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!

13 comments:

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.

: )

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...