Nature Study: Tree Trunk Slices

My students love creating the wood slices! Why you ask? Because each one represented the age of the child. Students delighted in mixing up shades of brown. Brown is such a neutral color but when 7 and 8 years old are mixing up new shades the delight exploded right off the paper. Each one of these was so unique and was one of their favorite projects for my little artists.

Inspiration for project

Supplies Needed

• Square white drawing paper

• Pencil

• Paintbrush

• Neutral colors of tempera paint- brown, tan, peach, yellow, black and white

• Scissors

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Keep on Exploring and Creating!


  • Karen

    October 26, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    I LOVE this! I’m going to give it a try with my Grade 1 class when we start to study plants.

  • Rebecca King

    October 25, 2023 at 9:21 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! One of my 6th grade students is going to do this project. They have to have a theme for their artwork and hers is NATURE!!

  • Evelyn

    November 27, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Such beauty at the center of nature.
    Thank you.

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