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Lesson Plan and Artwork by Eric Orr
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Lesson Plan
Art, Science


Trees are a beautiful and necessary element in our environment and landscape. We get oxygen, shade, beauty, and comfort from their structure, cover for wildlife, and amazing seasonal change of color, texture, and form.


This lesson uses line, color, and the shape on the built-up cardboard substrate, allowing for an automatic abstraction of the reality one usually sees in trees in our environment.


  • Provide a focus close or far... micro or macro.
  • Be a stage for various artistic handling of the subject – each layer of cardboard being used for different media.
  • Enable artists to experiment with various color schema on each plane; each plane a different style of art?

Supplies Needed

#1593166 Crescent® Watercolor/Mixed Media Board 15 x 20
#1496116 Crescent® Black Matboard 11 x 14
#1496110 Crescent® No. 8 Ultra-Black Mounting Board 11 x 14
#241569 Yarka® Student Watercolors, 8-Color Set
#1515086 Prismacolor® Premier® Soft Core Colored Pencil Pencils, Set of 12
#1440152 Royal® Zip N'Close Brushes, Medium Gold Taklon, Set of 12
#001665 Aleene's® Tacky Glue® 4 oz


Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Standard #6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Standard #10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.


Adjust quantities and add all items at once


Step 1

Decide how tree will be depicted, how many planes of Crescent Watercolor Board, their shape and position on the groundsheet.

Step 2

Cut and glue planes of Crescent Watercolor Board to the base. Let dry.

Step 3

Draw tree sketch with pencil.

Step 4

Complete linear work with colored pencils.

Step 5

Apply watercolor to highlight certain areas.

Step 6

Use colored pencil to provide details.

Step 7

Place finished piece of art work on Crescent Matboard or 8 Ultra Black Mounting Board for display and critique.

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