Full Moon Tree

Full moon tree artThis full moon tree painting is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring.

MATERIALS
Multimedia paper
• Old CD for tracing
Chalk pastels (blue and purple recommended)
Tempera cake paint, black
• Paint brush, water

DIRECTIONS
1. Students traced a CD on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper. The background of the “moon” was colored with blue and purple chalk pastel by shading and then blending with fingers. Take care to not make too much chalk dust so the moon stays clean and white.
2. Black tempera cake worked well for the trees. No need to draw, just start by painting lines and then adding details. With generous brushing with water, the color gets very opaque and flowed from the brush. I had my 1st graders paint centered, straight trees, but 2nd on up distorted them by making them angle up from the corners. Students were encouraged to make a thick trunk with lots of branches that gradually end with pointy tips.

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6 Responses

  1. cp
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    I don’t know about black tempura cake. It sounds like it’s a dry paint and then you use a wet brush over it. What else could be used for the tree? Also, what about the bat like shapes? I’m art challenged and teach 2nd grade. Thanks.

  2. kathybarbro
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    I used a Pacon multi-media paper, which is left empty for a pretty white moon.

  3. Claudia
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    Thank you for inspiration…what paper did you use? oak tag? was the moon the same color of the paper?

  4. Kathy
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    My students traced an old CD, and then colored around it. Worked like a charm on 9″ x 12″ paper.

  5. Julianne
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    I love this! One question, how did you do the moon? It just pops off the page.

  6. Phyllis
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    I just wanted to thank you for this inspiration. I do art projects with my autistic 21-year old son and this one was perfect for him. We tweaked it a bit to suit our needs and supplies, but it still turned out great. Thank you.
    http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/super-blood-moon-eclipse-art.html

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