Monday, November 21, 2011

Abstract trees, 1st grade

teacher example
First graders looked at artist drawings of realistic and abstract trees and discussed why an artist might choose to make things look different than they do in real life.  We also reviewed secondary colors and making tints and shades.  We created the lines for the trunks and stems using silver and black sharpies, which tend to dry out quickly when drawing over dried tempera, so if you try this maybe use a metallic colored pencil..  We used this example from Pinterest (original artist: Eloise Renouf) to spark our thinking.


  1. I had pinned that piece on Pinterest too. LOVE your kids' interpretations! I'm going to have to give it a try.

  2. I like the variety of lines and patterns in these trees.
    Beautiful interpretation from your students.

  3. Pinned it too! So beautiful! This is my next lesson in first grade. Thanks!

  4. Repin! Love these little trees!

    Made me think of this:
    and this:

  5. This is a very nice lesson. I like the variety and also that you tied in secondary colors. Nice work! I may try something like this with some of my classes.

  6. Oh my goodness Hope! I did a very similar art activity with my year 1 students... how funny!


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