Friday Art Feature

13 January 2012
Well, it's definitely feeling like winter this week!  And with our newest art project proudly displayed, it's looking like winter in the classroom, too.  I LOVE how these turned out!  I found the idea on Artsonia - a virtual museum for kids' artwork.  What a fabulous idea!  I think I'm going to upload pics from one of our upcoming art projects on this site - how cool would the students think it is to have their artwork in a museum!!!

I've been wanting to try out the "bleeding tissue paper" for a while, so I decided to use the technique for our backgrounds for this project.  We wet our page with water first, then tore up little pieces of blue and purple tissue paper which we laid on our wet paper.  We then wet the page again.  We let the pages dry for the rest of the day.  The next morning we peeled off the tissue paper and were left this ... (the colours are a little more muted than I thought they would be - apparently the tissue paper in our supply room doesn't bleed as much as other types).

We then sketched our picture - they were to draw a close-up of tree branches with two to four cardinals sitting on the main branch.  I encouraged the students to make the branches as realistic as possible.  We used brown oil pastels to colour in the branches (paint would work well, but we were all out of brown paint).  We also did some shading with a black oil pastel.

We used acrylic paint for our cardinals and the snow.  For the snow, students dipped the end of the handle of their paint brush into the paint and dotted the page.  They added snow on the branches, as well as snowflakes falling from the sky.


Happy Friday!!!  It's my youngest daughter's 4th birthday tomorrow, so I'm in party prep mode.  Can't wait to share some pictures of our "Candyland" party!!!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!


  1. These are beautiful - thanks for sharing them!!!

  2. Wow! How beautiful they look! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. never cease to amaze me! I wanna be like you when I grow up! lol...These are beautiful, Jen!
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  4. Those are seriously gorgeous! I love them.
    Grade ONEderful

  5. These are so cute. My international students in Tanzania are dreaming about snow and this would be a great activity adapted to include some local African animals. Thanks for the idea!

  6. I would like a print for my house please! Beautiful! I will need to try this out.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. wow! it came out beautiful!!! what a great project!!! I love that you incoprorate art!!!!! I LOVE that BB! It came out amazing!

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  9. I like this idea, they came out great!

  10. Hi Jen:
    I just LOVE these! My favorite element is the way the snow "piles up" on the branches. California kids would so NOT get that! Just lovely, as usual. Those red birds just make me happy!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  11. This is amazing......... Totally amazing.

  12. I can't wait to try this with my class! I think the final product could inspire some great poetry.

  13. These are so beautiful! The red contrasts so well against the cool background colours. I'll definitely try this with my class at some point.

  14. Thank you for inspiration! :)

  15. I love this! I am going to have the students draw first and then bleed the tissue, hopefully that will allow me to do the project in two sessions instead of 3....what do you think?

  16. I love looking at all of your art work. I am very interested in what paints you use. I see watercolors and acrylic ? What brands are they? The colors are so vibrant. I find so many school paints are not bright and vibrant. Also just discovered you blog and I am finding all kinds of wonderful ideas. Thank you for your hard work and generosity for sharing these wonderful ideas.