The lower elementary students are creating abstract evergreens in the style of author and artist Eric Carle. We read many Eric Carle books in the artroom. His illustrations are unique and eye catching. Each one is a mixed media collage with many layers and colors. The students used crayon rubbings covered in paint to make their own collage paper. They then cut their paper into progressively smaller strips to build their trees. A marker trunk and some free form decorations were the final steps. I love how each one turned out so differently even with universal instructions.
Lauren Dziadosz is a K-5 art teacher at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools in Trenton, Michigan