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Advice for drawing a tree

Learn to sketch and draw a tree as you see it and develop your observation skills! This activity is organised as part of the “Vive nos arbres” project, aimed at promoting the heritage of Geneva’s trees.

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Dessiner un arbre

Duration

approx. 30 minutes

Material

  • soft grey pencil (B or softer)
  • rubber
  • pencil sharpener
  • blank sheets of paper
  • support for drawing on (clipboard or cardboard)

Step-by-step guide to drawing a tree

  • First, find a tree standing on its own and settle into a comfortable position.
  • Begin by drawing the general shape of the tree or, in other words, its outline.
  • Add the main lines (main branches).
  • Sketch the offshoots: secondary then tertiary branches.
  • Draw the pronounced shadows and the outlines of the leaves. Start with the leaves at the top of the tree then continue down the sides.
  • Shade the contrast of the leaves and add any finishing touches.
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To prolong the experience

After drawing a general view, why not try your hand at recreating a specific detail of the tree such as a leaf, a flower or a fruit?

To store the drawings and refer to them at a later date, remember to add a key indicating your name, the place and the name of the tree.

You can find your tree on the interactive tree map available on this website.

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Did you know?

Trees are able to transform sunlight and water from the soil into oxygen. Most trees display different colours according to the season.

Contact

Conservatoire et jardin botaniques - Système d'information du patrimoine vert - Arbres

1 Chemin de l'Impératrice

1292

Chambésy

Suisse

Tél. +41 22 418 5100

Fax. +41 22 418 5101

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Article modifié le 27.02.2020 à 08:31