Sep 17, 2011

How To Draw a Fall Tree

I found this project on Artsonia.com, and I love how it makes students think of trees as a series of branches, and not just a fluffy shape that sits on a stick (not a bad place to start, but can be left behind at some point).
1. Ask the students to draw a large "Y" on their paper.
2. Show them how to add smaller "Y"s on each side, alternating as they go up each branch. To make the "Y"s the most realistic, they should be directed toward the sky somewhat, and not at 90 degree angles.
3. When the lines are complete, they need to be thickened. The fattest part of the trunk should be at the bottom, and all the lines should gradually get thinner until they end in points at the top.
4. Lots of fall colors can be colored around the branches. I used my favorite Portfolio oil pastels here.
5. The background may be added, with grass and shadow and sun and clouds.

12 comments:

Netta said...

Thanks for great ideas!

Michelle said...

Fantastic! My Daughter has just started drawing trees and this simplifies things wonderfully while still looking great. I love your blog!

ginac said...

We love oil pastels! Thanks for this great lesson on how to draw a tree. Those beautiful, vibrant oil pastels are much better than boring crayons!

Anonymous said...

AWW THX A LOT!! ITS LOVELY =)

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chirag said...

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Kathy Barbro said...

OK, as long as you post a link back to my site.

Thanks!

canvas wall art said...

Trees have always been a bit tricky to draw but this has helped me out a lot.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! They are such a life saver!

OrganicMom said...

Love the 'Y' idea!
I have taught first graders how to paint a winter tree with white paint on black const paper.
To get the branches from thick to thin I teach how to press the brush at tirst then graduallly lift to get it thin, thinner, thinnest all the way to the point.

Christi said...

This is great a demo on how to teach ME and the little ones to draw a tree! Can it be done with any paints and come out looking good?

Kathy Barbro said...

Sure, it's worth a try. I would just try to get a nice, thin, sturdy brush (as opposed to a loose, soft one) so that you can kind of "draw" with it.