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Monday 11th January



To provide context for this art lesson, you have already read the myth: Baucis, Philemon, Zeus and Hermes. However, if you need to recap what this myth is about and why the entwined tree is significant, watch this video: Zeus and the Myth of Hospitality (Philemon and Baucis) Greek Mythology Ep. See U in History - YouTube


Resources needed: paper, pencil and rubber.
To add colour (optional): coloured pencils (brown and yellow/orange and green)- I would avoid coloured pens because you will lose the detail of your sketch.  


Task:  sketch two trees entwined to represent Baucis and Philemon-see finished image below as a piece to go by.

As always when sketching, make sure you press lightly on your paper so if you make any errors, it is easily rubbed out and marks won’t be visible.

To begin with, sketch the outline of the tree before moving onto the finer details such as the grooves in the bark and the facial features.

Although this video shows you how to draw a much slimmer tree, I thought it would be helpful to inspire and support your drawing of the tree, in particular the branches and the grooves in the branches: How to Draw a Tree Step by Step for Beginners In 8 Minutes - YouTube


Once you have finished your sketch, now it is time to think about adding colour. If you look closely at the art image, you will notice that the artist here has used a technique called shading. Before you attempt to shade your sketch, I would get a separate piece of paper and practise shading using different colours to see the impact.

Watch this video to look at shading in more detail to help you practise: Hey Elementary Students! Learn to Shade by Blending Colored Pencils! - YouTube

Once you are happy with your shading technique, have a go at adding colour to your leaves and bark. To complete your artwork, I would go over the finer details more heavily (the grooves in the bark and facial features), pressing harder with your coloured pencils to make sure that they stand out.