Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

This week we completed a fun spring-y project.

Last week, after finishing up our sunsets, the kids prepped a background for their cherry tree paintings. This just meant using our largest paintbrushes to paint a big white piece of paper a pretty light blue.

This week, with the light blue papers dry, we were ready to add our cherry trees. We began by using squares of cardboard as tools for printing. The kids dipped the edge of their cardboard into brown paint then pressed those edges onto the paper to create the trunk of a tree. This was followed by carefully printing the branches on.

Last (but not least), the kids used empty thread spools to add bright pink cherry blossoms to their trees.

These trees have so much personality! Hope you enjoyed them!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunset Landscapes

Today we worked on drawing, tracing and painting skills!

We began by working together on a landscape sketch. Beginning in the foreground (at the bottom of the page), we added large overlapping flowers. Behind flowers these we added rolling hills. Then finally we added a large sun with rays in the far background. The kids were then encouraged to add their own unique patterns and designs to each of the sections.

After completing their drawings, the kids used permanent markers to carefully trace their drawings. Then they added color using watercolors!

The kids were encouraged to paint slowly and carefully and to add color with care. Many of the kids used the tops of their watercolor sets as a place to mix their own colors. Very exciting!

Hope you enjoyed these! Next week we will be celebrating spring by making our own cherry blossom trees!