Friday, March 11, 2011
I found this art project on Deep Space Sparkle. Inspired by Van Gogh and his beautiful sunflowers. I pulled up a picture of one of his sunflower paintings for us to look at.....
First step...draw the vase, flowers, and table line.
We used oil pastels and those china pencils (they have a pastel-like look and feel).
I gave the kids two different colors for the vase and background. They looked at the original and wanted to add some brown and maybe a little yellow- so we tweaked the colors as we went. I love how they noticed the subtle differences in shade and color.
This photo is for you that always ask me how I get everything done- there is a dirty pile of laundry in the corner for you :) Who has time for laundry when there is painting to do?! :)
This was a several step process, so we would let the paint dry in between steps and give the kids a break. That way when they came back to paint the next step, they were fresh and ready.
Time to paint the flowers!
What can I say? Van Gogh must have just forgotten the polka dots.....but don't worry, we have those covered.
We let the colors dry and the last step was adding some black accents with a very tiny brush. Black defines the flowers and vase...black is the best. I love you, black!
I also love my chalkboard walls for displaying art work. (this one done by our 9 year old)
by our 5 year old.
By a 35 year old
By our 8 year old.
This was a very satisfying project. Each child enjoyed the process and was happy with the results. I was happy that even my picky one, the one who always finds fault with his art, and would tend to tear up a piece of paper and get frustrated, loved this! When he made "mistakes" with the drawing, I explained how the paint can cover that up and make it all beautiful- and it did!
Labels: kid art