Art that are considered the building blocks of art, and finding art projects that connect to one or more of them helps students understand them better.

The official list of Elements is: Line, Shape, Color, Space, Form, Value, Texture. Some websites may have a few less, but believe this is the list that most art teachers follow.

As you can imagine, this project works really well for learning about LINES. Learning how to put lines down on the paper in the way students want will always help them improve their skills.

This idea of making shapes with lots of lines is easy to adjust for many grade levels. The main project shown above would probably work best for those that feel pretty confident in their drawing, and the variation below would be good for those just getting started.

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Another Leaf Line Art Project

Younger students benefit from starting with a template

Materials for Leaf Line Art Project

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright. *affiliate link
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks! *affiliate link
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. *affiliate link
  • Black Sharpie Marker. Great for making a crisp outline to your drawing. Use them when you want your outline show up, but not be so heavy that it detracts from other things. *affiliate link

Directions for How to Draw Leaf Line ArtSave

Time needed: 1 hour

How to Draw Line Art Leaves

  1. Lightly draw leaves in pencil.

  2. Use a marker to trace spine and fill in with lines.

  3. Draw more overlapping leaves in pencil.

  4. Use a marker to trace spine and fill in with lines.

  5. Erase ALL the pencil lines.

  6. Glue to a colored sheet of paper.


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  1. I made them at the school I was working at. They had lots of die cutters and I had lots of spare chip board.

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