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

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day Poppies

This lesson was designed as a painting lesson as well as a lesson in symbolism.  The Poppy is symbolic of the blood shed by the brave men and women who have fought to keep our nation free.  We learned in its simplest manner what occurred on Flanders Field during World War I.  We talked a little about the color red and its association with blood shed.  We then looked at Georgia O'Keefe's painting of a Poppy.  Each student was given a small sheet of 8" x 8" white paper.  With a cotton swab we placed a black dot in the center of the paper.  From there the students were directed to paint red lines radiating from the center dot and reaching out towards the edge of the paper.  We noted how Georgia O'Keefe liked filling the space with very large flowers.  Once this step was complete we looked at our design and noticed that we now needed to create a shape from these lines.  The next step was to connect the ends of each of these lines with a continuous line. We began with one line and rotated all the way around the design.  I'd like to add here that our paint palette consisted of red and orange tempera cakes.  The flowers were really starting to take form at this point but color needed to be added to these new shapes we had just created.  The students chose to paint inside the shapes with either red, orange or a blend of both colors.  To complete the flower the students were given a straw and I went around with an eye dropper and placed a small drop of paint in the center of their flower.  Well I think you can see from looking at the fuzzy centers what came next!  I did warn the students to blow into the straws as hard as they could but warned them to take a rest after each breath.  When we were all done we had a field of Poppies to make any Veteran proud.
Thank you to all the brave and courageous soldiers who have served to keep us free!


  1. Great idea! I love the idea of using poppies in honor of our soldiers in the style of Georgia O'Keefe. These turned out quite nicely, too! Thanks for the post!

  2. Beautiful! What a special and unique lesson to honor our veterans!

  3. OMG!!! This is so cool! I love the symbolism and the process you used. Give a kid a straw, a drop of paint and let the fun ensue!


  4. amazing! I'm going to do it now with my students.


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