3rd and 4th grade have been working on one of my all time favorite projects this week! (Yes, by now you may have guessed that every project we do is my favorite!) Using black tempera paint and vibrant oil pastels they created a stunning banyan tree silhouetted against a sunset background and reflected in water. This project also introduced the concept of negative space. ‘The interesting pockets of space that are created within the branches and trunks of this drawing are the ‘negative space’ (or space around the object.) Compositions are improved when artists give careful attention to the space around objects and how they relate to the subject in the painting rather than leaving the space empty.’ Dynamic Art Projects for Children: Includes Step-by-step Instructions And Photographs Denise M. Logan Students were guided through the drawing of the banyan tree and then painted the trunk and branches with black tempera paint. Adding color with oil pastels involved care and patience. Students were encouraged to blend their oil pastels after applying on paper in order to create a smooth transition between colors. The final touch was to create the appearance of reflections in the water by using a black oil pastel to add irregular zig zag lines where the tree trunks met the water. Great job 3rd and 4th grade 🙂 If you and your child wish to learn more about the banyan tree and the Indian culture, please click on the following link to see a wonderful, nine minute video presented by two school aged sisters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2_Ruh4ZRvc
Students adding color to their compositions with oil pastels.