Drip drop fall trees at the easel

Our easel comes with a paper roll holder mounted on the top of the easel so we decided to replace the regular roll of paper we use for painting to a roll of paper towels and then we invited the children to try a little drip drop easel painting…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

I slipped a roll of paper towels over the paper holder and then pulled the paper towels down over the easel just like I would if using a roll of regular paper. The children were shown how to gently pull the roll of paper towels down until they have a good canvas to drip their water paint on…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

For our water paint, we put out cups of water tinted with liquid water color and added plastic pipettes to each color…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

And because we had been talking about fall trees, the children were given the option to paint with or without a tree. Most preferred I add a tree to their paper towel. The children tried to draw their own tree trunk with branches (and they do this on paper easily) but they found it difficult to draw on the paper towels so in the end, I became the designated “tree trunk with branches” artist of the day…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Once the tree was ready to go, the children were on their way to adding their beautiful fall leaves by dripping the water paint any where they desired on the paper towels…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

Most of the children who tried this process asked to do it many times so as long as we had paper towels left on the roll, the children could continue to make new trees or explore the drip drop painting…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

And the children enjoyed watching each other do the process too…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

And as the children finished their paintings, we showed them how to gently tear the paper towel from the roll and drape it over the line to hand up to dry. Some of the children needed help with this part and some liked to do it themselves but their paper towels were very wet so we had quite the trail of drip drops on our floor too…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

We use Bounty brand paper towels because they do such a good job of absorbing the colors of water paint and do not tear quite so easily when wet. In the end, the children’s painting were simply beautiful and because many of the children made more than one, we sent most of them home and saved a few to display on our walls…

Drip Drop Fall Tree Paintings at the Easel by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-10-07T18:00:01+00:00October 7th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

4 Comments

  1. Bette V October 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Love it! Going to try it later this week.

  2. Bonnie October 8, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I will definitely try this art project with my daughter!

  3. Cassi November 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, these are so pretty! I bet the kids had a lot of fun with it too. I’ll be featuring this on The Crafty Crow soon 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Cassi for stopping by! I hope you are doing well and appreciate all that you do for the blogging world!

      Sincerely,

      Deborah

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