Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kwik Stix Tree Drawing

Hello Everybody! I'm linking up today with Stephanie from Forever in Fifth Grade for her Show and Tell Tuesday. I have a "show" to share. Do your kids make lollipop trees when they draw? You know the brown rectangle, green circle on top versions. Well, many of my kiddos were drawing trees that way, and with all the fall leaf discussion and time spent outside and in the woods, I thought it was time for a little guided drawing lesson on trees. What a great project to use our new Kwik Stix Paint Sticks on.

Do you know about Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint? It's paint that comes in stick form– sort of like glue sticks that twist up out of the tube. They are very CLEAN, exciting news for every teacher. Using them feels a bit like using oil pastels... but cleaner. And when they dry within seconds (they aren't really very wet to begin with) they are a LOT cleaner than pastels because they don't rub off.

My students and I talked about how sometimes trees can look like this in pictures...

... but do trees actually look like this? Half of them said yes... sigh. I shouldn't eyeroll– as I look back I think I was in third grade before any teacher ever pointed out that we should LOOK at what we were drawing. We've come far in our teaching of all things.

We trucked on over to our window to take a gander at our trees. Nope, not a single lollipop tree. In fact we could see a lot of branches as half the trees had dropped their leaves already. And when I pointed at the base of the tree we realized that trunks don't even come up straight up out of the ground, but are wider where the roots were.

We headed back to our tables and started by drawing a trunk with two lines. Then we added a bit of flare at the bottom. And a couple long lines spreading out on top. Then we added lots of branches coming out. We added yellow, red and green "dots" for leaves. We talked about how the dots should be kind of small, because leaves are rather small even on big trees. Also, big dots made it look like the tree was covered with balloons and that's silly.

We added some leaves to the ground, and even a bit of grass. Ta-Da!

It always amazes me that even when kids do a guided drawing, all hearing the directions at the same time, the interpretations are all unique. And it points out that trees are a rather complicated subject matter.

Before I started this project I played a bit with my new Kwik Stix. The colors are quite opaque and intense. Here are two "suns" on two different kinds of paper. The first is on rough manilla paper.

And the second on just smooth cardstock.

I experimented using a wet brush to blend and disperse the colors, like watercolors, and that is how I got the softer look of some of the stripes. It was fun... and clean... to paint with just water over my drawing. I think the kids will enjoy it with our next project.

At these angles you can also see a bit of the sheen from the metallic Kwik Stix.  Nice, eh?

The metallic sticks are especially neat. And the water didn't seem to diminish the shine too much.

Now here's a really neat thing– Kwik Stix are now available at Target!! Yep. You can jump in the car and get some right now!

They weren't at our nearest Target, but they were worth another ten minute drive to our other one. They come six to a box and cost about five bucks. They'd make a neat stocking stuffer don't you think? Did I mention they were a pretty clean painting method– loved by mothers everywhere... I made that up, but I bet they are!

And if you are after some for your class, or in more colors than in the two small boxes sold in Target stores you can go to the Target site for more variety. Just click on the picture below. They are also sold by The Pencil Grip, Inc on their site and on Amazon, too.


Whew, that was a bigger share then I intended, but now you know more about Kwik Stix and have an idea for a guided drawing lesson you might try.

Hop on back to Forever in Fifth and see what the rest of the gang is sharing. Thanks, Stephanie for the linky party.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time.


  1. These Kwik sticks seem like super fun - I'm going to check them out! Have a fun week and a happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks, Susan. They are worth adding to the stock pile of art supplies :) Thanks for stopping by. Kathleen

  2. I love fitting in different art projects with my students, so I will have to try out those Kwik Stix. I'm all about neat and clean too! Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade

    1. HI Stephanie, I bet your fifth graders love them. I'm sure they will be able to do more subtle things with them. Thanks for the linky! Kathleen


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