It took them a little longer than expected to trace the leaf onto white paper. This was due to the lack of adequate lighting in the art room. But they managed to get the job done. I would love nothing more than to have 20-something extra thin light pads on hand for easy tracing, but they’re fairly expensive. In the past, we’ve used the windows as nature’s own light table. However, they’re covered over with large flowers I’ve yet to take down from last Spring. WHOOPS!
Once they managed to get the Fall leaves traced, they moved on to drawing the patterns they rolled for. I learned from this activity that my students don’t instinctually understand how to draw shapes so that they overlap the area they’re contained in; they try to squeeze many shapes (and lines) to fit in. So I have my work cut out for me in that respect. My solution will be to have them make a mini tracer so I can show them how to overlap the shapes in the easiest way possible. I believe they get stuck in pre-visualizing how a shape would look if it were to go over the edge of an area. It’s a challenge for sure and I’ll be helping them problem-solve this in the future.
Once they’d made it past the drawing phase, we discussed color theory. I use a lot of YouTube videos for this. My students are obsessed with YouTube, so I feed the obsession. There are loads of videos about color theory, some cartoon ones, some not. My students and I love the music videos the best. This ROYGBIV is one of most favorite of the bunch. The kids love getting up to dance to the music!
“ROYGBIV is a colorful man. And his name spells out the whole color spectrum!”
We quickly affirm which colors are perfect for Fall leaves and which are not. And then they use them to outline all the lines in their picture.
Now, in a fairy-tail world, my students would have enough confidence to draw everything using only markers and not pencil. However, that isn’t the case. So most find themselves outlining over pencil marks. Ideally, it’s better that those pencil marks not be there as they mix and muddy the marker ink. Yet, I’d rather have my students feel confident in their work than worry about darkening their colors.
If you’re loving this art project, you can check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It’s a great end of Fall culminating activity.