Wednesday, September 28, 2011

* Colorful Fall Leaves With Oil Pastel On Newspaper

This colorful fall project is fun for ages 3 and up. 
Some parents and teachers may not be comfortable allowing preschoolers
to work with oil pastels, they are messy
You can substitute with regular crayons or 
Crayola "Poster" Crayons (for bolder color). 

For this project you will need:
  • Leaves to look at and sketch
  • Pencil
  • Non-Toxic Oil Pastels or Crayola Poster Crayons
  • Newspaper
  • Coloful Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Begin by lightly sketching the outline of each leaf with pencil 
on newspaper. Then, color in the leaf with non-toxic oil pastels 
or for younger students (or less mess) use Crayola Poster Crayons. 

Don't say I didn't warn you, oil pastels are beautiful but they are messy. 
Make sure your students push up their sleeves and try not to drag their hands 
through the pastels as they are coloring. 

I like to keep baby wipes near by to clean up messy fingers.

Important Note: 
The little "boogers" that form from the oil pastels need to be shaken into a trash can, 
if they are allowed to travel onto laps, chairs, or the floor they can stain
and create messes on clothing and carpets. 

I love the way the pastels blend and the text showing through 
the newspaper adds interest to the leaves.

When the leaves are all done, 
cut them out and carefully glue them onto 
colored construction paper with a glue stick.

(Note: we laid our leaves face down on an extra sheet of newspaper
 to apply the glue stick to the back of the leaf 
so it wouldn't smudge the clean colored paper!)

The leaves can be left as is, or cut out again with a colorful border 
to hang as a mobile, garland, or other decor. 

What would you do with your colorful fall leaves?

Pink and Green Mama


Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...

I love the idea and application!

K-Sue said...

These are beautiful! I love the idea of using newspaper as background, and this would work with all ages. As for oil pastels, I think it is wonderful to let children use real art supplies.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

I love this idea! I know C would love drawing on newspaper!

Julie @ my tiny bookworm said...

These are gorgeous! I think we may try these this afternoon. Thanks for the fun idea. :)

Heather @ Life, Gluten Free said...

I love how they turned out. We will definitely try this. We use oil pastels by faber castell (from their kids line) and while they are slightly messy, they are totally worth it and lots of fun :)

Miko's Girl said...

I wonder how they would look glued onto a square canvas that has been painted a solid color. I think it would make a great grouping.

Anonymous said...

Really like this fun fall craft and also the previous one too! I have younger kiddos, so I think I'll avoid the oil pastels, but a good substitute is Crayola's Slick Sticks! Have you tried these? They are SO fun to use, and they set in just a few minutes. Thanks for sharing! Happy Fall!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Erin -- We haven't tried those before but they sound like something we'll have to check out! : ) Thanks for the heads up, I'm always up for trying new art supplies.


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Miko's Girl - A canvas display would be really neat, unfortunately we're out of wall space around here. Hubby and I were talking about it at dinner tonight joking that we need a small art gallery in our house to display all of the art work and mixed media pieces we seem to crank out! : )


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