Just this morning I joined the Grade Four class to share an art lesson with them. I introduced the colour wheel to them; Primary, Secondary, and Opposite colours. Then they got to work creating a winter scene. After they drew the horizon line, I had them put down masking tape wherever they wanted their 'birch' trees to be. Then, they were to pick a colour and using that colour and its opposite colour on the colour wheel, paint in the sky:
The kids were excited when I asked them if they were ready for the 'grand reveal'; to take off the masking tape. Unfortunately the tape was extra sticky and took some of the paper with it. It actually created a nice effect; looked like bark was literally peeling off the trees! :)
I gave the kids the option of adding some classic birch tree details. Some kids really wanted to add in some wildlife; i.e.: squirrels.
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.