Written by: Pamela Julian Manney [Pamela is an art educator at Port Huron Area School District in Port Huron, MI]
Kids will use watercolor pencils or washable markers to create leaf-themed works of art.
What You Need:
- one piece of 80 lb white paper – 12″ X 18″
- variety of leaves (or patterns)
- watercolor pencils or markers
- construction paper – variety of colors
What You Do:
- Trace 7 to 9 leaves on the 12 x 18 white paper.
- Using the watercolor markers, outline with a thick line the inside of each leaf. Stress a THICK line.
- When all leaves are colored in, dip the brush into water and spread over the water colored marker line. The marker will spread and create different values. I like to ask the students to go from light to dark. The lightest being in the center of the leaf.
- Continue to finish all leaves.
- Spread the color into the background around the leaves.
- Let dry.
- When dry cut away some the the outside border of the 12×18 leaf watercolor. This creates a irregular line around the whole picture.
- Glue down on construction paper.