Looking for a fast art project to do with your students? This cute Christmas tree car is quick (two @ 45-minute sessions ) and full of art techniques: symmetrical drawing, tints, reflections and perspective. Make sure to use a black oil pastel and not a black crayon when drawing the car or else the lines may not transfer.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-12” x 18” white drawing paper
-Cake Tempera Paint (I like Faber-Castell’s Connector Paints)
– Black oil pastel (not crayon)
-Medium round tip brush
-Metallic and/or colored oil pastels (optional)
Fold paper in half vertically. Use a black oil pastel to draw. It will transfer its color better than a crayon.
On one side of the paper, draw a narrow rectangle. This is the fender.
Below the rectangle, draw a wheel. It is shaped like a slightly curved rectangle.
Draw a circle for the head light
Draw a rounded corner rectangle for the grill
Draw the side of the car
Draw the roof of the car
Fold paper over and press with palm of hand. Rub back side of paper to transfer black oil pastel markings to the opposite side. Open up paper to reveal faint tracing. Trace over lines with oil pastel.
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Use cake tempera paints to paint a background and the details on the car. Cake tempera is much like watercolor paints but are more vibrant and intense. I like them better for this project because the paint will not cover up the lines like liquid tempera will.
Select ONE color of paint and mix with white. This creates a TINT.
The tint allows the details in the car to stand out. While children should choose their own color, discuss what colors will work with the drawing so that the car will be the focus.
Once the background is complete, the children can begin painting the car, tree and decorations.
This is the time to let children go wild! Pick their own colors, dream up a fancy car color and add festive details to the top of the roof.
Once the tempera paint has dried, it helps to trace over any lines that are hard to see. This is also a great time to use colored oil pastels to add details. I used metallic gold and silver pastels to add stripes on the gift packaging.
Children may want to add a string of Christmas lights, etc.
I can’t wait to see what your students created!