Van Gogh Flowers

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!


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