Fall Leaf Art Project
Students create leaf rubbings with crayons and leaf printings with paint, exploring the differences as they go.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
How does one type of art compare to another? Using crayons and paint, students create side-by-side impressions of one of nature’s prettiest works of art: fall leaves.
What You Need:
White construction paper (one piece per student)
What You Do:
- Take students outside on a nature walk to collect leaves of various shapes, colors, and sizes.
- Have children fold a piece of white construction paper in half and then write across the top: “Rubbing vs. Printing.”
- On the “rubbing” side, have children place a leaf under the paper, then rub a crayon over the paper (and the leaf below it) to create an impression of the leaf.
- On the “printing” side, using the same leaf, students now create a print. First, they paint one side of the leaf with fall colors, then press it gently onto the paper, then lift slowly.
- Leaving space down the center of the page, have them continue the rubbings and printings until the paper is full.
- Have students glue the leaves down the center of the page.