When people think of sunflowers they think of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. He is the most famous artist to be associated with painting sunflowers, but did you know Frenchman Claude Monet painted in 1881 ’s ‘Bouquet of Sunflowers’ which pre-dates Van Gogh’s work. It seems likely that Van Gogh, who saw this painting, was inspired to later paint sunflowers of his own. Here is our version of Monet’s Sunflowers.
This tempera and oil pastel project is such a vibrant lesson and the sunflowers make a beautiful display.
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Monet painted seven types of flowers for his still life works. Sunflowers were among his most popular subject matter.
This project recreates the beautiful bouquet of sunflowers that Monet famously painted as well as having children experiment with tempera paints and brushes.
Included in this 12-page digital lesson plan:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials from the lesson
Art history of Monet paintings
Vocabulary Word Wall
Supplies needed for project
Options for students to use when creating flowers
Extension Projects for students to create in addition to main project
National Core Art Standards checklist
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This project requires two 40- minute art sessions. I created these with my 3rd grade students.
Enjoy the day and paint some beautiful flowers.