Van Gogh Sunflowers


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VAN GOGH-INSPIRED SUNFLOWERS

Another project in our series of DIY art activities for kids.

THE BOOK

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KATIE AND THE STARRY NIGHT

By JAMES MAYHEW

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure!

The stars in Vincent van Gogh's painting are so beautiful that Katie can't resist reaching in and taking one. But what will she do when all the other stars come tumbling out of the painting, too? Will Katie be able to catch the stars before the gallery guard notices they've floated away?

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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  • Watercolour paper (canvas board or cardboard will work as well)
  • Blue tempera paint or liquid watercolour paint
  • Shaving cream
  • Paint brush and plastic container
  • Plastic fork
  • Strip of watercolour paper (about 5” high)
  • Green tempera paint (any shade)
  • Cardstock or watercolour paper
  • Sharpie (any colour)
  • Watercolour crayons (oil pastel are fine to use)
  • Green foam paper or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

WHAT to do

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1. Mix shaving cream with blue paint. Stir until mixed but mixture still remains puffy.

2. Using a paint brush apply the shaving cream/paint mixture to the watercolour paper.

3. With a fork, scratch into the surface of the painting.

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Set aside to dry.

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grass

1. Take your strip of watercolour paper and apply various shades of green tempera paint.

2. Now we will add texture with a fork by scratching into the surface of the paint.


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Set aside to dry.


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sun & flowers

1. On a piece of cardstock or watercolour paper draw some shapes for the flowers and sun.

2. Now colour in your shapes using the watercolour crayons. These are fun to use, if you do not have any however, you can use oil pastel.

3. Once dry cut out the flowers and sun.


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to assemble

1. Apply the grass to the background using a glue stick.

2. Glue on the sun and flowers to the painting.

Bonus: We included green foam paper stems to the base of our flowers.


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drama

Act out the life cycle of a flower.

Act out the life cycle of a butterfly.


SONGS TO SING

Five Little Flowers

Five little flowers standing in the sun (hold up 5 fingers)

See their heads nodding, bowing, one by one (make fingers nod and bow)

Down down down ,falls the gentle rain (flutter fingers downward)

And the five little flowers lift up their heads again (hold up five fingers)


SING-ALONG
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science connection

Talk about the different seasons.

When do flowers and trees start to bloom?

Discuss the life cycle of a flower.

Talk about how bees and butterflies help this process.


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We'd love to see your sunflowers! Leave us a comment below or share them with us on social media.

Comments 2

  1. My daughter loved doing this project and I really got into it too! It was also a great opportunity to sit together and look at some of Van Gogh’s paintings on various websites.

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