Check out these gorgeous Van Gogh inspired sunflower pots grade four drew recently. After looking at Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings, the kids were eager to create their own. I encouraged my students to add different flowers to their pots in addition to sunflowers and to color in their art work with cool and warm colors since this is what we were talking about in the first place. The flowers, part of the pot and the table were colored in with oil pastels and the rest with chalk. My kiddos are huge fans of Vincent and I am a huge fan of their art work! 🙂
Cool colored flowers with oil pastels
The pot and the table is next
Blending chalk pastels for the background
I absolutely LOVE the result! What do you think?
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I absolutely love art lessons that involve chalk and oil pastels. The kids enjoy the vibrant colors of oil pastels and the magic that occurs when you blend several chalk pastels together!
Grade two’s went on a hunt for flowers so that they could draw them as big as possible inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. We are now huge fans of this wonderful famous American artist. My students related very quickly to her artwork and fell in love with the giant flowers.
After saying ‘abra-cadabra’ and turning all of my students into tiny people, we all imagined being in a garden surrounded by GIANT flowers. Each child had a real flower to draw and they drew these on 12×18 black construction paper. They outlined their finished drawings with white crayon and decided whether to color in their flowers with warm or cool colors.
Using chalk pastels
One group colored in with chalk pastels and used their ‘magic fingers’ to blend the colors and the other group colored in with oil pastels. The backgrounds were the opposite of their flowers. make sure to use good quality pastels. I use these Sargent brand for chalk and these for oil pastels.
How gorgeous are these? I am sure Georgia would have loved them as much as I do!
I found a box full of different sized wooden pieces and let my grade ones go wild! They all picked out between 10-20 pieces and played around with their composition and planning.
They painted a piece of cardboard in either white or black to serve as the background for their shape collage and the students painted all of their wooden pieces with a solid color. When these were dry, they added designs and details with oil pastels– 2-3 colors per shape.
Finally they glued their pieces. Some kept to the original idea they had when the pieces were not painted and others went with a whole different look and feel.
I loved the plain collage and the colored one. As a variation they could be painted in warm or cool colors, complimentary colors, etc. Lovely don’t you think?