Friday, December 16, 2011

5th Grade Birch Trees

The 5th grade students studied landscapes. A landscape is a painting or picture of physical elements that are outside including mountains, people, animals, plants, trees, lighting, weather, etc. They were able to look at many different landscapes that included birch trees. We compared similarities and differences between an abstract landscape and a realistic landscape. Students also found the HORIZON LINE, FOREGROUND, MIDDLE GROUND and BACKGROUND in several different landscapes. Students were able to use cardboard and paint to create texture on their birch trees. We discussed how to create depth in a painting by putting larger elements closer and smaller elements farther back in their landscape. Students were able to choose colors of their choice for their background keeping in mind the color wheel when they were mixing. They wanted to choose colors that were right next to each other on the color wheel when mixing. Finally students were able to create shadows on their trees to create more depth in their landscape.


  1. These are beautiful! Were the trees masked off when the kids painted on the bark?

  2. The trees were done on a 9 x 12 paper, kids took strips of cardboard and dipped into piles of black and brown paint and dragged across paper. Then they cut the paper into strips when dry and glued them onto their backgrounds. I've done the masking tape in the past but has taking up to 4 classes to complete, this project took 2 classes and I love the results!

  3. I've done it with the masking tape as well....brilliant idea!