Winter Tree Study

Every morning at 6:30, Booh and I snuggle up on the couch and watch the morning winter sky light up as the sun slowly rises above the hills.  We’ve been recording the morning temperature, time, phases of the moon, weather conditions and any nature observations we can make from the window.  The coldest temperature we’ve recorded this year was negative 12-degrees … 24-degrees below freezing!  On that day our nature observation was steam coming off of the river!

This was the same day that Booh noticed patterns the branches of the deciduous trees made and how the morning sky made patches of negative space in between.  I decided to do a winter tree study with her and I came up with two projects I wanted to share.

Winter Tree Study Collage

COLLAGE

The first one was a collage project.  After painting watercolor paper the color of the sky, we used strips of brown and black construction paper and glued them to our canvas of blue.  The idea was to glue one tree together first, followed by a second tree of a different color, and so on, creating the illusion of depth.  As you can see above (collage on left), Booh had her own methodology. I wanted to add more to mine but ran out of time.  - When we glued the strips of construction paper onto our dried blue canvas, we allowed the strips to project off of the page, and when we are done I trimmed the strips to make a smooth edge

Tree Study with BeeswaxBEESWAX

Continuing with our Winter Tree Study, we used Stockmar modelling beeswax and made little sculptures of our deciduous tree observations.  This time we added the river with its snowy bank and ice floating by.  

These medallions make a great addition to our winter nature table.  I’d like to make one for spring, summer and autumn with her too to add to our nature table as the seasons change.

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6 Responses to “Winter Tree Study”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I LOVE your ideas! I think we will do deciduous tree collage with felt on canvas. Thank you so much for your inspirational blog! I will try to do a whip stich tutorial today.

  2. carolee Says:

    A beautiful collage and so great do be doing this type of art with your daughter. I am so happy you are doing a Nature Table. They are such a delightful way to teach about and get connected with nature. I commend you.

  3. Jimena Says:

    Wow!!! muy bonito

  4. Jennifer Tan Says:

    Wonderful projects! We are going to try these at home. Thank you for your inspiration!

  5. Helen Says:

    very creative!

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