Autumn is coming and I know teachers and homeschool families are looking for Art Lessons for the season, so in this blog post, I will provide you with a simple yet effective art lesson for kids to explore Warm Colors schemes and exploring art making mediums with simple strategies to create an art project featuring a Fall Leaf. Read on to find the steps for creating and the full art lesson and downloadable PDF lesson plan and worksheets.
Materials and Hook for the Art Lesson
For this art lesson, you will need two art mediums and one piece of paper. First, you need Oil Pastels and Watercolor paints OR Tempera Paint Cakes. As well, you will need white paper, preferably something thicker like card stock.
Begin the lesson with hooking your students on the lesson. You can click here and follow the full video art lesson and create an example to show your students or you can start off with a classroom discussion and ask them a question: “What Colors do we see in Autumn?” Record all their answers on chart paper or on the board or have students come up and write their answer onto the white board, or write the answer on a post-it note and have then put it on chart paper.
Next, you can explain you will be creating an artwork of an Autumn Leaf in a Warm Color Scheme!
Step 1: Draw the Stem
Start the artwork by using a brown or red oil pastel to draw a stem in the center of their paper. Model drawing it large or show them the full video art lesson that you can watch by clicking here.
Step 2: Start the Leaf
Begin to add the leaf with curving lines or let them look up images of leaf shapes and let them experiment with creating their ow design.
Step 3: Add Leaf Details.
Draw on other leaf details such as more stem details and the remaining parts of the leaf.
Step 4: Paint the Leaf and Background
Finally, add yellow, orange, and red oil pastel and layer it to make warm autumn leaf colors. Leave some areas white and paint in those spaces with watercolor paint or tempera paint.
Next, paint the background with warm colors as well to complete the artwork. To watch all this happen, click here to get access to the full video art lesson and lesson plans.
To conclude the lesson, have kids help create a display of the work and if you can find fall leaves outside, you can use them to decorate the border of the display.
Watch the FULL Art Lesson and Get the Downloadable Lesson Plan & Worksheets
If you would like to watch a full video art lesson to learn how to make this art lesson or have access to it to show your students AND the Downloadable Lesson Plan, Step-By-Step handout, Rubric and reflection (in PDF format), then make sure you click here or the image below and you can grab the full art lesson FOR FREE!
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