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Monday, June 6, 2022

Leaf Print Weaving- Nature Inspired

This is a nature weaving lesson I found on the Crayola website HERE which I've modified a bit.  
You essentially paint some paper, then paint the underside of leaves to create leaf prints, 
then weave twigs or grasses through the painted paper.

So Grade 4 - 6 students started off with a sheet of heavy white paper or even cardstock.
Fold it in half both ways so you have 4 equal sections.
Paint the sections whatever colours you like. We used watercolours, but you 
can use tempera cakes or acrylic. 

Gather some interesting leaves of various shapes and sizes; make sure they have strong veins on the backside, otherwise you won't get a decent print off of it. I missed photographing this step but paint the back of the leaf with black paint and make a leaf print in each section. 
Have students practice on scrap paper first until they get the hang of it. I like to use black for the dramatic contrast, but students chose whatever colours they liked.  Make a leaf print in each section.  I encourage the students to keep it fairly symmetrical or at least have the opposite sections match.

Let this paper dry. Once it's dry, fold it in half and cut some thin strips through it.  I draw a line across the top, about 3 cm thick, that I don't cut through.  This keeps the paper all together. You can measure the strips with a ruler or not- it's up to you. It doesn't have to be perfect. 
The thinner the strips, the longer it takes to weave, FYI.

For the nature weaving part, we gathered some long, dry grasses from a nature reserve near our school.  You could have the students gather think twigs as well.
We used about 15 'blades' of grass per artwork. You may need to cut them down to be just slightly longer than the width of your paper.

Then weave the grass through the paper: over, under, over, under and alternate for the next row.
After it's finished, we paint the back with white glue for extra strength and to keep the grasses all in place. You can trim off any ends that are too long or leave it au natural.

Some Grade 4 - 6 results!



Jacquelien said...

This is so nice! I will try it in autumn in my school!

Miss said...

Thank you Jacquelien- good luck!

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