Autumn Leaves Art Project for Kids
The gorgeous New England leaves inspired this easy and colorful art project for kids.
Because the actual leaves I found don’t have the same range of colors on the trees, I thought it would be fun to just outline a leaf. I provide several shapes as suggestions but the actual leaf can be a simple oval.
Once the leaf is outlined in pencil, use any kind of paint you want but for we’re going to use watercolor because I like how the colors run together just like the colors in the fall trees!
Using a wet brush, paint directly onto the paper, mixing and moving around the color. You can try to copy the colors in one of the trees below, or just do your own thing.
Paint fast or slow — you’re the artist!
If you want, try different leaf shapes.
Pick a Leaf Shape
Three different Maple leaf shapes. You don’t have to get all the pointy corners if you don’t want to.
This leaf can be drawn with the ridges or without. You can just draw an oval if you want!
A cluster of leaves for either color inspiration or for a more challenging leaf drawing.
Paint in Leaf Shape with Colors from a Tree
Not all the Autumn leaves are shades of red and orange. This tree’s leaves are yellow.
These two examples start with red at the top of the tree with oranges and yellows in the middle until we hit green at the bottom.
Autumn Leaf Watercolor Paintings
You can paint wet or dry, as you please. These are meant to be quick studies. Try two or three different leaf shapes or color variations if you want.
Learn more about chlorophyll, carotenoids, xanthophylls, and anthocyanins with this autumn DIY experiment: Leaf Color Chromatography with Alex Dainis via @ScienceChannel.
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