Sunflowers Inspired by Impressionism

Practice creating textured brush strokes in this impressionist style sunflower art project.



Step 1. Gather your supplies.

3D Sunflower project for kids

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Step 2.

Use the flat, round Sponge Brush, and dab orange Acrylic Paint over a piece of yellow construction paper. Tip: keep the fun sponge texture as you dab around the paper.

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Step 3.

Twist the ends of a dark brown Fuzzy Stick and a light brown Fuzzy Stick together to create one long stick. Form a flat coil with this stick as shown.

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Step 4.

Lightly trace your Fuzzy Stick coil in the middle of a sheet of copy paper. Draw petals around the traced circle.

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Step 5.

Paint the petals, using yellow, orange and gold paint. Tip: Overlap the colors and brushstrokes to create a unique texture!

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Step 6.

Cut out the flower shape. Repeat to create a second flower.

Impressionist sunflower painting for children

Step 7.

Once the flowers have dried, slightly curl the tips of the petals. Turn them over and paint the tips yellow and set aside to dry.

Impressionist sunflower art for children

Step 8.

Create a vase shape from a paper cup. Cut off the bottom of the cup then about 1/3 off of the outside. Fold the edges of the cup over 1 inch on each side. These will be your tabs for gluing the cup to the paper.

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Step 9.

Paint the cup shape as your vase.

Impressionist sunflower painting

Step 10.

Glue the vase to the bottom of the background paper by gluing down the (2) tabs made in Step 8. Decorate the vase with yellow and orange Fuzzy Sticks.

Impressionist Sunflower arts and crafts project

Step 11.

Glue the flowers to the background. Tip: Allow children to play with balance! The flower might be off center in the picture and overlap the edge of the paper.

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Step 12.

Create stems using green Fuzzy Sticks.

Sunflowers inspired by Impressionism

Step 13.

Glue onto the painting under the flower heads.

Further Discussion:

Use this lesson as an opportunity to discuss analogous color schemes. Analogous colors appear next to each other on the color wheel, and often appear in nature. In this lesson we use the analogous colors of yellow and orange for the background, vase, and sunflowers. Limiting the color palette to these hues will produce a cheerful painting which is pleasing to the eyes.

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