ACTIVITIES THAT USE COLOR TO EXPRESS MOODS
"Colors seen by candlelight will not look the same by day."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
1. Get out these supplies:
A LEAF CONCERT
After I learned about Alma Thomas's dancing leaves, I noticed how much the trees outside the museum move in the wind. They have a lot of natural rhythm. All they need is the music. So let's give them a band of leaf musicians!
Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music
2. Look for leaves.
- drawing paper (a large sheet of newsprint, manila, or any other fairly absorbent paper)
- scrap paper
- jar of water
- paper towels
3. Print your leaf.
- Collect them from trees, bushes, flowers
- If they've fallen on the ground, be sure they're not too crumbly. If they're still on the plants, be sure to ask before you pick!
- Find a variety of shapes and sizes.
4. Make the scene.
- Put your leaf on the scrap paper, with the rough side of the leaf facing up.
- Use your paintbrush to spread watercolors all over this side of the leaf. Don't use too much water if you want your colors to be bright!
- Put the leaf on your large sheet of paper, paint side down.
- Cover the leaf with a paper towel. Press down firmly, but be sure not to move the leaf. You don't want a blurry picture!
- Remove the paper towel and the leaf, and admire your leaf print!
5. Let your leaves sing and dance.
- Choose new leaves to print. Look for shapes that will add to your picturea round leaf print can be someone's face, long ones can be legs.
- You can use a leaf more than once, and you can paint it with more than one color. But be sure to clean your brush before you change color.
- Use your markers to add details.
- Will your biggest leaf be playing the guitar? Will your small one be the lead singer? And what is that funny dance they're all doing? Do you think I can learn it, too?