reading & writing with art

September 19, 2011

Van Gogh inspired Sunflowers

Kindergarten - 2nd graders were inspired to make Sunflowers after reading the non-fiction book A Field of Sunflowers by Neil Johnson.
We also looked at a few books on Van Gogh and many illustrations of his art work that were displayed in the classroom. 

The project began by using a mixture of shaving cream and blue paint to create the "swirling background" using their FINGERS.  This was so exciting and very messy, but they had a ball!  I would encourage you to tell your students to only use 2 fingers to swirl and not their entire hand.  Also if they swirl to much it will turn into a solid blue background as some of the ones you will see posted did.
Next we painted sheets of newspaper yellow to use for the petals.  They were able to use both painted and non-painted since we discussed non-fiction text and newspapers are a great source of non-fiction. 
Brown paper sacks were used to create the center of the sunflower.  Some drew seeds in the center.  They used tissue paper and construction paper to create the stem and grass.

Their final piece was to to do a small writing about something they learned about sunflowers and glue on the front. 

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