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During the past few weeks, we’ve gone on several nature walks. It has been unusually warm in our area so we’ve been taking advantage of the weather. During our walks, the boys usually gather sticks, rocks, and leaves.
Last week, the colors started changing finally. So this week on our nature walk, the boys collected all sorts of colored leaves. The bright hues of Autumn leaves on the trees and on the floor are truly breathtaking. Inspired by the beautiful foliage, we decided to create a leaf art project.
We’ve been exploring different art mediums lately. For this project, we decided to try watercolor pencils. And I must say I loved using the watercolor pencils. Less mess, easy to use and beautiful results.
The goal of this art project was to pay attention to details and replicate the leaf as closely as possible. This enabled my boys to slow down and pay attention to all the details. Usually, they hurry and rush through art. The art project helped them relax and be very observant.
Leaf Art Project For Kids Using Watercolors
For this project, you’ll need:
1) On watercolor paper, trace a leaf with watercolor pencils.
2) Draw the veins
3) Color your leaf like the real leaf
4) Try to replicate as many details as you can – from the bruises, patterns, or spots on the leaf.
5) After you’re done coloring the leaf with the pencils, dip a small thin paintbrush in water. Wipe off the excess on a napkin.
6) Carefully and gently go over your leaf with the wet paintbrush.
This Fall Leaf art Activity is great as an introduction or extension to the following topics:
- Identify different types of trees/leaves
- Why leaves change color in the Fall?
- Leaf Cycle
- Parts of a leaf
- Leaf Rubbings
- Adding details to stories
If you do this fall leaf art project, be sure to show off your work on the Growing Curious Minds Facebook page. Would love to see your beautiful creations!