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.