Looking for easy fall painting ideas? This one makes the most of two medias — tempera paint and oil pastels. They each add a little zing to the other.
This project is about using three pigments to make varying shades of warm colors. Students combine yellow, red, and white in any proportions they want. The results will be very different, but all very beautiful.
This is a very simple project in many ways, but please note that it matters what order you do the steps. You definitely need to sketch your leaf in pencil, paint with your variety of colors, and then trace with a black oil pastel. Those dark lines need to sit on top of the paint to make them “pop”.
• Multimedia paper
• Tempera paint: yellow, red, white and blue*
• Cheap paper plates
• Small paper cups
• Black oil pastel
• Paper towel (optional)
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1. Draw a very large outline of a leaf. Think of it as a large upside down heart with a line going through it.
2. Now draw about 3 or 4 vein lines in each side.
3. Make two plates for each student, one with a squirt of yellow, red and white paint, and one for mixing new colors. They goal is to mix a different shade to fill each section of the leaf.
4. When the leaf is filled, wipe you brush clean and get a small cup of blue tempera to paint the background.
5. To speed up the drying process, the painting may be dabbed with a paper towel.
6. Students traced their leaf and lines with a black oil pastel.