Trees are such a big part of Shady Oak that it’s difficult not to center an art project around them each year! The 2nd and 3rd grade class worked on creating a tree from a different perspective, viewing it from the ground up. This project was inspired by a picture I came across on the Artsonia website http://www.artsonia.com/museum/art.asp?id=4219700&exhibit=157998&gallery=y.
The students created their tree in a few simple stages. They were given a 12″ by 18″ piece of paper and were instructed to draw two lines beginning close to the corners of each side of the bottom of the paper going up to two narrower points at the top of the paper. This was to be the tree trunk. We discussed perspective and how objects appear smaller the further away they are. The next step was to add branches. Students were encouraged to draw their branches going off the edges of their paper. This gives the impression of size, in this case something ‘big.’ The next step was to add color. The sky was painted first with a thin wash of blue watercolor paint. Next the leaves were added using four different colors of tempera paint; yellow, orange, red and green. The color was added with a sea sponge giving the leaves a wonderful ‘impressionistic’ feel. The next step was to paint the trunk and branches with brown tempera paint using vertical paint strokes to create dimension and texture. The final stage was to add black highlights to their tree to create a sense of depth. I think you’ll agree that the students did an amazing job! Fabulous work 2nd and 3rd 🙂