Elementary Art, 2nd Grade Autumn Leaf Painting: Positive and Negative Space

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Look Between the Lines
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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49 pages
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Teach your elementary art students the basics of positive and negative space, overlapping, and using color to create contrast through this autumn leaf mixed media painting. 

This 3 to 4 day lesson is designed for second grade art students, but can be used in 2nd-5th grade art classes. The mixed media project uses pencil, crayon, sharpie, wet on wet watcolor techniques, and marker to create a beautiful and seasonal work of art. 

All in all this lesson includes: 
➣Lesson plan (including essential questions, objectives, vocabulary, national standards, step by step instructions, and so much more)
➣3 PowerPoint presentations (also in PDF format) to show at the beginning of each class as an introduction, review, and to display step by step instructions. 
➣Images from artist exemplar, Horace Pippin
➣Checklist rubric
➣Reflection worksheet

Teach your visual art students how to combine a variety of elements of art and techniques into one beautiful work of art. 

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This product was created in collaboration with my amazing, wonderful mother, Anne Ward. She is a retired elementary art teacher of over 30 years. She has a wealth of knowledge in the art education field and still teaches private lessons, summer sessions, and acts as a resource for her former school county. My mom is the reason I became an art educator and now I am so excited to team up with her so she can help inspire other art teachers!
Total Pages
49 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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