Thursday, April 11, 2013

You have to see these!!!!!!!!

OMGosh! Y'all have to see these paintings my kids did!!
We have been working on a plant unit and the kids wanted to plant sunflowers.
Well one thing led to another and it just turned into a sunflower unit:)

My buddy teacher and I have a great space right outside our windows that's like our own private yard.
So we got out there after testing on Tuesday afternoon and turned them loose!

We dug up the brand new sod along with some critical tree roots.
Farmers we are not. Anyway, back to the sunflowers.

We have read sunflower books, planted sunflowers, made construction paper sunflowers, eaten sunflower seeds, and it seemed the only thing left to do was paint them.

We read a "G-rated" book about Vincent Van Gogh. 
(The first one that I checked out from the school library even shocked me. LOL)
We looked at pictures of many of his paintings and ended with his "Sunflowers" painting.
They could not wait to paint them.
I gave them a template for the vase because I was hoping that it would help them with sizes and placement on the page.
They could choose to use the pattern and trace it lightly on their paper,
 trace, cut and glue on a vase,
or just draw it on their own.
After the vase, they started adding the flowers and stems.
Next came the table and the background.
After they dried, we went back and mounted them on construction paper.
I think they are amazing. And they were super easy to do.
(So, if something will just sprout from our sunflower garden then we will be all set.)
Be sure to head over to The 2nd Grade Pad for other great Take It and Make It ideas!


  1. Wow! I really want to hang some of those in my home. Can you send those little artists my way :) What a great lesson. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Curious Firsties

  2. That is awesome! Thanks for sharing, Merinda! :)

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. We do not get art in 2nd grade. As we wind down our school year, this will make a great activity to do. :-)

    2nd Grade Pad

  4. Merinda, these are absolutely beautiful. So bright and cheery! I especially love that last one with the vivid oranges and yellow and blue and dotted vase. Really impressive work your kiddos did on these!


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