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Geometric Winter Trees

This winter tree project is about learning to mix different shades of green. Keep the drawing simple so there’s plenty of time to experiment.

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  • Multimedia Paper
  • Crayola Watercolor Mixing Set
  • Crayons
  • Hole Punch
  • White paper, scraps
  • White glue


1. To begin, I asked the students to draw at least three triangles trees, with simple trunks, and a wavy ground line. If you’d like to do this with kinder or first graders, I’d recommend cutting lots of triangles from cardboard so kids can trace them. The project is really about mixing colors so if you have short classes, this will help students have large trees that are easy to paint.

2. When the pencil drawing was complete, they had the option of tracing their trees and coloring their trunks with brown or black crayons.

3. Next, the fun part, making green. Once the students figured out that the cyan + yellow made a pretty turquoise green, some realized that yellow + the dark blue included in the tray made a nice mossy green. From there, proportions of color could change, or white could be added to make a tint of a color. I encouraged students to leave the ground white, but it was optional. They sky could be painted any color as I hate to make too many rules.

4. To finish, small white paper circles made with a hole punch were glued on top to make a sprinkle of snow.

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