Welcome to Dream, Draw Create!
This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Friday, September 21, 2012

Impressions of Van Gogh's Sunflowers

It seems as though drawing and painting Sunflowers is a right of passage in most art rooms here in the Northeast!  Summer seems to come to an abrupt end, the nights get cooler, the leaves start to fall and suddenly all that's left are the sweet memories of long hot days and beautiful flowers.  Children and adults alike always marvel at the beauty of the majestic Sunflower!  And of course Van Gogh so eloquently painted an enduring painting for us all to enjoy.
My lower elementary and primary students created paintings fashioned after Van Gogh's famous Sunflower painting.  There is much learning to be had as one studies the beautiful shapes, textures and muted colors all of which we observe during this season of Autumn.
In this lesson we spoke about composition and how we would arrange our circles on our drawing paper.  We discussed the size of the circles and how placing at least one off the edge of the paper would add interest.  Next we discussed shape and how we would use a upside down letter "U" shape for the petals. Not too much emphasis was placed on dimension for this young group of students although a few were able to demonstrate this skill.  The initial arrangement of lines and shapes were first done with yellow chalk then re-traced with black crayon.
The students used tempera cakes to paint their compositions.  The complimentary color scheme of yellow and violet was introduced so that the students could experience mixing neutral tones for the centers of the flowers.
This lesson was completed in one 40 minute session and were on display by the end of the school day for all to enjoy.  You can also see them on our Artsonia page.  http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=546716


  1. These are so colorful and cheerful :) It seems strange to hear talk of autumn and the nights getting colder - here in Australia we are just starting to warm up for summer with temperatures around 29C (about 84F) - it's not officially summer yet :)

  2. Happy, happy, happy! Love these.

  3. Thanks Patty! Your comment makes me smile and be happy.


Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.