Need a beautiful, accessible project for kids? This fall stencil project is perfect. You’ll need to gather 2-4 leaves per child or about 50 leaves for a 25-student class so that each child has a couple of leaves to choose from. Make sure the leaves are fresh, not the crispy dried ones that have already fallen. This is important as the paint must adhere to the leaf well and it will also ensure that the leaf doesn’t crumble. Are you ready? Watch this short (1 min) video to see how to create these beautiful leaves… This is what you’ll need: 1 peace of black paper (about 12″ x 15″) White liquid tempera paint or acrylic (I like temper best as it’s easier to clean) Flat brush or even a sponge brush Colorful tempera paints (warm or cool colors) Leaves Scraps of white paper Kitchen sponge for stamping This is what you do: Place a leaf and black construction paper on each child’s desk/place. Put a stack of scrap paper in the middle of the table. Place one palette of white paint with appropriate number of brushes in middle of table. Demonstrate how to brush the white paint onto the “rib side” of the leaf. Be sure to coat the entire leaf. Place painted leaf carefully on black paper. Cover with a scrap and gently rub the leaf until you are sure all the paint is rubbed on. Lift up the scrap paper then peel the leaf off the black paper. Wow! The kids think this part is amazing. I do, too. Repeat step 5 at least 4 times. Encourage the children to go off the edge of the page for an all-over look. After all the leaves have been stenciled on, bring out the palettes of colored paint along with some small cut-up sponges. Using just one sponge per child, dip sponge in colored paint and dab around leaves. Kids can use two colors, or more. Leave it up to them. Tips and Tricks Many art teachers and parents have asked whether or not they should apply the colored paint to the black paper first. You could but you wouldn’t achieve the cool black and white affect with the leaves. If...Read More
Nothing is more beautiful than a tree emboldened with crimson and pumpkin colored leaves. In Santa Barbara, we have few trees that display this wonderful show but our imaginations make up for this lack of seasonal change. I was inspired by Kathy’s art journal pages from Art Project for Kids and wondered how I could translate this lesson for my second grade class. I found a perfect line drawing of fall leaves, cut some squares of red, orange, yellow, green (and yes, I’ll admit it…) purple and let my students enjoy the color of autumn. Supplies: 6″ x 9″ white drawing paper Tissue paper cut into 5″ x 5″ squares Mixture of white glue and water small paint brush Black marker (waterproof is best) Time: One 40-minute class The Set-up Step One: Tracing the Leaves Step Two: Arrange the leaves on the paper and brush Step Three: Smooth with the glue mixture Step Four: Pick your next leaf and do it again! Encourage overlapping! The Results! FIND THIS LESSON IN THE FALL & FARM BUNDLE INSIDE THE MEMBERS CLUB…CLICK BELOW TO LEARN...Read More
Raise your hand if Fall is your favorite time of year? Santa Barbara doesn’t experience Fall until well into November but I fake it by switching out my summer whites for long sleeves. And just because I can’t get enough of Fall and the beautiful leaves I imagine are falling in cooler parts of the country, I played around with my Faber-Castell Art Supplies and made this video for you… How to Draw & Paint Fall Watercolor Leaves Video Art Supplies If you are wondering what art supplies I’m using, check out Faber-Castell’s line of children’s art products. I used them last Spring with all of my students and was so impressed. In this video I used the Watercolor Palettes and the Oil Pastel 12-pack. The oil pastels are the best I’ve ever used and the watercolors are more opaque than transparent so the effects are really brilliant. The watercolor paper is 90-lb Canson School grade watercolor paper. Autumn Art Activities I picked my most popular art lessons from my last 12 years of teaching art to create a Fall Art Bundle. This bundle is for everyone who would love their students to create these cool projects but needs a bit of help. I’ve broken up the projects into manageable steps, easy-to-duplicate templates and handouts and offer suggestions on how to scale the projects for both younger and older kids. Each lesson can also be purchased individually. You can view each lesson right here: Watercolor Leaves Free Instructions and Watercolor Leaves PDF Autumn Collage Free Instructions and Autumn Collage PDF Funny Face Pumpkin Free Instructions and Funny Face Pumpkin PDF Scarecrow Project Free Instructions and Scarecrow Activities PDF Happy Fall...Read More
Every child, no matter what the age, can enjoy this watercolor project. If you live in an area where fall leaves are plentiful, take a walk outside to collect your art inspiration. If you live in Southern California, this is not an easy task. I’ve included a handout of basic leaf shapes for your kids to reference.
I offer teaching and art supply options for this lesson based on age groups. You’d be surprised how a small tweak in instruction and drawing tool can make or break this lesson for a young or older child.
This lesson is great for all ages (6-11) because of the many options available to you in the packet.Read More
A simple, yet lovely art lesson that builds upon the principles of watercolor applications. My fifth grade students used liquid watercolor paints, “black” glue (white school glue mixed with black paint) and 9″ x 12″ 90 lb watercolor paper and a bit of table salt to achieve this lovely project. To start, the students drew leaves onto their watercolor paper with a pencil. They used light strokes and tried to capture details. We don’t have fall leaves in Santa Barbara right now, so we used a photographs and photocopies of pictures. After the drawing, glue was carefully applied to the pencil lines. If a student misses this portion, they can outline their drawings with a black oil pastel, which will give them almost the same look and function (providing a wall for the watercolor paints). After the glue dries, paint leaves with two to three colors of paints. I stressed mixing colors that were beside each other on the color wheel. For the background, the children painted colors opposite to their leaves. Before the background paint dries, sprinkle a small amount of table salt over the wet surface. The kids can control where they would like to have the sprinkles of salt but encourage a light application. Much easier to remove after the paint dries! Beautiful Fifth Grade Watercolor...Read More
Need a quick, easy lesson that can be completed in 30 minutes? These fall leaves are perfect. All you need is: Crayons/oil pastels Liquid watercolor paints Regular sulphite paper (I cut the paper in half so we’re only dealing with a 9″ x 6″ sheet) Creating the Leaves The instructions are easy. I read a picture book about fall leaves, stopping at illustrations that showed the leaves up close, and then demonstrated how to draw simple leaves. They picked whatever color of oil pastel they liked (if you are teaching color theory, you can set out warm or cool colored pastels), and drew as many leaves onto the paper. Some kids will need help, but really, I just wanted the kids to have fun with lines–squiggly, curved, straight, etc. After the lines are draw, I set out trays of watercolor paint. They mingled colors and within a few minutes, they were lining up at the drying rack. Fast. First Grade Watercolors ARE YOU A SPARKLER? These lessons and over 300 art lessons are available inside the Members Club. Access to videos, resources & trainings for one low monthly fee. CLICK THE IMAGE TO SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATION OF OUR NEXT...Read More