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Copy of Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees

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Danielle Smith

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees

Japanese Cherry
Blossom Trees Why it is important to learn about art
from other cultures? Steps to making a
Cherry Blossom artwork Next Steps... What is the big deal with these trees? In the spring, thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the flowering trees, and sometimes these parties go on until late at night. I thought it was interesting to find out that most public schools have cherry blossom trees outside of them. Cherry blossoms have been used extensively in Japanese art for hundreds of years. According to the Buddhist tradition, the brief beauty of the blossoms symbolizes the transient nature of life as the flowers last for at most a few weeks. So for this lesson students created a scroll-like painting of a cherry blossom branch using the classic 'blow paint through a straw' technique. We first created a blue sky background (on long strips of white paper) with a faint full moon silhouette by placing a small circle container (in this case yoghurt) and painting around it with light blue tempera paint. Once the sky paper is dry, student blew watery brown tempera paint (ink-like consistency) across their paper in a branch-like shape.

If you blow downwards, you get really, erm, hairy-looking trees!! I stress to keep it simple and follow a line of paint across the paper. Keep adding more paint and creating new branches as necessary. Your paper should look like this!
Next class, you will paint on their cherry blossoms
using tempera.
Just add them randomly anywhere- add lots. When making the flowers blossoms as long as they had five petals, students could paint them however they wanted and in whatever tint of pink. When mixing or painting: (always add the darker colour, red, a bit at a time, to the white- not the other way around)

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