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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K - Gr5 | Age: 5-11yrs | Written by: Pamela Julian Manney
[Pamela is an art educator at Port Huron Area School District in Port Huron, MI]

Students will create a leaf scene using a variety of leaf patterns.

What You Need:

Day One

Day Two

What You Do:
  1. Trace 7 to 9 leaves on the 12 x 18 white paper.
  2. Using the watercolor markers, outline with a thick line the inside of each leaf. Stress a THICK line.
  3. 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.
  4. Continue to finish all leaves.
  5. Spread the color into the background around the leaves.
  6. Let dry.
  7. When dry cut away some the the outside border of the 12x18 leaf watercolor. This creates a irregular line around the whole picture.
  8. Glue down on construction paper.

Recommended Books/Products:

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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