You will quickly learn that I love tree art. As Kindergarteners prepared for winter with Y trees, first graders captured the essence of the current season with these textured fall trees.
First we use oil pastels and line direction (vertical or horizontal) to make scratchy and/or smooth texture. Then we discussed how artists use nontraditional materials sometimes, in this case, to create certain textures--ask your child what texture means. Our barky trunks and branches were created using tempera paint and cotton swabs. And the leaves were done with crumpled up pieces of paper. Ask your child about the importance of blotting!