Fall Tree Silhouette

One of the drawing tendencies I would love to break students from is making trees with blunt ended branches. I think it comes from thinking of them as a series of rectangles, when actually they are more like a bunch of very skinny and pointed triangles. 1. I had the students use a chisel tip black permanent marker on coated white paper (found some at local Kelly paper store) and start with drawing a … Read More

Kandinsky Tree Collage

If you combine the idea of rings of color with a tree, you get a Kandinsky tree collage. Try to have the students make as much variation as possible – some thin, thick, large, small and so on.   MATERIALS • Warm colored card stock paper, for the leaves • Cool card stock paper, for the ground and sky • Black card stock paper, for the trunk • Scissors • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Blowing Leaves Fall Tree

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. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS 1. Students start by painting an off-center tree, with trunks and branches. A thick trunk with thinner branches work best. 2. Colored leaves in varying sizes are painted next. Some may be left on … Read More

Oil Pastel Tree

I found this project on Artsonia.com. 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 smaller “Y”  on each side, alternating as they go up each branch. To make the “Y”  the most realistic, they … Read More

Kandinsky Fall Tree

If you combine the idea of rings of color with a tree, you get a Kandinsky tree collage. Try to have the students make as much variation as possible – some thin, thick, large, small.   MATERIALS • Warm colored card stock paper, for the leaves • Cool card stock paper, for the ground and sky • Black card stock paper, for the trunk • Scissors • Glue stick   DIRECTIONS 1. A green … Read More

How To Draw a Fall Tree

I love how this tutorial idea 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 DIRECTIONS 1. Students draw a large “Y” on their paper. 2. They add smaller “Y”  on each side, alternating as they go up each branch. To make the “Y”  the most realistic, they should be directed upward towards the sky. 3. When … Read More

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