The grade 2\3 students enjoyed the 3D candy canes so much that I came up with this Christmas tree which uses the same shading concept. I drew the tree shape and the star for them to save some time in our 1 hour lesson. Although, if I had more time for my art lessons, I would definately tackle drawing the tree and star with the older grades. Oil pastels were blended on the tree by overlapping the colours as the colour is applied. The shading on the tree is created by using 2 shades of green and a white. the pastel is applied in a curve shaped motion to create the cylinder effect of the tree. For the star, students made a dot in the center of the star and extended lines from the dot to each angle of the star shape. The star was then coloured in interchanging shades of yellow. I think this tree would also look really great in non-traditional colours.
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Renee Landry is an Elementary School Teacher in Rothesay, NB.
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