I showed my students a few pictures of cherry blossom trees that I found through google. This one is from centralpark.com
I also showed them the oriental style of painting cherry blossom trees and branches. There are many examples to be found through google. This one is from: http://www.bloomstersfl.com/CONTACT-.html
I showed my students how to use a q-tip to make the branches and the flowers. To make the flowers use the tip like a stamp and make little flowers by clumping together pink circles.
I work with a fabulous aide, Mrs. Gurule, who also happens to be a very talented artist!
This week my class has been practicing dividing a set of objects in half.
They had to have equal blossoms on each side of the tree or branches so that they were thinking about dividing a set of objects in half.
Here is how they turned out. Didn't they do a great job?!
While my students were painting I played some youtube videos with birds chirping like this one...