Watercolor Leaves Art Lesson




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 drawn, 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

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  • laura durrer

    Thank you for providing so much inspiration! i linked to your site from my blog today. http://www.oliveandlove.com/2010/10/catch-up.html

  • Karen Wheatley

    I just love your site. Thank you for giving me the confidence to walk into a classroom and teach art. I’m really looking forward to trying the watercolour lesson with a class on Thursday.

    I linked to your site from my blog today.


  • april

    So pretty! Loved this project, which I did with my granddaughter yesterday. She was in awe with how the oil pastels resist the paint. Such fun! Thank you.

    • Patty

      Thanks April!

  • Stacy

    Thanks for the great idea! I used this project with our preschool co-op. You can see our projects, and other leaf week activities at http://givinguponacleanhouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/leaf-week.html.

  • Drawing

    Nice article. Almost I prefer water colors for my drawings. Your instructions may helps more for my drawings. Thank you so much for your tips on water colors.

  • Kelly Demetriades

    I tried this art lesson with my 1st graders. It was fun, easy and they each turned out fabulous!
    I LOVE your website, thankyou for sharing your work with us.

    • Kelly Demetriades

      oh yeah, i did do one thing different, we added “wind” using white oil pastel as our last drawing step. Then painted and the ooohs and aaahs were wonderful. it was like a magic trick for them.

  • Lona

    Your site is awesome! Great stuff 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I added you to http://www.delicious.com/ldekenipp.

  • john anton

    You are great!

  • Johanne Martin


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