Art Lesson PLANTS/LITERATURE - Creative Trees (oil pastels and paint)
Teach students to use their imagination for creating and designing unique tree species as part of a conservation unit. This lesson plan helps to support the concept of extinction of species when we don't look after planet Earth, and is a great companion to conservation focused literature and well-known picture books containing imaginative illustrations of trees and plants.
The lesson guides you through 4 creative design options, as exemplars for original trees, giving students the freedom to create whimsical designs.
This agency gives your students ownership over what they choose to make. They will enjoy expressing their personal ideas and creating unique tree designs that they can be proud of.
PRAISE FOR CREATIVITY Art project for TREES & Conservation
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students loved this project. We used it to explore lines. It was different than what we have in the past and the students really liked it. It was a great way to tie in literacy as well."
This CREATIVITY Art project for TREES & Conservation is ideal for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade. The student examples in the tutorial were created by my 2nd graders, aged 7.
This is a comprehensive visual art lesson plan using oil pastel & paint. It will guide your students through creating artworks of child-like whimsical environments to enhance their love for nature. They will learn about close observational drawing of real tree parts & have the option to apply design principles like the SCAMPER brainstorming model to create original designs.
This lesson has tons of built in choice for differentiation, while keeping the skills taught consistent across the class, to save your sanity. A great project to further develop fine-motor skills for drawing & painting.
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I’ve done it all for you and trailed this lesson with my own students in both 2nd grade and 3rd grade.
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I am both a general ed. classroom teacher and currently practising as a Visual Art and Digital Media specialist educator, teaching students from ages 4-12, at a primary school. I do this every day, just like you!
❤️ How will this resource help busy teachers, who are nervous about teaching art?
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This lesson is designed as a full colour PDF teacher guide, with a bumper 68+ page slide deck, where all steps are clearly explained and photographed, from start to finish, giving you the confidence to deliver a series of quality visual art lessons to your students.
❤️ All the materials & skills are also clearly listed for you. It’s like having an art specialist with you in your classroom.
The PDF slides are intentionally designed in landscape orientation, to share with your students as a presentation on your large screen. This extra visual support will prove useful to you and your students, particularly diverse learners, and will also save you from having to repeat the same instructions, over and over again.
Select VIEW > enter full screen for presentation mode. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive a smooth slideshow experience, like a pro :)
Encourage students along the way, to follow choice options and create their unique artwork, while being guided by the information on the slides.
⏰ How long will this project take to finish?
This art project will span multiple lessons, depending on the age and stage of students and the size of sculpture you choose to make. Chunk into small manageable lessons, to allow for sections to dry, before continuing. Around 6 sessions.
View the Video preview, then add to cart and smile, knowing you will soon have beautiful artwork, relevant to your inquiry units, on display and students glowing with pride!
❤️ So what is special about this resource?
As a specialist in this field, I write purposeful lessons that develop art, thinking and creativity skills, while making meaningful connections to other subject areas.
- woking with size and shapes (Math: measurement & geometry),
- supports vocabulary and literacy (Picture books),
- consolidated concepts about conservation of plants and habitats, pollution, and links to well known stories and picture books on this theme (Science)
- teaches art media and art processes (How the world works & Sharing The Planet).
- Thinking skills (Critical & Creative)
✏️ This lesson plan can be a great option for Earth Day
✏️ Students can express their unique ideas through personal choices and modifications, while working through the guided project. Pause the presentation in places to discuss next steps with students, check understanding and explore potential student responses or modifications, bringing personal creative ideas to the tutorial. This addresses the Viewing & Responding to artwork objectives in a purposeful way.
PRAISE FOR CREATIVITY Art project for TREES & Conservation
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students love creating this beautiful art piece."
✅ What is included in CREATIVITY Art project for TREES & Conservation
A 68+ page PDF slide deck for step-by-step guidance and reference, intentionally designed in landscape orientation, to share with your students as a presentation on your large screen. Select VIEW > enter full screen. Then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to drive a smooth slideshow experience, like a pro :)
✅ This PDF includes step-by-step support & teaching instructions:
- Materials list
- Visuals for reference
- Detailed instructions to create the artwork
- Photographs of every step
- Student and teacher examples of work in progress and completed. (2nd grade)
- Guidance for assessment - Learning Intentions included for the International Baccalaureate & New Zealand standards at levels 2 / Phase 2 which will closely aligned to assessment standards you may be using
- Guidance and examples for Student Voice reflection/ assessment - either use orally with the slide, or print for students to fill out as a record of their learning. Alternatively export that slide as a jpeg from the PDF and post for digital reflections like Seesaw. 3 versions included.
✅ What knowledge, techniques and skills will my students learn?
- Close observation - seeing details, similarities and differences
- Planning an original design
- Planning a landscape composition
- Follow a tutorial for guidance - listening skills, visual discrimination, sequencing
- Develop fine-motor & technical skills for using oil pastels, glue, scissors, paint, adding detail & working accurately
- Respond to art created by other students
- Reflect on my own knowledge, skills, progress and artwork - using the included student sheets - share on screen for oral reflection or print out for student’s records.
✅ That sounds great! So what about the Visual Art focus?
- Build skills for observational & guided art processes, (Studio Habits)
- Build knowledge about creativity and originality in art
- Build skills for oil pastel & paint (Studio Habits)
- PLAN - compose an artwork
✅ Bonus inclusion:
- This project also aligns to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme art curriculum
- 2 options of the landscape setting for the Imagination Trees
View the PDF & Video Previews above, then add to cart and smile, knowing you have just saved yourself heaps of time and effort!
✅ Where can I find more art lessons like this one?
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