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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
4th Grade Watercolor Trees
We started these awesome trees at the end of my first six weeks at Suffield, and just finished them. You'll notice the green leaves and t-shirts in the photos from our outdoor classroom when the weather was much warmer.
To start, I showed the kids a Powerpoint of the presence of the tree throughout art history. We looked at works by Mondrian, van Gogh, Rembrandt, Hundertwasser, Klimt, and many others. After learning some tree-drawing strategies, we headed to the outdoor classroom to draw trees from life. We completed the drawings inside, outlined with Sharpie (I know, my favorite), and then painted with warm and cool colors of watercolor paint. We used watercolor paper, so many of the paintings really turned out bright and bold. The students were challenged to layer their paint to really get the best results possible from the special paper. The assignment was to just draw a realistic tree. Many of the students did just this, and many elaborated the idea into a bit more.