Third graders took a look at Van Gogh’s flowers as inspiration for their watercolored artwork. Even though this was a directed draw, each composition came out very different! As suggested by another art blogging teacher- students put away pencils and only used a crayon to draw the flowers and vase. There’s something really honest and great about unedited drawings by children.
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso
For this project, I walked students through drawing the flowers highlighting “overlapping” as a technique artists use to show space- some students overlapped more than others. Once the outline was complete students used watercolors to paint their artwork as they chose.
This student left her chair for a more comfortable painting position 🙂 Students were so focused!