Sunday, April 13, 2014

1st Grade Sunflowers

These are so simple, yet so beautiful.  I LOVE color and I love mixing colors.  1st graders drew their own sunflower by studying images and each had a large sunflower to look from on each table.  We used a q-tip to make the "seeds" in the center using gold, white, yellow, and orange tempera paint.  I then gave students a paint brush to start painting the petals.  They were to use yellow first, then go over with white, and finally orange.  I then gave them green for the stem and leaves and light blue paint mixed with white for the background. 

 I did not allow them to rinse out paintbrushes, and OH MY GOODNESS why does this always get students so worked up?  I'll have kids nearly in tears if the colors start to mix together and they can't wash the paintbrush.  I find it really interesting that students (of all ages) have this reaction.   Do you experience this with your students as well, or is it just me?


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! :) Love these!

  2. Absolutely love this! Just had a few questions...did they paint the blue background after painting the petals? Also, did they trace over their lines after the paint dried? Thanks!

    1. Yes the blue background was the last thing painted. And yes once the paint was dried we took an oil pastel to trace over the petals!