These great trees that are near our school will be 3rd graders' jumping off point for this week's Lollipop Trees.
The tree trunks will be any color of crayon (on old telephone book pages) and shaded to create the illusion of 3 dimension. This part of the project presents an opportunity to represent shapes students see in nature. (The photo will be enlarged on the Smartboard for all to see.)
The "lollipops" will start with a pure hue dot (in honor of International Dot Day, Sept. 15th) in the center, surrounded by concentric circles of two lighter tints. I hope that the kids have time to create 5 or 6 circles. They will be using tempera cakes for the main color, but liquid tempera for the white. I have white plastic palettes for students to mix their tints.
In this sample there are six lollipops representing the colors on the color wheel.
Here is another tree sample from another class where the lollipops were created using complementary crayon designs with a watercolor wash.