1st step: Drawing the tree
We also traced around a small plastic cup for our moon behind the branches. Find something the right size and round so they can trace easily a nice round moon. Make sure everything is drawn in black or dark sharpie before you move on to step 2!
Just a note about mistakes. I had to reinforce during this lesson that artists USE their mistakes. Natalie felt like her moon was too big. She wanted to scrap the whole thing and start over because it was already in Sharpie. NO! I suggested she draw a smaller moon within the larger one. It's now one of our favorite parts of her picture. Samantha accidentally splattered some watercolor paint around her drawing. Possible solutions? Paint a solid color around the drawing, Cut out the circle and mount it on a colored paper. Splatter MORE paint! Splatter like you mean it! She did. The "on-purpose" splatter looks awesome! Besides, problem solving in art makes you smarter at everything.
2nd step: Watercolor paint
3rd step: Border and Creative "Extras"
So I would say the leaves stamped on are optional. The artwork by the older artists is so beautiful none of them wanted to stamp over top of it. But it would be a great project to draw the Tree of Life on colored paper and then stamp leaves. Or draw some leaves as part of our original drawing. Hmmmm... my creativity is EXPLODING! I hope you let me know how your lessons go!