These beautiful leaf print/paintings were made by first graders! They loved the process and we all loved the results.
Materials: Black construction paper, whiter tempera paint, fresh fall leaves, tempera paints in a variety of warm and cool colors.
Day one: students printed the leaves on the black paper, by painting the bumpy side of the leaf with white paint, setting it down gently, and pressing onto the paper. We let the prints dry.
Day two: students chose a warm or cool color scheme. Then we got to work painting. We used big brushes and sort of dabbed our way around the leaves. Kids did not wash brushes, just let the colors blend between color changes.
Comments from students: “I feel like a real artist” and “My leaf looks like an x-ray”.