Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for a Circle Grid Tree Art and Grid Tree Coloring Page, inspired by the amazing work of Loretta Grayson.
Grid Tree Drawing
Thanks again to the amazing art of Loretta Grayson, who inspired this project. You can see more of her art here: rettgrayson. This fun fall drawing project of showing a warm circle tree against a cool grid background has been a classroom favorite for years.
I loved how Loretta’s tree included a fun color lesson about warm and color colors. The only catch was the project needed to start with getting a background grid on the paper. Older students might be able to make their own, but younger ones would probably struggle with making one with that many straight lines.
Good news! My PDF download includes a full size sample, step-by-step tutorial AND a grid template on page 3. Students can use all that saved time for neat coloring of all those boxes. The neater and more colorful they are, the nicer the finished tree looks.
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Materials to draw a Circle Grid Tree
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
How to Draw Circle Grid Tree Art Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw a Grid Tree
- Print the template on page 3.
- Draw two tree lines as shown.
- Add a V shape inside.
- Draw more branches in the circle.
- Trace with a black marker.
- Fill the tree with a black marker.
- Color the inside of the tree with warm colors.
- Color the bottom with green squares.
- Fill the sky with blue squares.