Van Gogh... Sunflowers... Symmetry... Shadows... I loved this project!
Step 1: Drawing and Painting the Sunflowers
The painting part of this project was also a color mixing lesson. The students painted the petals first- yellow tempera, then mixed orange with yellow and red for the middle of the flowers, then yellow and blue mixed for green stems. I had the kids mix the paint right on the paper.
Step 2: Trace the flowers with black sharpie and add on "Van Gogh - esque" details. Cut out the flowers and stems.
Step 3: Symmetrical Vases
The students cut out symmetrical shape vases and colored them with oil pastels to make a pattern. I taped the stems to them to make them look like the flowers were in the vase.
Step 4: Shadows
The 2nd graders had been studying shadows. We traced the flowers and vase and then filled in the outline with black crayon rubbing . We drew a table line and glued the flowers down a little to the side of the shadow to create the illusion of a shadow on the wall behind.
Step 5: Painting the table and wallpaper.