Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Trees

This year 3rd grade created fall trees.  This was a great project we used to talk about space, blending, texture, highlights, shadows, form and shape!  I found this project on Pinterest which is a place I get many lesson ideas!

Learning goal:  I can show space.  We began by reviewing a number of ways to show space and then we focused on two ways: size and overlap.  We used perspective lines to show that as you look upwards the tree gets smaller.  We used overlapping to show how leaf clusters that are farther away hide behind clusters that are closer to the viewer.

After coloring the tree brown, we added highlights and shadows to make our tree trunks look more 3D and to show texture.

We practiced blending our warm colors to create a smooth transition between colors.

Finally, we painted our backgrounds blue! Everyone had great results!


  1. I really like this one. Great job Mrs. Seitz and kids!

  2. I really like this idea... I think I might use it for my third graders!