A Study in Still Life Flowers

BASED ON ARTWORK BY:  Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh

MAIN ARTWORK USED:  Monet “Bouquet of Sunflowers” and Van Gogh’s “12 Sunflowers”

SUBMITTED BY:  Ingrid Piccirilli

GRADE LEVEL: 2/3 and can be adapted for K/1

MATERIALS:     

  • Thick Blue poster board cut in half
  • Crayola (or other brand) Oil Pastels, provide children with the following colors only: shades of yellow, shades of orange, brown, white for highlighting, blue and green.
  • 3 Vases (dollar store!),  9 sunflowers (buy 1-2 days before so they open), greens from the garden
  • We presented this on a tri-fold presentation board, using half to display facts on Monet and the other side for facts on Van Gogh.  We included printed images from the internet of each of the artists paintings on the board as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:  Prep by MTM Volunteer:  You will need to cut the poster board ahead of time. Additionally, it would be a good idea to paint the vases if they are clear…rustic colors best.  No need to be careful so it should take only 15 minutes.  Finally, arrange three sunflowers in each vase and insert greens you can get from your garden.  We recommend 2-3 vases as this allows you to provide the still life object throughout the room and kids don’t have to get up to see.

STEP 2:   Provide kids with their ½ piece of  blue poster board and a white, yellow, and orange (various shades) oil pastel.  Recommend they use the white first to outline their artwork, pressing very lightly and then filling in a bit.  This will make it easier to cover the blue background.  TELL THEM TO FILL THE PAGE WITH THE FLOWERS!!!

STEP 3:  After the design is somewhat sketched out, they can start using the yellows and oranges for the flowers and the greens for the stems and leaves.  Browns would be for the inner circle of the sunflower.

STEP 4: If this is for a younger grade like K/1 and even 2/3, we recommend you sketch out a “how to draw a sunflower in steps”.

**Note:  For Monet/ Van Gogh comparison you can use:  the PDF document called:  “Monet Van Gogh comparison still life” (PDF pending/ will be updating soon)

For Van Gogh only,  you can use the following Power Point presentation Van Gogh Presentation for Still Life

Starry Night

Based on: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Submitted by: Jennifer Nordyke

Grade Level: Pre-K, but can be adapted to older children

Materials:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • White Card Stock
  • Blue Paint
  • Yellow Glitter Glue
  • Plastic Combs or Forks
  • Sponge Brush

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1: Print the attached coloring page and copy it onto black construction paper.  For younger children, cut out the town scene with the flaming “tree”.
  • STEP 2: Using a sponge brush, cover the card stock with blue paint.  Instruct the children to make swirls in the paint using the combs or forks.
  • STEP 3: Help the children glue the black town scene into the bottom of the page.
  • STEP 4: Instruct the children to make swirls with the glitter glue in the sky.