Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stained Glass Winter Trees

Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

This was a fun, multi-step lesson with beautiful results. I was inspired by these lessons at Marymaking and this one from Hickory Ridge Elementary on Artsonia.

MATERIALS:
9x12 white construction paper
18x24 white construction paper
tissue paper
watered down glue
watercolors
crayons
scissors
glitter

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

First we had a little beginner lesson on landscape and perspective, overlapping and nearer vs farther. And then we moved into using crayons to draw our landscape, using the crayons for contour lines and texture and adding snowflakes in the sky.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

 Then we talked about warm and cool colors and how to do a watercolor wash over the crayon to create the wax-resist. They had to choose either warm or cool for the sky colors. Here were my examples.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

Then we moved onto making the tissue paper collage for our trees. Again, I showed them examples. They had to choose again, either warm or cool colors or high contrasting colors or variegated greens. They also had to decide what shapes of tissue paper they wanted to use. They could tear it in long strips, or tear random pieces or cut squares.

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We let their landscape backgrounds and tissue collages dry overnight. Then we got down to cutting out the trees.

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We used the watered down glue again to attach the trees.

Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

 Then they added glue lines on their trees for tinsel effect.

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Gorgeous and glittery. And I think the boys used more glitter than the girls.

 Tissue Paper Tree Winter Landscape

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