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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
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