Mealtime Monet- Abstract Autumn Leaves

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Autumn is here, and I am already mulching and raking leaves like crazy.  Though this project won’t solve the entire problem, it will get your kids to pick up three our four leaves from your yard.

“Abstract Fall Leaves” combines the idea of abstract art from week 4 with the warm/cool color scheme.  For this project, kids will design a balanced composition and begin to understand the color wheel.  Let’s take a look:

Materials needed:


3-4 large leaves

pencil

8.5 x 11 white paper

ruler

colored pencils or crayons

optional: round objects, like a bowl and cup


First, send your kids out to gather 3 to 4 awesome Autumn leaves.  They should be “soft” still, not so dry and brittle that they crack when handled.  Varying sizes are good as this adds variety to the composition.

Next, they trace the leaves onto their paper.  Once that is done, use the ruler (or round objects) to draw an abstract design on top of the leaves.

Lastly, fill in the leaves with warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) and the background with cool colors (blues, greens, purples).

Note: Coloring this project can be time consuming.  If needed, take a break and have your child complete it when they are able to concentrate again.

You can also have your kids watch the video below, which will walk them through it.  Just have them pause the video at the points given, complete the step, then continue the video and the project.  Ta da!