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Express Yourself - Painting Trees

The children are exploring different ways to express their knowledge about trees.  Painting was the first method of expression.  Prior to painting, the children viewed a slideshow of different artists and their painting perspective of trees. We talked about the mood each painting evoked in each of us. To my surprise, all of the children preferred a realistic painting of a tree.

Chloe - The Chicken and The Tree

Keira - The Dying Tree

Nico - Raindrop Tree

Ryleigh - The Rainforest

Sofia - .Donut Dot
 Sofia said her painting is Russian.

Tyreese - The Lollipop Forest

William - Untitled


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