Winter Folk Art Trees | Easy art lesson for kids using marker and watercolor to make colorful simple winter trees

Winter Folk Art Trees



These Folk Art Trees created with wintery colors is a quick and easy art project to do when days are cold and short. Packed with art standards, this 60-minute project teaches line, pattern, shape and watercolor techniques.

– Watercolor paper or regular all-purpose paper
– Black Sharpie (or waterproof) marker
– Medium paintbrush
– Liquid watercolor paints (pan watercolors are great, too)

Download the FREE Winter Folk Art Tree Drawing Guide below: (*NOTE: We recommend downloading the freebie using Chrome or Safari.)


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Sharpie art project, simple for elementary kids

Drawing the trees…
Draw tree trunks with a Sharpie or waterproof black marker. Start near the top of the paper and draw the trunk until it extends off the bottom.
Add branches, shapes and lines as shown in the handout and video but feel free to create your own folk art trees.

Watercolor winter trees

Painting the trees…
Use liquid watercolor paints to create a halo of color around the tree branches. If you don’t want the colors of paint to bleed, make sure to allow for space between each halo OR paint a few and then add in more after the first trees dry. This approach takes longer.

Fill in with the various tree colors and allow to dry before attempting to paint background (about 10 minutes).

Easy winter watercolor trees childrens art lesson

Painting the background…
Select a color that is different from any of the tree colors and apply around the tree shapes. Allow to dry, then admire your work!

I’d love to see what your students created. Share your art on Instagram and tag us @deepspacesparkle

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Winter Folk Art Trees | Easy kids winter art lesson with markers and watercolors

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  • Cynthia F Martel

    Thank you Patty! I started off not knowing what to do with Kindergarten 15 years ago and you saved me with your blog.

  • Denna Stamper

    I tried to download, and nothing downloaded. Is it the link or something on my end that is “amiss”?

    • Bethany

      Hi Denna! Everything is working on our end. If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy.

    • Jana

      Beautiful art lesson as always. Thank you so much!

    • Christina

      It didn’t work for me when I used Google Chrome. I had to use Safari browser to get the download to work.

    • Laura

      I also requested the lesson, but got a different pack instead… no Folk Art Trees. I got a polar bear, Martin Luther King Jr., and winter tree silhouette.

      • Patty

        Hi Laura,
        I just tested the download link and all seems to be fine on my end. Are you clicking the box that “Click to Download”? When I tested the link, I added my name and email and received the Folk Art Trees. Try again and see what happens.

  • Marissa Salgado

    What grade or ages would you suggest for this project? So cute I can’t wait to do it.

  • Jess

    What grade should I use this with?

    • Bethany

      Hi Jess! That’s a great question! I think 3rd grade would be a good base grade level for the Folk Art Trees (to get big trees with details, like the examples.). I hope that helps.

  • Dru

    This is such fun! Thanks!

  • Christy Pilson

    Love this!!!

  • Charlene Brown

    Love it, can not wait to try it!

  • Angela Price Rubin


  • A

    Love it!

  • Cynthia Remski

    Very pretty project! Going to do this with my art class next week. I love the combination of cool watercolors to make a wintry effect. Thank you!

  • Ronda Lyden

    I love the variety of trees made with simple shapes and lines.

  • Laurice Batterson

    Great Idea I can break this into two lessons to blow drying time.

  • Laurice Batterson

    I clicked on the download link and did not get the drawing guide. Can you please send me one

  • Sunflowerstudioflorence

    Great, last minute art lesson for cold, gray, days!!!

  • paula

    HI Bethany,

    I think I found everyone’s problem. I use Firefox and I thought I would try to install Chrome to get this to download. It worked! So I think the problem is for anyone not using Chrome. Maybe you lovely ladies could try to make these compatible with Firefox as well. I think that is why so many people are having problems.
    Thanks for all your hard work!! Y^_^Y

    I posted this on the Chinese New Year Tiger as well.

    Oh and 春節快樂喔!! (Happy Lunar New Year)

  • Mandy

    Looks like a great activity. Gives the students an opportunity to learn to draw trees in a variety of ways, instead of the same old way all the time.

  • Cecilia Doyle

    Love these…will be so fun with my K students

  • Carrie King

    When I clicked the link to download the activity, nothing happened. Could you send it to me please? Thanks!

    • Bethany

      Hi Carrie! Thanks so much for requesting this lesson. If you added your email address we will send it directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your spam or junk folder in case it ended up there by mistake. Enjoy.

  • Dianne

    I just love the creative way with trees!

  • Merryl Cronrod

    Thank you so much! I love this lesson.

  • denita allen

    This looks wonderful but, I am having trouble downloading the drawing guide. Can you help me with this? thank you

    • Bethany

      Hi Denita! Thanks so much for requesting our lesson! If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the pdf directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your spam folder in case our email ended up there on accident. The download hasn’t been working as well if you use the Firefox browser so be sure to try using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Tanya

    Love it

  • Kathy

    Looks great! As soon as I get my watercolors in I’ll try it.

  • Diane Chee

    I like deepsparkle. Its so wonderful to download.

  • Val

    Thanks, love these winter colors!

  • lucasc6

    Awesome thanks
    I’m teaching line at the moment and this worked well with P-6 children

  • lucasc6

    Awesome thanks
    I’m teaching line at the moment and this worked well with P-6 children

  • fred b matel

    good and awsome

  • Tori

    Love this idea thanyou! What is the name of the picture book you show in the background at the end? I enjoy drawing on our literacy time to create our art. Many thanks. Tori

  • Gail

    Just love this idea. Just need to buy 20 Sharpies and our school won’t like that. Oh dear.

  • katie

    The lesson will not download. 🙁

    • Bethany

      Hi Katie! The link to the download seems to be working on our end, I just tested it. We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Be sure to check your spam or junk folders.

  • Linda Hollier

    Hi, I tried to download the winter tree drawing guide and I received ‘how to teach SPACE’ when I click on the link it’s all about space.

    • Bethany

      Hi Linda! You’re absolutely right! We will get this fixed right away. Thanks so much for letting us know.

  • Jennifer

    What is the book/story you read as inspiration??

  • Angela

    This look so fun to try!

  • Marilyn

    Love this simple , easy to create lesson. Love the colors and the guided lesson plans!

  • Leah

    Beautiful idea, I will be doing this one with my after school club

  • Sharon Pitt

    What kind of paint did you use? It’s so vibrant!

    • Bethany

      Hi Sharon! This is Bethany from Customer Support. It looks like we are using Liquid Watercolors for this project. One of our favorite brands is from Colorations! Enjoy.

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