Alexa, 2nd grade
Calvin, 2nd grade
Jenna, 4th grade
Sonja, 2nd grade
Sierra, 2nd grade
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower" Albert Camus
Even in seasonally challenged SoCal, where the temps hit the 90's here today, there are signs of autumn all around. I love the twisted shapes of the fallen leaves and the change in the shadows. I combined the watercolor printed leaf project from Groove is in the Art with the observational leaf drawing with cast shadows from Color Collage and Much More to kick off my new Mixed Media Art Class..
Leaf prints were made with leaves and watercolor (fresher works best for this part in order to get the veins and details). These were left to dry over night. I had my students take one leaf and use their best observational skills to create a contour drawing. I like to go over the difference between a stylized drawing versus a contour drawing and show both on the whiteboard. Line work was gone ever in thin Sharpie and chalk pastel added for color. I gave them free reign with this. A cut cast shadow was added and glued underneath for an added punch of emphasis. I think this is a great project for a variety of ages and skill levels.