Falling Leaves, 3rd Grade

This is a lesson near and dear to my heart. This is the third year I’ve taught it, and it just keeps getting better! This year, our third grade artists choose the time of day they wanted to capture their falling leaves.  Third time’s the charm! I just love the emotion and personality in each work of art!

Enjoy these beautiful falling leaves, created by our 3rd grade artists.

A batik is a traditional method of producing colored designs on textiles by applying wax and dye. Instead of using the traditional materials, we created our batiks by using crayons, oil pastels, tempera paint and white paper. We began by studying our leaves organic shapes and texture. We arranged our leaves so there was balance and harmony in our composition. The texture rubbing technique was used to create each leaves shape and veins. We used oil pastels to mix and blend colors inside the blade part of our leaves, making them look so realistic!  Our 3rd graders did a wonderful job blending colors, creating values, and making their leaves look so delicate and beautiful.

We began the batik process by first wrinkling our papers into a ball, making sure that our artwork was on the inside. Carefully, we unfolded our paper and smoothed out the creases. Next, students brought their papers to the painting station, where they covered their whole paper with blue and purple tempera paint.  Lastly, students brought their projects to the sink area, where we ran water over our paper and watched as the paint ran off our leaves. Our backgrounds (negative space) held the paint and made for a beautiful backdrop to our vivid fall leaves. Our 3rd graders captured all that is sweet and special about Fall, the slight breeze, rich color, and crisp air.

Harvest Moon Leaf Batik’s


Image3rd Graders are creating harvest moon leaf batik’s. We began by exploring organic and geometric shapes. Can you guess what kind of shapes our leaves and moon are? If you thought the moon was a geometric shape and our leaves were organic shapes then you were right.  After tracing real leaves onto paper, student observed the veins of each leaf and drew them by hand. We used fall colors to fill in our leaf compositions.

Next, was time to create our batik’s. Traditionally, we learned that the batik process involves decorating cloth in a way that uses wax and dye.  For our batik’s we used crayons and paint. We began by crumbling up our papers into a tiny ball. Carefully, we unfolded our paper and lied it out flat.  Then we layered watered down acrylic paint onto our papers and began wiping.

The Artist’s ToolKit- http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/watch_shape_geometric.cfm

Enjoy exploring more organic and geometric shapes!