Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Painting Fall Trees With Kids

She is a WONDERFUL art teacher
and has so many great ideas
(she's on my sidebar and one of my regular must-reads).

I saw these fall trees this summer
and couldn't wait to do a version
with my own artists in residence.

She used watercolor washes for her beautiful
fall color backgrounds
but we decided to try out
tissue paper collage on ours.

I remember making paintings like this with
my mom and her watercolors when I was a little girl.

First we glued some
(shades of orange) tissue paper
squares to a fuscia sheet of paper.

Then we made a big, wet,
black watercolor puddle
at the bottom of the page.

Then I gave the Frog Princess
a straw from our Inventions Box
(you can also use a ballpoint pen tube)
and told her to blow.

You may need to add a little more
of a puddle to your paint blob
as you go to get the tree going.

You could also do this with very watery
paint (watered down tempera)

I love the black tree silhouette against the bold colors.
Happy Fall Crafting!


Amy said...

Love this! Looks so fun, will have to try it with my little ones.

Maria said...

Ooooh, I love this! We are definitely going to try this soon! Thanks!

Mama King said...

So cool! My 4 year old would really love this.

Rebecca said...

So cool that you use a straw!

Cindy said...

So totally cool. Thanks for posting. Love it!

Rebecca said...

Oh I love that idea! That would be a great art project for our elementary school classes! Thanks for sharing :)

Anne said...

Lovely! I think I'm going to set something like this up soon!

Bridgett said...

My kids would have so much fun with this!!!!

GREAT idea.

Wendy Hawksley said...

What a beautiful painting! I'm going to have to see if we have tissue-paper at the BX... And check out "That Artist Woman".

Megan said...

How creative! Very cute! =)

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!! =)

Once Upon a Parent said...

This is a great project and perfect for my boys that love blowing milk bubbles with their straws!

Inner Toddler said...

these are amazing projects! I am desperate for ideas to occupy my son for the two hours while his sister naps. He is going to LOVE this. And me too!

kate said...

what a cool idea! i think i know a couple kids who would enjoy the straw aspect....

thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

: )

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