The first day of spring is almost upon us. Let’s celebrate by learning to draw a crisp beautiful spring leaf. Why is it important to learn how to draw a leaf? Because leaves are the building blocks of nature for children – second only to flowers! Think back to when you were little, how often did your drawings included flowers, grass, leaves, and trees? It’s time to learn one of the simplest building blocks of nature – the leaf – in this simple step-by-step drawing tutorial. This tutorial and our many others are suitable for ages 3 to 8.
Do you want more free nature coloring pages? Check out these free coloring pages of flowers, spring, and nature.
✏️ TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
- How-To-Draw Template – International (A4) or U.S. Size (8.5×11 in)
- Sketching Pencil
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Marker
- Coloring Tools
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need for these how-to-draw tutorials are: eraser, pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Draw a Leaf
- Leaves are commonly in a willow shape, but, in case you don’t know what willow is, we can compare it to a football. So, draw a football-like shape in a slanting position leaving the lower end slightly open.
- A leaf has a small stem when picked from its tree. In the leaf’s slightly open corner, draw two diagonal lines parallel to each other and combine them with a short horizontal line below. Then, trace the middle of the leaf with two diagonal lines that are closely parallel with each other. Now you have a leaf with midrib!
- Leaves have a lot of veins spreading in them so let’s start drawing adjacent lines. Fill each side with slanted lines pointing upwards and adjacent to the midrib.
- Now you can draw a cartoon willow leaf! Let’s hit it with some green because it’s spring! Of course, you can color your leaf any color, some leaves are red, orange, yellow, and even purple!
Printing & Saving Info:
- The instant print button is in the upper left-hand corner. If you don’t see the instant print icon on mobile, toggle your mobile browser to “Desktop View” and you should be able to see it. Turning on “Desktop View” is on the upper right of your browser screen under “Settings.”
- To decrease load time we put large images on different sub-pages. Use the navigation on the top and bottom of the galleries to toggle.
- Fits both A4 sizes and fits US standard letter sizes but preview your specs just in case.
- Want to save a file for later? Just hit the print button and choose instead of printing, select Save As “PDF” in the drop-down selection, and done! (Your screen and selection might look a little different.)
Interesting Facts about Leaves
- Leaves change color as the seasons change.
- Leave has the additional function as storage space for their water and chemical energy.
- The sunlight absorbed by leaves is maximized due to the broad surface area. The thinness makes it easier for the sunlight penetrating through it.
- There are separate upper and lower portions of the leaves. The number of stomata, color, shape, texture, and hairiness can be seen from it.
- A giant edible arum is the largest undivided leaf.
- A leaf has a collection of tissues in a regular organization.
- The plant with largest leaves in world is Raphia regalis.
- A leaf gets its green color from chlorophyll; this pigment allow plants to absorb energy from light.
- The color of the leaves appears to depend on the species of the tree: red maples turn scarlet, sugar maples may turn orangey-red, oaks may turn brown, red, or a combination of both, and aspens may turn golden.
- There is a maple leaf on Canada’s coat of arms and the Canadian flag.
- When sugar gets trapped in leaves, that’s what casuses the reddish, purple colors in leaves.
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