I have been chompin’ at the bit to share my Rainbow Tree from Treetopia with y’all…and today is the big day and big reveal…so here she is in all of her Roy G. Biv glory!
Y’all might recall that I received a Candy Corn tree from Treetopia last month that graced my dining room. I had an absolute blast creating dozens of ornaments to transform that tree into, what I dubbed, my Monster Mash Tree! When Treetopia reached out to me again for the holidays, I happily agreed…and eagerly requested The Rainbow Tree (cue angels singing…)
Because this tree is for the art room and will stay up all year, I am not calling it a Christmas tree. We have a rainbow (ahem) of beliefs at my school and I would never want anyone to feel excluded. Therefore, it’s an all-inclusive art teacherin’ tree that I’ve decorated with art supply ornaments!
I had the tree delivered to my school and it arrived in just under two days. The box, which was labeled RAINBOW TREE caused quite a stir in the front office. I had folks dropping by all day to see if I’d unboxed the tree yet. I waited until after school and had the help of my P.E. teacher buddy Ali to put the tree together. It went up in just under 15 minutes!
We got the tree up just under two weeks ago…looking at this photo, I can see just how much has changed in this area of my art room!
That’s right, this tree pushed me over the decorating edge! It inspired me to spray paint my gong (which has now become such a wonderful color wheel teaching tool), tear down my jungle lounge paper’ed walls and paint my walls (more on that shortly) and wash off my window (with the help of some third grade kiddos). I’m so excited how this space is transforming! You can see more on what I’ve got in store for this space here.
Basically, this tree now has me viewing my life thru rainbow colored glasses…and I’m 100% cool with that.
When I settled on the idea of decorating the tree with art supplies, I decided to do some recycling. I have had those large palette shape trays forever. I think they were originally party serving trays as I think that circle may have been for the drink? I’ve had them in my art room for the last 15 years and I hardly ever use them. So I took them outside, flipped them over and spray painted them silver. On the front, I simply added blobs of paint. When those dried, I added brushes and a fabric bow. The crayons were actually just removed (temporarily) from this display. The smaller palettes I picked up in a pack at the Dollar Tree. I simply added some paint and allowed it to dry overnight. And the brush ornaments were created this way:
Now. Let’s address what the tree had me doing to the rest of this space, shall we?
I couldn’t very well keep the jungle theme going with this blazing bright baby of a tree, could I? So when Mitch suggested I paint the gong he gave me for our 10 year wedding anniversary, I went for it. Days of rain prevented me from getting that done in the timely manner I wanted…but it’s complete and I couldn’t be happier. It looks like art candy! I started by painting it completely white…with many layers of primer. Then I taped it off and went section by section with paint. It’s such a happy surprise when you walk in the room. The kids are LOVING it painted!
Back in the day, I used to paint my window and decorate my surrounding wall. Here, let’s take a peak:
I had a lot of fun doing this…and it really set the tone for the units we studied. You can catch more views of my Paris themed room here.
It’s so interesting to see my room like this. While beautiful (according to me), I love that this area of my art room is taking on a new life…one that the kids can really utilize and explore. Also…seeing that Picasso painting STILL hanging in that very same place…I realize IT.HAS.GOT.TO.GO.
When I cleaned my windows, I fully intended to repaint them. And I might very well still do that. It gets SUPER hot in this area of my room and nearly half the class gets blinded by the daylight savings time sunshine that blasts thru in the afternoon. However, right now, I’m enjoying the light…so we’ll see.
I’m telling you, I’ve been INSPIRED this year to make some big changes. I’ve heard feedback from folks that I need to rest, that I’m going a little overboard, that I need to chill…but I’m telling you, I’m excited! Inspired! And I don’t wanna stop. I was going through a SERIOUS burnout at the start of the school year. I’m so over it. And I’m so glad. I don’t mean to show out or show off…I’m just truly thrilled with this thing called art teacherin’ and determined to be the best that I can be.
Sidenote: spray painting the daylights outta a very nice and very expensive gong WILL ruin the integrity of the sound. Le sigh. But it sure is pretty!
So, what’s up next? A new floor, a possible window painting and more things added to this area for my early finishers. AND removing that Picasso painting. Puhlease.
As for the tree, it’s not going anywhere…I LOVE it and it’s staying up forever, according to me. I think it will be a super fun addition to the art room. We’ve already used it as a teaching tool…and already sweet kiddos are bringing in ornaments for it and drawing pictures of it’s amazingness.
I see this tree getting a new theme every now and then….but until then, it’s going to remain the art supply tree. Thank you so much Treetopia for this spectacular addition to the Johnson Elementary Art Room!