Trees: Japan and Madagascar

In celebration of Earth day today, we are going to revisit some past art projects all about trees!

Japan

Cherry Blossom Art Project

To celebrate this tree Martin and I made our own cherry blossom art project.

You will need:

  • 1 white piece of paper
  • Pink tissue paper in various shades
  • Brown crayon
  • Glue

Step 1: Start by drawing a branch or tree on the paper with the brown crayon. I opted to do this while Martin did step 2, if your artist is older this is a step they can do.

Step 2: Rip the tissue paper into roughly 1″ x 1″ square pieces. We used two different shades of pink (because that’s what we had) and we ended up only needing about 1/4 a sheet of tissue paper per color.

Step 3: Crumble or bunch the tissue paper and glue it on the branch or tree. Using a piece of recycled cardboard as a palette, I prepared a small pool of glue for us to share. The goal was to pick up one piece of tissue, dip it in the glue then place it on the tree. Martin did well for the most part and clean up was easy!

Step 4: Let it dry and display!

Martin insisted on covering the entire branch 🙂

Madagascar

Baobabs at Sunset: An Art Project

This art project is actually a STEAM project, by combining painting and color theory with nature and the study of plants. All you need is white paper, paint, a circle to create a negative space and black paper for your tree silhouettes.

Start by taping down a circle that will represent the sun (we used a Pringles lid), it needs to be near the bottom of the page- it is a painting of a sunset so the sun needs to be setting 🙂

Next draw a cluster of baobab trees on the black paper and cut it out, be sure to include some ground.

Now it is time to paint! Encourage your artist to start with the lightest colors closest to the sun and gradually get darker as you move away…. I tried this with Martin but in the end he did his own thing.

Once the paint is dry, remove your circle and glue the baobabs in place. And you are all done!

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