Each student was given a small wooden tree ring in pine, birch, cherry, honey locust, mulberry, or elm. They carefully observed the patterns of the tree rings and then created their own tree ring designs. The results ranged from beautifully abstract to carefully detailed copies of the original.
The students got to keep their tree rings and loved being able to hold the history of an entire tree in the palm of their hands!
We used a variety of techniques in colored pencil, collage, and watercolor.