The Forest.

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These fabulous paintings on watercolor paper were created
by 3rd and 4th grade art club members. 
Going along with our Nature Studies and Georgia O’Keeffe Unit, we created these fab projects in 40 minutes, all before school started at 8:30a.m.  
Step 1
We first talked about layering and how to apply layers on the paper. Students used tempera paint and painted the tops of trees. Two different sets of trees were painted, one set larger in the foreground using one color and one medium-sized set in the middle ground using another color. 


Lastly, at the bottom of the sulphite drawing paper #80lb
three different tempera colors were used over lapping each other to give the illusion that this is the forest in the background. 
Step 2 
These students were so excited that I gave them the spray bottle of watered down tempera to spray a texture look on their paper. Unfortunately, for me they didn’t have the best aim and major over spray hit my hand and arm as I held their papers. 
Oh well, lets just say the rumors were flying that the fourth graders were spraying me and that I had a really discolored arm! lol.
 I didn’t care, they are such great kids and hey, paint can be washed off, right?  
The parents were telling me the next day about how excited their children were after that 1st meeting.
Step 3
Glue down painted paper strips that resemble the trunks of the trees. These strips were pre-painted in a previous class. To make painted paper check out this blog post for some helpful tips.
Step 4
Stamp and/or paint smaller branches on the trunks with black tempera paint.
This was really easy to do and gives a great design
 element to the paintings.
Painting Branches with Small Brushes


Stamping branches with cardboard
The students just loved creating them.
Here are some of their finished paintings.
12 x 18 sulphite Paper at least #80
Tempera Paints
Various Brushes
Painted Paper Strips
Enjoy and Keep on Creating!
Laura 🙂




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  • Reply
    gretchen buwalda
    September 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Beautiful. The layering of interesting pattern, shape and colour adds to the overall impact. I am pinning. Thank you.

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    Christie - Fine Lines
    September 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Hmmmmm. A great use for all those narrow strips of painted paper I have stored in a box. Thanks!!!

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    September 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I just love all the different processes that you used in this project! I agree. The work is fabulous!

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    Barbara Ross
    September 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    excellent ideas,,,,, thankyou

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    Tatjana Knudsen
    October 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    These ars just so wonderful. I love the abstract expression. Your students did well 🙂

    Tatjana Knudsen (tatjanaknudsen.blogspot.com = Meet the Creative Part of Me)

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    October 8, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Wow, these came out so pretty and the textures are amazing! I'll be featuring this on The Crafty Crow soon!

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    October 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Wow, I have to try this with my kids! Thanks for this beautiful post!!

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