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Colorful Leaf Prints

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use leaves gathered from the environment around them to use in colorful paintings. They will explore how leaves can be printed using different materials.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will practice watercolor techniques and supply care.

Students will explore ways to make leaf prints.

Students will choose a color scheme for their artwork based on prior knowledge.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion on student observations of leaves or plants in their environment.
  • Show or review watercolor techniques and supply care.
  • Guide a discussion on color schemes students might choose.
  • Demonstrate how to create leaf prints.

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National Standards


Create

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

45 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Brushes
  • Water cup
  • Leaves (not dry)
  • Colored pencils

National Standards


Create

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA:Cr2.1.3a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

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Steps

Prepare Paper with Watercolor

Cover a paper with chosen colors of watercolor using plenty of water. Work quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry up before leaves are placed.

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Instructional Materials

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Leaf Printing Techniques

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