Autumn Tree Collage- Eloise Renouf style- Year 1-2

Eloise Renouf is an artist, designer and illustrator from the UK whose designs adorn fabric and printed textiles for homewares and greeting cards. She designs all sorts of nature-inspired patterns: from flowers, trees, clouds, birds and leaves. Her overlapping trees use circles, ovals and roundish shapes or ’round cornered’ squares!

LEARNING INTENTION:

To use colour, shape, texture and space to create a mixed media artwork with Autumn trees. We are learning about space- background and foreground and overlapping to create depth. We are learning about cool, warm colours and contrasting. We are learning about VARIETY – shape, colour, pattern. We are learning about texture- implied, by using painting techniques.

SUCCESS CRITERIA: I can make TEXTURE on paper by using ‘texture wands’ to create painted paper in various combined warm colours. I can (trace) and cut out various organic rounded SHAPES, like ovals and rounded squares for the tree tops. I can use LINE and PATTERN to add stylised branches on each tree top shape. I can fill the SPACE of the whole paper with one-third sky, one-third land (either by dabbing paint (with white to make tints of the colour) or by gluing down OVERLAPPED pieces of tissue paper. I can arrange the treetop shapes in two rows, with varied colours, OVERLAPPING the bottom row with the top.

First the students made painted paper, using warm coloured paint to print and dab with brushes and texture wands onto warm coloured cover paper. While this was left to dry, they made their background- one class used paint to dab on the grass at the bottom of a piece of blue cover paper; the other class overlapped pieces of green tissue paper along the bottom third of the paper.

The next lesson, students used pre-cut templates mostly in the shape of ovals and round cornered squares to trace the shapes on the back of the painted paper, and cutting out, making sure to share and use other students scraps to get a variety of colours and patterns.

They then used permanent markers to draw a line up the middle of the shape for the tree trunk, then add various lines for branches, using Renouf designs for ideas.

Students then had to arrange their trees with the colours spread into a “back row” on the top half of the page, gluing down, then adding the trunk in the black marker to touch the top of the “ground”. The next row of trees were glued lower, slightly overlapping the back row, and with the various colours spread out.

The trunks drawn from those trees needed to be drawn down a little lower because they are closer!

This took 2 one hour lessons. We had discussions about shape, colour, line, overlapping etc.

My art lesson with Year 1 and 2 students was adapted from “First Grade landscapes” from a Cassie Stephens post.