What we've been working on:
Grade 2 studied leaf patterns this October, and noticing the beautiful fall colors against the crisp blue sky, added a study of warm vs. cool color families. They drew the leaves by starting with a long chalk line down the middle of the paper, then added sections and lobes until it looked complete. They were encouraged to create a color pattern of their own design in the leaf or mix different hot colors together if they wished. They added cool colors to the background with oil pastel, then concentrated watercolor paint, and finished it off with a smooth black outline to make it all stand out. Their work has beautifully decorated the Ocean hallway this fall.
I originally found this lesson here: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/leaf-paintings/