Sunday, October 6, 2013

Children Paint Fall Trees

Children Paint the Trees for Fall via RainbowsWithinReach

PAINTING TREES FOR FALL COLORS  

FALL IS TRULY HERE! There is evidence in the air, in school hallways and on easels from north to south! As a former elementary art teacher, I never-ever tire of seeing the artwork of young children. I've gathered up a vast array of 'approaches' to the colors of fall trees as interpreted by children. What joy! What abandon! 

***Disclaimer alert. If you're brand new here, welcome. I am now morphed into an author/illustrator of children's picture books and travel the countryside making school visits and speaking at teacher conferences. I only get credit for capturing these photos of work-on-display during my school visits. I was not involved in their creation. I share the images here to inspire you and show you the excellence-in-education that I get to observe during my adventures! 

Autumn Trees Painted on the Preschool Easel via RainbowsWithinReach

This first set of paintings was fresh off-the-easel and drying on the hallway floor in Cincinnati just last week. These vibrant treasures were still wet with energy and enthusiasm. They are from the creative hands of the young children at the Seven Hills School. 

Trees are such an 'easy' subject. For all sorts of reasons. They stand still for one thing. They make great models! LOL. The finished art that follows is all to be treasured. It's believable! There's no one that's going to argue with a kiddo as to the branch placement. It's encouraging to paint trees -- there's no ONE tree template. Fall trees are all the more fun, because you get to play with all of that color! 

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach


Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach


Fall Tree Painting via RainbowsWithinReach

Of the eight paintings above, every single one is a 'WINNER' -- each is totally and completely unique. Every example fills the page with exuberance, treefulness and autumnal awesomeness. Each one deserves a frame and place of honor. Every artist is respected for their individual interpretation of the season's change at hand. YEAH! 

This next approach also happens to be from Ohio and is from even YOUNGER children! The teacher has 'drawn' in a tree trunk to encourage fine motor dexterity of coloring. Then color mixing unfolds for the foliage. You'll see the 'parent-communication' in an image that follows. 

Fall Trees and Color Mixing by Very Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach


Fall Trees and Color Mixing by Very Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees and Color Mixing by Very Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

What to do with all of that 'open-ended' process art finger painting outcome? 
Here's the perfect fall bulletin board solution!
Let children paint to their heart's content. 
Depending on the age of the children, once the work is dry? 
Cut out leaf like shapes! 
If they're too young for scissors a volunteer can create the leaves.  

Fall Bulletin Board Using Process Art Finger Paintings for Leaves via RainbowsWithinReach

Here are a couple of mixed-media creations by older students. 
Various pieces of construction paper create the backdrop.
Next comes the crayon drawing. 
Then painted leaves are applied to the tree's limbs. 
VOILA! 
FALL!!!

Fall Folliage Painting on Early Elementary Mixed Media Collage via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Folliage Painting on Early Elementary Mixed Media Collage via RainbowsWithinReach

This next set of unbelievable work is from Tennessee. 
These were on display earlier in the year and I just 'found' the images again while searching through my files. 
Is it spring and new growth? 
Is it the blaze of fall? 
I just had to include them here with their cousins. 

A fine tip marker for the drawing. 
INCREDIBLE vibrant water colors for the foliage! 
Breath-taking. 
I would purchase a set of notecards with these jubilant images, wouldn't you? 

Watercolor Tree Paintings by Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Watercolor Tree Paintings by Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Watercolor Tree Paintings by Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Watercolor Tree Paintings by Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Watercolor Tree Paintings by Young Children via RainbowsWithinReach

Oh.My.Word. 
Speaking of happy. 
LOOK AT THIS NEXT SENTIMENT! 

Fall Tree Painting with Paint Daubers via RainbowsWithinReach

And now to Florida. 
This next technique was on display in the children's wing of the Vero Beach Art Museum. 

The trunks are created by blowing through a straw..... 
creating rather random trunks and branches. 
Then think POINTILLISM application.

Fall Trees in Painted Pointillism via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees in Painted Pointillism via RainbowsWithinReach


Fall Trees in Painted Pointillism via RainbowsWithinReach

I'm big on BIG endings! 
Wait till you see this one!!
I have shared this next project from here previously. 
It is so truly briliant, I need to shine the spotlight once more. 
These were created by kindergarten children in Tampa.
Kindergarten, I tell you! 
At the beginning of the year, no less!  

I got to see the finished results while singing with them in their multi-purpose room. 
How I wish I could share 'exactly' how these amazing results were achieved. 
My guess?

Start by folding the paper to create the horizon.
Child paints the fall trees in their glory. 
{Folding the paper first will create the symmetrical reflection when pressed together while the paint is still wet.}  


Fall Trees Reflected in Water: Kindergarten Paintings via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees Reflected in Water: Kindergarten Paintings via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees Reflected in Water: Kindergarten Paintings via RainbowsWithinReach

Fall Trees Reflected in Water: Kindergarten Paintings via RainbowsWithinReach


This next photo was taken by a parent in the audience. 
That's me amid all of this amazing fall artwork above.
We are comparing my original quilts to the illustrations in my newest, nationally award winning picture book, 
"Red, White and Blue." 
available at our Early Education Emporium and Teachers Pay Teachers, too

Author-Illustrator School Visit with Debbie Clement

Today I am the guest speaker in an ongoing series for a 
FB VIRTUAL EVENT on self-publishing. 
Have you always wanted to bring your own idea to fruition?
Publication? 
THE WORLD? 
Do you wish you could learn how others have made the leap?  


Here's the perfect FREE event to attend in your pj's! 
I am responding to questions posed by our host, Lisa Nolan, about my journey to author-land. 
You have to read along, now in real time.
You may also ask me for clarification, or pose your own questions. 
As a 'self-published' author, I can use all the word-of-mouth, pinning, +'ing, Tweeting possible. 
I'm grateful that you've discovered me. 
Now will you share my existence through your social network(s) of choice? 

By all means come over to the event. 
Stay tuned as she compiles the entire series into it's own format. 

Collaboration is the new black. 
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Here's a couple of other earlier, timely articles you may need.
{Click the picture}

Here's an article from last year, perfect for the wee littles! 
LUV LUV LUV the rhyme! 

Fall Leaf Project in Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach


photo of: Trees in the Classroom (RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)


photo of: Fall Arts + Crafts Projects for Children (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's a FREE Printable for the season. 
Click the image to get your pdf version for printing to 8.5 by 11." 


In real life, this is the week we traded maple tree colors of our northern snowbird-life for palms and sand. 
Here's a glimpse of our walk along the shore yesterday. 


And here's our neighborhood palms and our first series of sunsets! 
It's time for me to create my FL fanclub. 
I'm in search of school visits for Jan and Feb. 
Just let me know!



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