Great for landscape, mixed media, collage....architecture...seasons...
This project took three 1 hour class periods.
Day One: Paint background.
Day Two: Build tree/leaves.
Day Three: Treehouse and ladder.
Here's the finished product:
Day One: Talk about Landscapes and paint background.
---- White 9"x18" paper, tempera paint, oil pastels, water cups and variety of sizes brushes----
Draw horizon line first with oil pastel, build mountains or hills on that line. Then start painting grass...then sky.
I gave out a tray of blue, green, yellow, white and purple tempera paint in little cups.
Day Two: Building the tree.
We did some tree sketches in our idea books first and looked at some images of trees to inpsire us.
I cut a 9x12" paper in half lengthwise and gave this to each kid.
First we drew a curved line from the top of one corner down to the bottom on each side.
Cut along the line and save all scraps for branches!
These are upside down...but you get the idea....
Draw a "V" at the top of the tree....
Cut it out.
Cut up scraps to make branches.
Collage together! (Right side up of course...)
Day 3: Treehouse and ladder.
I handed out a small rectangle of white paper for the treehouse. We reviewed architecture and I handed out my architectural detail papers to give them ideas for windows, doors, building materials etc.
We drew 2 house ideas, one on the front and the back and they chose their favorite one. Then they outlined with a black marker and colored with crayons. This could have been done with watercolors also, but I was worried about time!
Next, we cut those out and glued them into our tree branches.
Lastly, we built the ladder which might be my favorite part! I cut a bunch of strings and gave each student 2. The best way we found to glue the strings was to "draw with glue" two long lines coming down from the treehouse going all the way to the bottom of the tree. Then just lay the string in the glue. The key is not to touch it too much or it will stick to your fingers and mess up. I helped a lot with this step.
For the ladder steps, I dropped a pile of toothpicks and wooden coffee stirrer sticks in the middle of their tables and they could use one or both for steps. We snapped the coffee stirrers in half but the toothpicks were just the right size.
They also drew lines of glue across the tree and just layed the sticks in the glue. For the most part, they stayed in place. Tacky glue might be better or Elmer's Glue All would probably do the job.