SUNFLOWERS

Completed grade 5 Sunflower painting. A process of observation, recording and care.

Completed grade 5 Sunflower painting. A process of observation, recording and care.

Sunflowers were brought in and students drew them. We talked about how objects can go off the page. We used a paper viewer (rectangle cut in the middle) to compose our view on paper. We observed the patterns in leaves and seed. Watercolors were used to go over pencil lines.

Sunflowers were brought in and students drew them. We talked about how objects can go off the page. We used a paper viewer (rectangle cut in the middle) to compose our view on paper. We observed the patterns in leaves and seed. Watercolors were used to go over pencil lines.

As the paintings developed students began to get very excited about their own progress. This feeling, that you are making something you can be proud of, that is part of what art is all about.

As the paintings developed students began to get very excited about their own progress. This feeling, that you are making something you can be proud of, that is part of what art is all about.

A fine tipped pen was used to draw over the pencil lines. This provided contrast and detail. Next a wider tipped marker was used to outline the edges of the flowers that met white background areas. Finally a brush was used to fill in the black background so all of the white was covered.

A fine tipped pen was used to draw over the pencil lines. This provided contrast and detail. Next a wider tipped marker was used to outline the edges of the flowers that met white background areas. Finally a brush was used to fill in the black background so all of the white was covered.

  • Note: There is a delicate balance between realism and the freedom to take liberties. The joy of creativity can be enhanced with realism, but there always should be room for taking liberties.

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