We are so ready for Spring. While the Sunflower isn't a spring flower in North Texas, the color is really warming us up. I changed my 2nd grade mixed media sunflower lesson from years past after seeing
Patty's lesson on Deep Space Sparkle. I used some of her ideas with regards to the painting and stems.
I start my lesson with my favorite book, Camille and the Sunflowers.
The student's make a symmetrical vase the first day on folded 6"x 6" paper using a wax transfer method
with china markers. We painted them with Prang watercolor trays also on the first day.
Then cut and glue the vase to the 12" x 18" paper, or if you have had ice days like we did, I cut and glued them so we could make up some time.
This is where I got my idea for Patty's blog. I used the Dick Blick concentrated watercolors and 80 lb sulfur paper to paint the table and the wall. The color was amazing.
In the past they used the Prang trays of watercolor for this part.
Instead of using cut paper for the flowers the student's observed my lovely faux sunflowers and drew their own with china marker, no pencil, and colored with oil pastels. In the past I had my student's draw the flower with the stem and glue them on. It was a cutting challenge.
Today we cut and glued the finished flowers to the background! It was so exciting to work on those cutting and gluing skills as well as showing space by overlapping the flowers.
These flowers were growing down the street from me this past summer!
My favorites just as they were for Van Gogh!