Saturday, January 28, 2012

Painting with Kids: Tree of Hearts

Here's a fun little Valentines project I did with the kids in my after school art class
(grades K-5)....

(Autumn helped me paint and plan this simple lesson)...

The first thing we did is paint the trunk...talking about how it is larger at the bottom or base and then gets smaller as it goes up.  I know this sounds basic but it isn't for them...even after the directions a couple of the younger kids still drew a very thick trunk with branches growing out the top.  

We also discussed how the branches grow in the same way...larger at the base where they are attached to the tree getting skinnier as they grow towards the sky.

Autumn painted most of her branches in before she add the hearts....

I painted my trunk and just a couple of the main branches and then started in on the hearts... adding the smaller branches later.

 For class we decide the best way to go, was to have the kids paint the trunk, large branches along with most of their smaller ones before they added the hearts.

I always give the kids a scrape piece of paper to blend colors on and I had them use it to practice painting hearts, getting my approval before they got to add any to their tree....This gave me the opportunity to work with the kids who were struggling.

Here are some AWESOME results.  :)

I love this picture (above) it is the perfect example of what I try to teach the kids, that when you think you made a mistake...Turn it into something great!  :)  Which is just what this student did!!....
Water color accidentally got splashed on her painting so she covered it up by adding more dots...brilliant!!!

Here are more trees...

each one as unique

and lovely...

as the child...

that painted it!!!

Well have a great week and
take some time to  volunteer at your school...
you will truly be amazed !!!


(I will yet again, be linking up to many of those parties in my side bar)


  1. I enjoyed your post. It’s a lot like college – we should absorb everything we can but ultimately you need to take what you’ve learned and apply it.

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  2. Hello,
    I visited your blog today. Your blog is so pretty and colorful. I love the painting of the tree. Children are such special people. While I was scrolling down, I noticed the picture of the bird. Is that a hummingbird? The hummingbird is my most beloved bird. Me and my daughters started a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with color and beauty. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  3. Love this - wondering now if I can get my kids (5,4,2) to do these :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Featured on FB!! Love! Thanks for linking up!

  5. Isn't this darling. I put it on my Pinterest for my granddaughter to do. Best wishes. Linda

  6. They are all beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  7. What a great project. Small one will be able to do this next year for certain :0)

    Thanks so much for sharing at Pin'Inspiration Thursday, hope to see you pop by on Saturday to "Beat the Winter Blues". Have a fantastic end of the week.

  8. This is great! so cute! I would love it if you come by and link this up at From Scratch Friday @ Marriage from Scratch! It’s live already on the blog 


  9. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine's Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit.

  10. This is absolutely adorable. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do this!

  11. This is such a cute idea! I need to do it with my kids :) Just wanted to stop by and invite you to link up at my Sharing Time Link Party, here:
    Have a great day!

  12. Super awesome heart tree. Just in time for Valentines. I connected to your GFC. I would love to have you over at htt:// today, I am doing my first blog hop for "Valentine Inspirations"!



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