The third grade students made these birch trees with two different paint techniques. For the trees, we began by painting a black stripe of watered down liquid tempera. Then, we used a small piece of cardboard to sweep the wet paint from the stripe across the paper. Once the whole trunk was done, another line was painted to create the outline. To make branches, the same technique was used. Rather than a straight line, they added v shapes. These looked messy at first, but were easily cleaned up when we cut them out. For the background, they used water activated tempera bricks on peach paper. They had the choice of a realistic or abstract landscape. After everything was dry, we glued the trees to the background.