I sincerely love this time of year: cozy sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkin picking. Of course, my favorite part of autumn is how the leaves change colors! Here is a project that you can do at home. It is an ode to the beauty of trees. It can be completed in one day with small breaks in between or can be an ongoing project that you re-visit on different days.
Step 1: Work with your child to observe the gorgeous fall colors outside. Perhaps collect a few leaves. Ask them what types of colors they notice.
Step 2: Use tempera paint on 12” x 18” paper and various brushes to create and mix colors and patterns they see in the leaves. Cover the entire paper. For this demo I used red, yellow, and peach. If you have more colors, feel free to use them! Sometimes I like using a limited palette.
Step 3: Allow paper to dry. This will now be your collage leaf paper!
Step 4: If you have actual leaves look at the various shapes. Otherwise, I love the photos in the book “A Tree for all Seasons” by Robin Bernard. Carefully cut or rip lots of shapes! This book can help you with Step 5 too!
Step 5: On a separate piece of paper paint your autumn tree branches and trunk. Referencing to a photograph or looking out the window is definitely helpful.
Step 6: Once your tree painting is dry, it is time to glue down all of your handmade leaves.
Step 7: You can talk about overlapping different leaves and how leaves fall to the ground. Don’t forget to have fun! Thanks to my kid helpers ages 5 and 9!
**Ready for more awesome autumn themed art projects? Visit me for a Pumpkin Art Party at Gourmet Guild in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 12pm-2pm. I’ll be reading “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and hosting a free drawing and watercolor workshop inspired by locally grown pumpkins and gourds! Many thanks to Macaroni Kid downtown for listing this. Register by calling (718) 388-7726.