First, I had my little pupils paint "grass" along the bottom of their sketchbooks. We talked about using strokes to paint, rather than jamming the brushes down on the paper. Acrylics dry fast, so we mixed in some water, painted our grass and blew it dry.
While our sunsets dried, we used another sheet of paper to start on the birch trees.
That there, folks, is my expired wageworks healthcare card.
See? It's still good for somethin'.
I'm so proud of my talented little students!