Mexican Marigolds

In Mexico, these beautiful flowers are grown for many celebrations. We created these delightful blooms in decorative vases in 2- 45 minute sessions

Supplies Needed

  • oil pastels
  • painted paper
  • tempera paint
  • paintbrushes (flat)
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil
  • small paper plate template
  • coffee filters with liquid watercolors (optional)
  • placemat to protect the work service

Creating the Vase

Students first created the vase shape out of construction paper, then added monochromatic (tints and shades of one color) oil pastels to the vase. Students chose 1 geometric shape then rotated the monochromatic colors of oil pastels.

Adding the Stems

Students then painted stems with tempera paint in light green and dark green above the vase.

Adding the Marigold Tops

The marigolds were created using painted paper. Circle templates were used to make the shape, FYI – cutting the edge of the circle gives the look of petals. Add painted coffee filters or tissue paper for the centers of the flowers.

Adding the Leaves

Leaf shapes were drawn on the back of previously painted paper,  cut out, then glued down. Oil pastels details were added to the painted paper side.

Keep on creating!


  • Mama King

    November 17, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Beautiful! I am so glad you are following my blog – otherwise I wouldn't have found your blog! I will be following and living vicariously through you (I'm a former art teacher and some days I miss the classroom!)

  • Hope Chella

    November 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I am planning on doing a lot of Mexican art projects with my 3rd graders this year because they are studying hispanic culture AND because I have seen the results of what your students have done and they are very inspiring! How did you become so interested in Mexican art anyway????

  • Jenny Bartolazzi

    December 2, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I love your projects! I am an elementary art teacher and just created my own blog after seeing all these awesome art blogs out there! You should check mine out! 🙂

  • La Familia Natural

    December 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Wow! This are great! I don't use vases on my Day of the Death althar, but marigolds do look as gorgeous as your kids'!

    I first came to your blog because of the mexican mirrors, but now that I've been lurking arround I see the great influence you have from mexican culture… are you a migrant or descendant? You have great ideas that I would proudly offer to mexican children in art class… 😀

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