Hello to all my Grade 3 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.
We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of SUNFLOWERS and Vincent Van Gogh!
Vincent Van Gogh loved painting sunflowers. Here are a few images of his sunflower paintings.
He didn’t always paint them in vases.
He practised drawing rough drafts of sunflowers in his art journal.
Please use this link to watch a video that will give you some more information about Vincent Van Gogh.
I hope you enjoyed the video.
I photographed these sunflowers in a garden bed at Cambridge primary School several years ago.
I took lots of close ups as well as trying to see the whole sunflower.
Can you see that the different sunflowers are at different stages of their life cycle?
Petals are closed as the sunflower hasn’t opened yet.
Petals are falling off as the sunflower head is dying off.
Hey! Life cycles are studied in Science so are we are doing Science in Visual Arts? Yes, we are!
Every living organism on our planet has a life cycle. This is the life cycle of a frog.
This is the life cycle of a sunflower.
Sunflowers grow from a seed,
burst up through the earth,
stretch and grow towards the light,
open up the petals on their flower head,
bees collect the pollen from the huge flower centre on the sunflower head,
the petals start to wither and drop off the flower head,
the sunflower drops it’s seeds,
the stem also starts to dry out and the whole flower crumples to the ground,
the sunflower decomposes back into the earth
and a sunflower grows from a seed.
I would like you to have a really good look at these sunflower photos and then I want you to draw just with a grey lead pencil on a piece of paper.
Take a piece of paper, any piece of paper will do, and fold it into four spaces. So, fold the paper in half. Press on the crease and then fold it in half again. Press on the crease. You should now have a piece of paper with four spaces in which to draw. You will just need a grey lead pencil to draw with.
Everybody should be ready to draw now. You only need a grey lead pencil. I don’t want to see any colour! I don’t expect to see the best drawings you have ever done in your life. These are rough drafts. You are just practising, just like Vincent Van Gogh did in his art journal!
Please don’t be too hard on yourself and think you have made mistakes. DON’T USE A RUBBER! Just DRAW. I only want you to spend about 5 MINUTES drawing each of the 4 drawings. Look at the photos. Draw what YOU SEE, NOT WHAT YOU THINK YOU SEE!!!
You need 4 sections because I want you to do 4 drawings!
Drawing 1 – draw the front of a sunflower.
Drawing 2 – Draw a side view of a sunflower.
Drawing 3 – Draw a sunflower with the petals still closed. It hasn’t opened yet.
Drawing 4 – Draw a sunflower where the petals are falling off because it is dying.
Here are some rough draft practice sunflower drawings that have been done by previous grade 3 students from Cambridge Primary School.
When you have finished your 4 drawings put the numbers 1-4 on each one so I know which is which. Put your name and grade on your paper. Photograph your drawing using your device.
Email it to me.
Here are some more rough draft practice sunflower drawings that have been done by previous grade 3 students from Cambridge Primary School.
I hope you enjoyed this drawing activity. I look forward to working with you in Week 4.
Here are the 2020 students sunflower practice drawings.
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