Different Autumn leaves can be used to add variety of shape and size to this art project. Students used a foam roller to roll white paint over a leaf, and then place it carefully onto black paper, placing another piece of paper on top and rubbing it with a flat hand, before carefully lifting the paper and leaf.
Autumn colours (warm colours) were then dabbed around the leaf print.
Students used real Autumn leaves to draw the outline of the shape. They then used warm / Autumn colours to colour the leaf in coloured pencils; brown or red pencil to draw the lines of the veins. Sharpies (fine liners) were used to add zentangle patterns in each section.
Autumn is a great time to use colourful leaves of various shapes and sizes for students to use for observation drawings. I had Year 4 students choose a leaf to place in front of them to draw (some students found it easier to trace the leaf to get the shape right) They began using oil pastels in a colour close to the colours on the leaf, making sure to emphasise the veins on the leaf. They blended colours with their finger to spread the colour to look natural, rather than blocks of colours.