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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Birch Tree paintings by Grade 5

This lesson combined many learning techniques.  We began with a simple watercolor lesson using washes,  and color blending to create a cold winter sky.  On a second sheet of paper we created washes of grey focusing on different value tones, the students dragged the paint across the paper using cardboard. At this point our goal was not to create the birch trees but rather to just experiment with the different value washes.   Once this paper was dry the students cut out several strips of paper which would be used to represent the birch tree.  Once again they used the edge of a small piece of cardboard dipped in black watercolor and stamped onto the trees to create texture. The next step was to create a pleasing composition on their painted watercolor paper.  Shadows were painted in the foreground and white paint was sponged to create the snow covered.  As a final touch green paint was taken out to sponge some vegetation around the trees.  There were many steps to this very involved lesson which took four forty minute art classes.  But as you can see it was well worth the effort and so much learning took place.





4 comments:

  1. Love these! We started winter birch trees in 3rd grade before we left for break...when we get back, we'll start painting the sky! Birch trees are always one of my favorite projects to do with the kids!

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    1. Thank you! This project is always a hit and always turns out differently with each year!

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  2. These are lovely. I did something like it, but I like the idea with the footprints. Thank you for sharing :D

    Greetings from at Danish art teacher www.tatjanaknudsen.blogspot.dk ( Meet the Creative Part of Me)

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    1. Thank you Tatjana for the nice comment. This is always a popular lesson with the children and parents.

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