Looking for a new twist on a Christmas tree art project. We’ve searched high and low to find and test out some of our favourites and here they are just for you!
When composing pieces like these we often encourage students to use an odd number of objects. We also ask them to have part of their drawing go off the page. Students have a page to use to practice the steps or skills before trying out their “good copy.” Give students direct instruction on how to use pastels, paint brushes or how to complete specific strokes. Don’t forget to teach students how to look after the different materials and resources.
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Triangle Pastel Trees
On a piece of drawing paper, use a green pastel to lightly outline the tree shape. Inside the tree, draw brightly coloured triangles, leaving white space in between each of the triangles. Add a truck for each tree, ground and sky. This project can easily be modified to use paint or markers depending on the supplies you have available.
Snowy Bare Trees
On a piece of blue construction paper, paint a snow base and then use black paint to paint simple trees. We often talk to our students about using the letter Y to form branches. Once the painting is done, spray or splatter white paint over the painting to show snow. A great way to make splatter is to use a toothbrush dipped in white paint and run it over a piece of taut screen.
Crayon, Coloured Pencils or Pastel Squiggly Trees
Using the medium on your choice on a piece of white paper, draw triangle shapes. Inside each tree draw curved lines in a pattern or design. You can use contrasting colours or analogous colours. Place a contrasting star on the top of each of the trees. Add a sky and ground to complete the picture.
Using a white piece of paper, use blue, purple and red watercolour paints to create an interesting horizon and sky. Since snow is white, students often have trouble creating realistic looking snow, so we encourage students to use a little bit of the dirty water to create shadows once the trees are painted on. To create evergreen trees we teach students to make quick, wiggly brush strokes starting from little strokes at the top down to long strokes at the bottom. We also encourage the use of perspective showing trees in the front are larger than trees closer to the back or horizon. For poplar trees, we show students how to draw a wide truck and then make a tall leaning brush stroke that gets thinner. We add Y strokes along the sides to make branches. Have students practice this before doing their own copy.
Using a grey piece of construction paper, use black pastel to draw branches and tree trunks. Use dark green pastel to draw evergreen branches. Use white pastel along the bottom of the picture to show snow on the ground. Once the drawing is complete, use white paint to add snow to the branches with light dabs. Q-tips or the back end of the paint brush can also be used for precision.
Remember, the difference between art and crafts is that art is subjective. Give students enough information to do the task, but remember they should all look different. These examples are just examples that show roughly what the projects might look like. They are by no means meant to be the only way your students can create their works of art. Do you have other favourite Christmas tree projects? Let us know and leave us links to some of the best in the comments below.