Gary’s Tree Stool

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Here’s another great example of my brother-in-law’s woodworking skills. It’s about 18″ tall and incredibly sturdy and strong. I can’t get over how much I like just looking at it.

Cardboard Treehouse

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional afterschool classes this school year, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. On Friday they made these treehouses, and got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. NOTE: There was a bit of prep work for this, but … Read More

Scotch Tape Fall Trees

All the supplies for these fall art trading cards actually came from my local Staples store. It seems they now stock this cool new Scotch Expressions masking tape, which makes the perfect tree collage art. 1. Cut 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards from cardstock paper. 2. Students use an assortment of Scotch masking tape to cut and … Read More

Blowing Leaves Fall Tree

The basic concept behind perspective is learning that the further away objects are, the smaller they appear. This painting idea comes from one of the Usborne art books, all of which I am very fond of. 1. Students start by painting an off-center tree, with trunks and branches. A thick trunk with thinner branches work best. … Read More

Geometric Winter Trees

This Geometric Winter Trees project will help students focus on making lots of shades of green. I asked mine to make at least three different ones for a simple but colorful abstract landscape.    MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Crayola Watercolor Mixing Set • Crayons • Hole Punch • White paper, scraps • White glue   … Read More

Winter Birch Trees

This Winter Birch Tree project uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Masking tape • Scissors • Watercolor paint, blue • Table salt • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor … Read More

Oil Pastel Tree

I found this project on I love how it makes students think of trees as a series of branches, and not just a fluffy shape that sits on a stick. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil Pastels, I like the Portfolio brand for blending DIRECTIONS 1. Students draw a large “Y” on their paper. 2. They add … Read More