Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Create Your Own Rainy Day Masterpiece

It’s a rainy day here in Maryland. We’ve been having a lot of those lately and I know that a lot of you, at least in the U.S., have, also. So today, or the next time it rains, look out your window at the trees. Don’t they look dark and gloomy against the green and blue-grey background of the leaves and rain?

I must admit that I did not think of this project on my own. I saw it in a school where I worked last week and was so impressed by the artwork the students created that I knew I had to share it with you.

I recommend this project for upper elementary students as the paper cutting can be a bit tricky. It can be adapted for younger students though. Instead of keeping the black paper in one piece, just cut out individual tree shapes and glue them down.
Supplies Needed:

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paints
Black Construction Paper
Glue Stick
Gather your materials and cover your workspace.

Begin by cutting tree shapes into your black construction paper. Leave a border around the edges. This will keep your paper in one piece. You’re just trying to create the impression of trees; they don’t have to be perfect.
Set your tree paper aside and turn to your watercolor paper. You will use cool colors (blue, green, purple) to cover your paper. Paint with broad strokes and layer your colors on top of each other.
Let your paper dry. This shouldn’t take too long.

Finally, use a glue stick to glue the trees on top of the watercolor paper.
Hang and enjoy!

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Cascia said...

Wow that is really cool! You are a talented artist.

Peggy said...

Congratulations Jessica! I'm so enjoying seeing these artistic blogs! So refreshing! I can see why any homeschool moms or teachers would appreciate coming here. Stopping by from Miss Julie's Place. Maybe I should be a Smart Kid and enjoy some art projects today! Enjoy your Maryland weekend and hoping the rain passes & the sun shines soon. Thanks for sharing your creativity this way!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Cascia and Peggy! I'm pleased that you both like the project and I'm glad to meet you!