The students took a look at the painting and the types of colors and shapes that were used. I pointed out that though the flowers are all the same type, Van Gogh painted each one differently, noting the details. This kind of up-close study of common objects is called a Still Life Painting. The students used oil pastels to create a still life of flowers in a vase. I placed a real vase of flowers on a table for them to observe, though many students were creative about their interpretation. When we colored them in, I asked the students to mix colors together to create intermediate colors (like red violet or yellow green) this also helps give it a thick, painted look.
The results are very colorful. Some of the students used a toothpick to scrape away oil pastel to add layers of color and texture.