Cherry Blossom Trees

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Whenever I teach a multicultural lesson, I try create the atmosphere of that continent or country in my classroom.  For this project, I hung some asian paper lanterns from the ceilings and projected some large images of Japanese structures and cherry blossom trees on my smart board. I made sure my blinds were pulled up and students had a clear view of the huge tree right outside of the art room window. I pointed out Asia on my art room map and we closed our eyes and envisioned ourselves in Asia.

We looked at various cherry blossom trees and learning about Asian culture. I taught our kindergarteners about the word Hanami, which is the practice of picnicking under a blossoming tree. (I really wanted to take them outside to sit under a tree while we painted, but it was still cold outside!)  We kicked off the project by painting light watercolor sunsets for our backgrounds.  I demonstrated the wet-on-wet technique and showed children how to blend stripes of colors together to form a well-blended sunset. Some students added a moon with white acrylic paint.

After these were dry, I gave each table of students a little container of india ink. I showed students how to use their skinny brushes to paint a windy line from one corner of their paper to the other. We used curved Y’s and V’s as we added branches.

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Next, I demonstrated how to finger paint…using ONLY ONE finger! We mixed various shades of pinks and purples together onto our picture by dotting little cherry blossoms onto our branches. I loved seeing each child approach this differently.

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Oh, and check out these cute smiley faces!

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…..And the fabulous finished pieces!

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Nice work, you guys!

-Mrs. Heinlein

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