black construction paper (6" X 9")
white paper (9" X 12")
1. I'll start by telling the story, Ghost Eye Tree, using the pictures as I go. Kids can join in for the chorus during this story. (I don't have enough time in my art period to actually read the whole book.)
2. Students will paint a sky using concentric circles radiating out from white to darker tints and shades.
3. In a second session, inspired by the book's illustrations and images from Getty Images, children will cut trees as silhouettes. They will have to plan their tree so that the moon peeks through the limbs.
4. For the tree, I have them measure at least 3 fingers width for the base of the trunk:
Then they will cut 2 curvy lines to each upper corner of the black paper (like a Y):
The next step is to cut out a V shape from the top of the trunk:
The scraps of black that students have cut off are used to cut the rest of the branches:
I'll have children use white glue for this project. I have a small amount of glue in a plastic cup (from Smart & Final) and they use flat toothpicks to apply it to the branches and trunk. I find this less messy and more efficient than squeezing glue out of bottles. I have heard that "Tap & Glue" caps work well on 4 oz. glue bottles, but I haven't splurged and bought any yet.
5. Children can decide whether to cut off tree limbs that hang over the edge of their paper or leave them on. I love watching kids plan trees made in this way and I can hardly wait to display the finished results!