May 12, 2011

My First Flower Painting

This was a very successful introduction to painting lesson. If you have kids who have never painted before this is a good project to start with.
1. Have the students to fold and crease a large sheet of paper across the middle to split it into a top and bottom section. Each student paints a large vase that nearly fills the bottom half of the paper with a cup of blue tempera paint.
2. Next, students paint about 5-6 groups of petals on the top half of the paper with red paint.
3. Students paint center of each flower with yellow. It's ok if the colors mix a bit - it only makes things more interesting.
4. Now the kids can also see how to make the color green as you can add a bit of blue paint in each cup of yellow. After they have mixed the color, they can add the stems by painting lines from each flower down to the vase. Add a few leaves and you have a lovely flower painting. Note: I found the folding of the paper really helped to make the kids use the whole paper. The tendency for beginners is to paint really small.
CA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade One
2.2 Mix secondary colors from primary colors and describe the process.


sara's art house said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog!!!! These ideas are so great. I know I will use MANY of these projects with my kids. Keep up the great work!!!!

Ms. Julie's Place said...

That is a tough tendency to get over, even in older kids. I feel that if you see a small kid using the whole paper, you have found a kid who's one step ahead in the art department.

Shelly G and Hope P said...

I love the idea of folding the paper in half... I have never thought to have my kids do that... Thank for the idea :)

Julie said...

I found your blog via - love your site. I'll be refering to it in the future.

heather said...

thank you so much for all of your amazing ideas. it was recommended to me and it is a goldmine of ideas! this is my first year to teach elem. art and i am so thankful for all of the projects. i know they will excite the kids and impress the parents!

Julie said...

We did it!

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