3rd - Silouette Trees
This is the project that 3rd grade did for their Original Works fundraiser project.
The students were given a piece of 8.5x11 piece of paper and a strip of masking tape - about arms length. The students tore the masking tape with their fingers, making rough sides/edges. As the students tore the tape they built their tree. The thicker pieces for the trunk, small tears can be used for tiny branches - each piece can be added to the tree.
Some students chose to do a landscape, others portrait style - some students have one tree or many.
After the tape is used and the students like their composition - they color over the tape, filling the whole paper with oil pastel. The students can make patterns, sunsets, random colors - anything they can think of - they must fill the whole paper with solid color.
Once the paper is filled with color, peal the tape off very carefully. If the paper rips a little, it's okay - a bonus branch. I demonstrate this for the students and show them how sometimes mistakes can turn out pretty awesome.
The end results are wonderful! All students succeed and all projects look very different!