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Trees and Forest

Why is this tree upside-down? Read on and you will find out!

Our first grade 6 project was related to the Trees and Forests unit. We initially drew what we thought trees looked like and compared our drawings. Many of us drew lollipop shape trees.

Next, we were given a copy of a tree and drew it upside down. This forced us to really look at the lines and not the object.

We went outside and sketched 2 types of trees coniferous and deciduous. We looked closely at the shapes and were generally pleased with our results.


For this project we had to find different types of leaves. We looked for simple leaves, compound leaves, double compound leaves and needle leaves. We talked about complementary colours and how to create a focal point. And then we took our leave.
We talked about the parts of trees and their purpose. We symbolized the various parts, for example. the chain for the roots locking it into the ground and providing water and nourishment to the rest of the tree.

We went to the Glenbow Museum when the Group of Seven had their exhibition. We used Feldmen's Critical Analysis when observing the Group of Seven paintings. We picked a painting that appealed to us sketched it, and found information about the artist. We then took our sketches back to the school and tried to recreate, with plasticine, the painting we observed.

Each student also had to write about their Group of Seven art work.

I see an old dead tree faded away after a life's trauma. The tree has very basic line - One straight trunk and very squiggly lines for branches. There are no leaves. White mountain peaks and rolling hills in the background. Bright blue fills the huge sky and a few white puffy clouds. I think that the artist used a brush to paint the colourful water texture.


In my picture I can see the sky with a bit of green in them. The mountains have the curvy effect that forms some texture. The trees that are under the mountains have yellow and orange mix and some black ones too. The trees have some small lines in them that make them look more like trees. Under that is a pond on the side with a grass field on the other. At the very bottom is a plan of dirt that is very smooth.

The first thing that catches my eye are the bright trees in the center they stand out in some way that I like. The trees in the middle are repeated by black to orange all across the sheet. The things are connected by farthest to the closest. The most important color is the sky with the green and blue. The clouds are the special shape. They are curved and create a fast feeling. The center trees stand out more because they have more plaster on them.

The sound of this would be chirping birds and winds blowing. It would smell like forests It tastes like unpolluted air.

I think it is a good piece of art because the colors don't have unexpected things and they have something that sticks out a bit. I don't think I need to say anymore.


The students were able to create some beautiful texture with the plasticine.

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