I don't know about your area of the world, but mine has been filled with grey skies and rain for the last WEEK! It has rained almost nonstop since Monday. I am feeling drained and slow moving.
Since spring has decided to take the longest drink of water, I decided to try and jump start it with some Van Gogh inspired flower pots.
This lesson is not new, but is a GREAT one day project to fill the hallways with spring.
We started by learning a little bit about Van Gogh - looked at his paintings, discovered his small brush strokes and use of multiple tints/shades of a color in one area.
I had the kids make a flower - any flower, could be real, made up, or even from Super Mario brothers as long as it looked flower-like. Many of my boys took advantage of this and drew man eating plants, or ice flowers. All my girls were excited to draw roses and lilies. Ha!
I showed them how to draw a simple sunflower (circle and then triangles around the edge, add a stem!) Then we talked about using short strokes and multiple colors for each spot.
While students were working I drew and painted a pot sitting on a table. When students were done cutting out their flowers I would arrange them in the vases.
I have received MANY compliments on how much people love them. I think everyone needs a little sunshine.