Thursday, April 24, 2014

Art Lesson - Tulips

My fourth graders began a still life in art today.  They will be painting vases of tulips. 
Today's warm-up sheet.  Teacher's drawings
on the left, student's drawings on the right.
As I wrote in an earlier post, the warm-up
sheet is to help students break down the
object they are studying into its shapes
and lines.

They will be painting on sheets of
newspaper. This is the beginning of one
student's work.
Ms. Green told students that when she was in art school, she had to make decisions about what to spend her money on.  Should I buy that new outfit, or those expensive paints?  The art supplies always won out.

But artists often use what is free, and this forces creativity. So my fourth graders are getting the chance to work with a new medium, and they soon discovered how different newsprint is from the thicker paper they're used to.
A still life by Cezanne.
Ms. Green explained to the students what a still life is, and that Cezanne often painted flowers and fruit. (I found this great link about Cezanne and his still lifes here, and here is a wonderful site with more of Cezanne's paintings and a biography.)

These are Ms. Green's display boards for this project.


  1. Thank you for posting this beautiful spring lesson. I want to try it with my scholars.

  2. I'm glad you like it. Looking forward to seeing your scholars' art. :)