Here is a super easy lesson that incorporates many art principals. It takes one 45-minute art class to complete this project if you use small sheets of paper. I used half-sheets of colored construction paper (12″ x 9″). If you have more time, use full sheets (12″ x 18″) and the results will be even better.
You will need:
– 12″ x 9″ colored paper
– Tray of white, black, light gray and dark gray tempera paint
Snow and Background Trees
Draw a line across the top third of the paper and fill the space below it with white paint. This is the layer of “snow”.
Using the lightest gray paint, paint a winter tree: thick tree trunk and spindly branches. These trees are in the background and therefore are the lightest color. Start at the snow line and paint towards the top of the paper. Paint right off the top.
Using the medium gray, paint the middle-ground trees. Begin painting in the center of the snow. Paint as many as you would like and make sure the tree branches extend off the top of the paper and over the background tree branches.
Using the black paint, paint the trees closest to you. These trees are near the bottom of the paper. Extend the branches off to the side and top of the paper. Kids at this age want to stop painting the branches before they go off the edge and will often resist painting over the other branches. Help them see that the tangle of colors and branches is a good thing! Add a snowman if you have time and if you are really in a good mood, let them splatter white paint for snow! Enjoy
Second and Third Grade Winter Trees…
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I am so glad I found your blog…you have great art lessons for kids! Thank you!
Ditto! Your art projects are great, and the level of detail makes it easily "re-teachable" for your readers. Thank you!
These turned out really well 🙂 My little girl is doing a black and white theme in nursery this month, this project would be perfect! 🙂
I did this art project with my kids but all our construction paper curled up overnight and doesn’t look very good. Does anyone have a tip on how to keep the paper from curling up?
It would be good to note that when I say construction paper, I do mean a good school grade drawing paper also knowns as sulphite paper. It’s a grade above regular construction paper that you might get a craft store. So that would be my first suggestion: use Tru-Ray Sulphite paper. It holds up well for any project I do.
Another thing is to control the amount of water the kids use. Too much water can cause this type of paper to buckle, but it’s not terrible. I suspect that the paper you are using might be a really low grade. Do you know the brand?
You could tape the paper down with masking tape but this seems like an unnecessary step for this level of project.
LOVE this blog! We did this lesson last weekend with a group of 14 students, mostly ages 5-7. The kids really had a great time. We added snowmen, a moon, and glitter for snowflakes. You can see some of them here: http://www.facebook.com/events/151783331598944/#!/pages/FEAR-NO-ART-Nashville/275117175834605
Fantastic love your site.
Just finished this project with my second grade…..they loved it thank you?
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These projects are so cute and very adaptable at every ages in school. Students can release their imagination and creativity, just by giving them some ideas, clues and keys to work.
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