The First Graders at Pershing East Magnet School have been observing trees this school year. This is an attempt to create a long-term science study relevant to each grade/ability level. These longitudinal studies allow studies a chance to observe one specific part of nature over the school year to develop observational skills and develop pattern recognition. The art benefit is the more students observe something, the more details they notice. Their sharpened observations will lead to better artwork, especially in their focused study.
We have drawn trees with pencils, we have photographed trees, we have printed trees, we have painted with both water color and acrylic.
Here are some samples from our acrylic paintings. We read, Sky Tree, by Thomas Locker for inspiration: