My art students love drawing trees and some even believe that they know How To Draw a Tree, as if there is just one right way to do it. Here is where I introduce another favorite artist, Gustav Klimt, with his painting "Tree of Life." In looking at this intricate, swirly, gold-tinted tree, we see that the possibilities are endless.
Third and fourth graders looked at Rebouche's "Tree Series" paintings and Klimt's "Tree of Life" painting. In addition to the symbolic meaning of the trees themselves, both artists included other objects in the branches of their trees to represent things that are important to them. Click here to learn more about the symbols in Klimt's "Tree of Life."
We often start the year by drawing or painting self-portrait. In planning the self-portrait process, I wanted students to focus on what truly makes them special and unique. Rather than trying to, once again, help students show this in a traditional head and shoulders self-portrait, I decided to take a more abstract approach. These tree drawings by grades three and four are a type of self portrait.
Can you guess the students who created them based on what they chose to include in the branches?
Watch these beautiful videos to see Rebecca Rebouche at work and see how she draws inspiration from the natural world.