As an art teacher, I'm forever looking at amazing art work and think: "How can I turn it into an art activity?" I was aware that the Year 5/6 students this term were embarking on a unit entitled 'Engage with Asia', so during the holidays I started searching for ideas and saw this idea on someone's blog, I can't remember who. This was such an easy activity and we completed it in 90 minutes.
First I prepared the moon cut outs, which were laminated.
Next the students chose and explored rubbing soft pastels to achieve their desired background.
Then I squeezed black food dye (ideally I should've used black ink but I didn't have any) on each students' work. They then began to blow through a straw. Thus creating realistic trees. They painted the blossoms, mixing red and white paint.
The results were amazing!