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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Leaves Crayon Resist Paintings

Every Year I do some kind of project with Fall leaves. This year I went for the simple, but beautiful crayon resist paintings with my favorite liquid watercolors!
First we watched a video and talked about Fall. Then we put together a Fall Leaves Color Wheel so the kids could see the intermediate colors as they gradually change!

Here's a short video with LOTS of BeAuTiFuL Fall Leaves Images that we watched

Then they drew their leaves with crayons. Make sure your students press very hard with the crayons to make the crayon resist. They used yellow and light green to make their leaf drawings. We made sure to look at EVERY tiny line and detail and draw them just as they are.
I gave them only 4 colors of liquid watercolor; red,orange,yellow,and green

IF the leaves had spots, broken edges or holes, we drew those too. I LOVE the leaves that have ALL the fall colors in them from green, yellow-green, yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, and red!!

They had the option to add a background, but if their leaves were really bright, their background needed to have some brown and dull colors, to make the leaves POP

We also used OVERLAPPING in our Fall foliage

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