Nov 24, 2012

How to Draw a Winter Tree

Winter brings bare trees, and the chance to study and draw them without any worries about leaves. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing "Y Trees” before (click here) but this time it’s with a winter theme.
1. I drew a large “Y” just using a black oil pastel. Then I added more “Y”s on the branches until it was filled.
2. I made the trunk and middle branches thicker, ending with just points at the tips of all the branches.
3. I drew a horizon line with a blue pastel, and filled in the sky as solid as I could. The darker, the better.
4. After mixing up some watery white tempera paint, I used a brush to shake drops all over my picture. No flinging, just shaking up and down. Let dry flat before you pick up your masterpiece.


Anonymous said...

This was a great project. I did this with two different 2nd grade classes. For the second group, I had them color and blend the sky first and then draw their trees on top. It looked better and the kids didn't have to try to color around the branches. The black oil pastel went over the blue sky with no problem.


Anonymous said...

I teach after school art lessons and taught this "y" tree project to my students. They Loved it and the results were beautiful. One student even asked where I got the idea for the project. I also talked alot about blending and having the sky gradiate from purple to blue and then add white on top. Thank you!

Clare – the Witch said...

Hi, Kathy! I'm writing you with my kids at school: it's all covered in snow outside, so I had to change my lesson plan today and we're taking inspiration from your winter tree to draw winter landscapes. Thank you and greetings from our class 3B Scuola Pizzigoni - Saronno - Italy