My third graders just finished these barely bare trees.
Some of the key ideas we focused on included…
Element of Design: Space
Making Patterns (Random and Organized)
Learning to share ideas with friends
In the past I have done this project with 4th grade students, but I needed to make room for some new ideas and just couldn’t give it up completely.
After drawing their tree and horizon, students use oil pastels to create patterns that are both organized and random. For many students the idea of a random patterns is a new concept.
While working on their patterns, students can get really into it’s fun to be able to move about the room and sit with each table and chat with my students as they work.
About half way thought creating patterns in the negative space, I have all of the students walk around and chat with classmates about how they created patterns. Students then took the new ideas that they got from classmates and elaborated on them in their own projects.
I think it’s a nice variation on the silhouette tree with the multi color background
It only takes 2 class periods and they turn out great!