These were made at Christmas time and sent home on the last day of school before the break. I got the idea from http://plastiquem.blogspot.ca/2011/12/mes-tapes-dalbum.html. It is a spanish art teacher's website from Barcelona, which just goes to show that the language of art is universal. Even though I could not read her instuctions, I think I managed to do it justice. The students started by making light pencil lines in the form of a triangle. Then they put straight lines across the whole page (through the triangle). After, they traced their pencil lines with white pastels. Using watercolour, each box was coloured a differen shade. We were able to contain the watercolours inside the pastel lines. Students were asked to use cool colours on the inside of their tree and warm colours on the outside their tree. When using watercolours, they are encouraged to let the colours "pool" so that they get a varitey of tones in their finished piece. Our students were very proud of the results and were happy to take them home for the holidays.
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Renee Landry is an Elementary School Teacher in Rothesay, NB.
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