Watercolor leaves: an art project for elementary schoolers #How-To & DIY#big kids#diy November 2 2012 | Guest post by Patty This is a simple, yet lovely art lesson that builds upon the principles of watercolor applications. My fifth grade students used liquid watercolor paints, "black" glue (white school glue mixed with black paint) and 9″ x 12″ 90 lb watercolor paper to achieve this lovely project. Step one: the students drew leaves onto their watercolor paper with a pencil. They used light strokes and tried to capture details. We don't have fall leaves in Santa Barbara right now, so we used a photographs and photocopies of pictures. Step two: After the drawing, glue was carefully applied to the pencil lines. If a student misses this portion, they can outline their drawings with a black oil pastel, which will give them almost the same look and function (providing a wall for the watercolor paints). Step three: After the glue dries, paint leaves with two to three colors of paints. I stressed mixing colors that were beside each other on the color wheel. For the background, the children painted colors opposite to their leaves. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Patty My name is Patty Palmer and I teach art to 400 kids at a K-6 elementary school in Goleta, CA. You'll find hundreds of free, classroom-tested art lessons plus complete art lesson plans containing detailed tutorials, instructions and handouts at my site. http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/ PREVIOUS How do you prepare your kids to stand up for themselves — and for other kids? NEXT Introduce your kids to meditation via your iPhone with the Mind Jar app Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] So simple, but beautiful! I would never have thought of mixing glue and paint like that! Awesome! Reply I love the idea f mixing glue and paint – perhaps it would help younger artists stay within the lines when coloring or painting because I guess it leaves a bit of a 3d line barrier Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.