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Wet-on-wet watercolor and crayon techniques help capture the motion of autumn's falling leaves.
When studying the seasons, share a read aloud focused on the seasons, specifically autumn. Share the illustrations with the class. Invite students to identify fallen, colorful autumn leaves. If available, encourage students to use a field guide to select those that are safe to pick up and collect.
Once leaves are collected, ask students to cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola® Washable Watercolors to paint the underside of a leaf. While it is still wet, press the leaf onto lightly-colored construction paper, applying even pressure to all parts. Lift the leaf carefully. Discuss what is revealed when the leaves are removed.
Have students repeat this process with several leaves, using different colors of watercolor. Suggest students overlap some of the leaf prints to create the effect of motion.
For added color, students try a wet-on-wet watercolor technique. With the watercolor brush, drop color onto still-wet portions of the painting. Control the direction of the spreading color by lifting and tipping the painting paper.
After the leaf prints dry completely, suggest students use Crayola Construction Paper Crayons to accentuate portions of the leaves. Suggest the use of partial outlines near the prints' edges, trying varying colors and pressures.
Allow time for students to share their artwork and discuss how they each created their Leaf Dances.
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