trees like Emily Carr

Emily Carr (1871 - 1945) is a well known West Coast artist.  She is known for her paintings of First Nations villages, and the tall majestic trees that grow here on the Pacific coast.

We also love the forest, and we were inspired to paint trees like Emily Carr.


Just like Emily Carr, who camped in the forest in her caravan when she wanted to paint trees, we went to our forest to observe and create.


We packed light: home made clipboards and paper, and a brown and green crayon each.


Now that we had seen the trees, it was time to "see" the forest.

We sat at the end of our school field, and looked at the forest on the other side of the school fence.  We saw that it was brownish on the bottom, greenish in the middle, and the blue sky peeked out in between the trees and above them.

We painted the forest background with brown, green and blue liquid water colors.


We talked about mixing and blending the colors.  About how something is rarely just one colour.


With the forest painted, it was time to create the trees.

We were inspired by No Time for Flashcards' Emily Carr trees.  And then changed it up a bit.

I have always wanted to paint on news paper; a tree painted on newspaper seemed perfect.

I outlined some tree trunks and organic branch shapes on newspaper.


The kids chose the trunk and branches that  they wanted. And painted with green and brown liquid water colors.


Glueing the tree onto the forest.


We are enjoying the forests and the trees.





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5 comments

  1. Those are really beautiful, Sandi. I love how you spend so much time in the forest. We have a beautiful little forest across from our school AND a pond ... I don't spend as much time in there as I should ... a goal for next year. As I was reading your post I thought, "we could do this next week", but there's a young cougar wandering around so I don't think it's going to happen this year:)

    Happy "almost" summer break. Hope the reports are going well.

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    1. Thanks, Barb. I think that your kids would paint beautiful trees. I also think waiting until the cougar moves away is a good idea :) Happy June!

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  2. I was just told that next year we are going to have someone from the arboretum on our campus come do a program about trees with my kiddos. These trees will be a perfect complement. I can't wait to try them next year.

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    1. What a wonderful opportunity for your students - I would love to have a tree expert come and talk with us.

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  3. These would be great fun to create when we are learning about leaves next year in our homeschool. It would be a fun project even for the older girls as they have never done it before. And, well, they love painting. I just wanted to let you know that your post was one of the featured posts this week on Littles Learning Link Up at Tots and Me.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing last week. So glad you could join in. This week's linky is live. I would love to have you stop by when you have a chance with anything new or even old posts that are suitable for young children. Have a great evening.

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