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Lesson Plan Submitted by: Judith Walsh
Elementary Art Teacher at Mt. Zion Elementary in Suffolk, VA
Grades: Pre K - 5
Students may trace around leaf pattern on a styrofoam plate with a dull pencil or they may draw their own leaf. Students should add veins to their leaves- pressing firmly into Styrofoam with a dull pencil.
After tracing or sketching their leaves, should cut the leaves out. Next, students will color with markers all over their leaf and quickly print it on their paper. Then, students will wipe off that color with Handi- Wipes and apply another color.
They will quickly print this color on top of the first leaf print making sure they are aligned correctly. They can continue this procedure with 2 more colors, making sure they wipe off each color after it has been printed.
The results are really pretty and the kids love the tie-dye effect on the Handi-Wipes!
If you aren't able to acquire leaves or want to do this as a craft project at home, you can also create the art using McCall's Creates: Leaf Pattern Printing
Lesson Plan Submitted by: Robin Folse
Elementary teacher of Florida Avenue Elementary in Slidell, LA.
I supply different objects that will make dots or circles when dipped in tempera paint. Straws, Q-tips, Artgum Erasers, paper towel tubes, oranges, (ANYTHING ROUND!!) will work well with this activity.
Now all that is needed are different colors of tempera paint and construction paper. I like to use different combinations like red, blue and yellow on white paper (encourage mixing two colors) and black and white paint on bright colored paper. Be sure to provide objects that vary in size.
Students may be encouraged to make patterns with their objects. Illustrations or paintings may be shown that exhibit pattern.