Monday, December 13, 2010

Van Gogh's Sunflowers: 1st grade paintings

Dolvin first graders used Van Gogh's paintings to learn the difference between portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.  Our symmetrical vases overlap the table, creating space.  The flowers are in different stages of maturity and are seen from different points of view.  I know many moms who will be glad to get this one in a frame when our portfolios go home!


  1. These came out so nice!!! i have been looking for a way to teach k-1 about this painting and have good results! i may have to try this next year!!!

  2. Forgive me for my late comment - but I have a question. How do you avoid pencil lines showing through the tempera? I don't find them opaque enough to cover pencil lines or even other tempera. Thanks!

  3. Robyn, The only part we used pencil on was the vase - the rest of it we just drew with paintbrushes. We also traced over the pencil outline of the vase with paint. I showed them how to paint one part of the flower at a time - middles, then petals, then stems and leaves last. Hope that helps!


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