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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Third Grade students continued their study of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings by taking a look at “The Sunflowers”. This is one in a series of paintings on the same subject.

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.

One Response to “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers”

  1. JB says:

    Those are some nice-looking funflowers!