Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Craft a Fall Landscape Using Leaf Rubbings

Create the leaf rubbings first, then cut these out to glue into a collage pumpkin patch.
       When I was a child, leaf rubbing was probably the standard craft for every early elementary student to practice during the fall months. Most probably because it was an economical craft and students of all ages seemed to be fascinated by it. All you need is just a few crayons, typing paper and of course, a collection of fall leaves to rub the prints to begin with. Arrange the leaves vein side up on the table, and then position your typing paper on top of the leaves. Using even pressure, color over the white typing paper with crayons to reveal the raised surface of your leaves. 

 An additional water color technique using leaf rubbings 
from the Boston Children's Museum.

      But why not take the activity a little further? Parents and Teachers can also inspire young students to compose a simple landscape with their leaf prints. The leaves could become trees, standing on the edge of a pumpkin patch if you'd like. I cut out my fall leaf rubbings and used them in the picture below to symbolize landscape elements. Teachers can talk to their young students about making a picture that illustrates the sky, fields, vegetation and larger plants or trees.
      If you wish to complicate the assignment even further, fourth graders could also design a scene depicting one point perspective. The art project could conform to a wide variety of agenda.

Above is my completed teacher's sample of a pumpkin patch. This particular leaf rubbing project
would be appropriate for third, fourth and fifth graders.
 Additional pumpkin patch crafts:

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