Project Description: This lesson can be done as a stand-alone art lesson or in conjunction with a nature science lesson.
Designed by: Lisa Thorpe
- Grafix Clear-Lay
- Paint pens in a variety of colors
- Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
- Brushes for paint
- Pallets or paper plates to squeeze paint on
- Tag board or mat board to mount on
- Double stick tape for mounting
- Something flat to trace: leaves, feathers, a photo
Steps to Make This:
- For this lesson, we used leaves as an inspiration. Students choose leaves they want to trace. If possible go for a walk and collect leaves as a class for this lesson. If not, supply a variety of sizes and shapes for the class to use.
- Students place leaves under the Clear-Lay then trace the edge and veins with a paint pen. Repeat with different leaves and different colors until the student is happy with the design.
- Let the paint dry (this just takes a few minutes), flip Clear-Lay over so that paint pen leaves are face down. Apply acrylic paints to the back¬side of Clear-Lay. It just takes about a dime size of color to paint each leaf and about a quarter size to paint the background. Encourage them to try mixing colors on a brush, i.e. a dab or orange and a dab or red to make the painting more dynamic. Let dry before flipping over to see results.
- To prepare to mount, use a colored tag board an inch and a half larger around than the Clear-Lay sheet. Using paint pens create a border for their leaf art.
- Using double-stick mounting tape, mount dried painting with leaf side up to the plain or decorated backing board.