Paint a Winter Tree
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If you paint a winter tree, you have the chance to study and draw them without any worries about leaves. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this … Read More

Cardboard Treehouse
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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 … Read More

Scotch Tape Fall Trees
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All the supplies for these fall art trading cards actually came from my local Staples store. MATERIALS Card stock paper, cream colored Scotch Expressions masking tape Scissors Black ultra thin Sharpie marker … Read More

Fall Tree Silhouette
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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, … Read More

Moon and Tree Silhouette
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I tried this project three different ways today, and the third time ended up the charm. First was with a black chalk pastel sky (too dark), then gray (looked good, but chalk … Read More

Kandinsky Tree Collage
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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, … Read More

Blowing Leaves Fall Tree
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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. … Read More

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Trees
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My goal for my watercolor students is to have them learn how to bleed colors together when they want, and keep them separate when they do not. This series of modern trees … Read More

Birds in a Tree Painting
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My watercolor project for today was inspired by a stock art drawing, simplified again and again until it felt doable for even kinders. 1. Draw the mother bird, then the baby, then … Read More

Geometric Winter Trees
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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 … Read More

Winter Birch Trees
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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 • … Read More

Stained Glass Tree
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This can really look like a stained glass tree if you use bright colors in the negative space around the tree. I love the combo of black Sharpie trees and then soft … Read More

Oil Pastel Tree
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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 … Read More

Positive / Negative Scratch Tree
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This starts as a “negative” scratch art picture and is completed as a “positive” marker drawing. Students can become more familiar with both terms while they make a spooky night drawing. 1. … Read More

Kandinsky Fall Tree
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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, … Read More

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