Drawing a Leaf


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Drawing a leaf may sound simple, but there is so much to learn from this task.  This task works well with mixed-ability groups, including low-ability students, because students cut out and draw around a leaf first which gives their drawing a great start.  Students will:

  • Practice their observational drawing skills.
  • Practice their cutting skills.
  • Learn that good presentation can really elevate a drawing.

This download includes:

  • A detailed lesson plan.
  • A 3-slide presentation that states the learning objectives and shows a good example of the sketchbook page and a large picture of the drawing of the leaf.
  • 4 leaves for students to choose to draw.
  • A page of coloured leaves for an extension task.

There are many more drawing and natural forms art lessons and projects on The Arty Teacher website.

Materials required: Paper or sketchbooks, coloured paper such as sugar paper, drawing pencils, brown packing paper, glue and scissors.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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I set up The Arty Teacher because I have a passion for my subject that I want to share with other art teachers around the world.

I have been a high school art teacher for over 20 years, so I understand what it’s like to be in front of a class of students, often with very different abilities and attitudes.

I wanted to develop resources that would help teachers to bring out the best in every student in every class. I also wanted to free-up staff from time-consuming lesson preparation to let them focus instead on delivering exciting, motivating, dynamic lessons, supported by excellent resources.

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