First graders enjoyed making their first painting in art class last month. We learned about leaves through the story Leaf Man. Then I taught students how to draw leaves. I actually did two different kinds of projects with different classes: one with radial symmetry (like the painting above) and one where students could draw leaves wherever they wanted to. I thought there would be clear results as to which method I liked better, but there isn't! I love the results of both lessons.
First, students drew leaves with crayons or oil pastels.