Art is about capturing the beauty of life. Flower art is about capturing the beauty and loveliness of flowers! Learn to teach children how to put these two concepts together to create something artistic and beautiful!
Art teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas and creative projects that will allow their students to think creatively and use their imaginations. In the lower grades, art teachers want to create examples for their students to give them a visual of what they are teaching. Unfortunately, so often the example becomes the model that every student tries to recreate in their artwork. Teaching individual creativity can be very difficult in the lower grades. You want a project that is simple enough that the children can accomplish the objectives but also open ended enough so you don’t end up with a wall full of art that looks exactly the same.
This flower art project is a great example of a simple art project that is open to unique creativity. Flowers themselves come in millions of varieties and color combinations. Creating a collage of them is almost impossible to replicate exactly.
Now let’s add a twist. Each flower will be created from other flower pictures.
You will need pictures of flowers. They can come from flower magazines, newspapers, ads, calendars, or any other place with pictures of flowers that the children can cut up.
The children can create a collage of flowers together on their paper or they can create one very large flower that encompasses the entire paper. Give them examples of many different flowers and show them the different shapes of the flowers and parts. Also, point out the details of the petals and the leaves on them. Some petals are thin, some pointy, and some short and wide. They should have a good concept of the flower they are choosing and it’s shape before they begin.
Next, they will choose flower pictures to make the different parts of their flowers. They can cut the flower pictures out two different ways. One way is to cut from a cluster of flowers to make their flower part.
For example, they could cut out several daisies and arrange them in the shape of a daisy, with the cutout daisies being the petals for their daisy.
Encourage them to arrange the pieces together on their paper the way they want them before they start to glue them down. A gluestick will be the easiest way to glue their pieces down. In my experience, glue bottles for little pieces of paper are much too messy.
Their creative minds will go to work and you will be amazed at the beautiful flower art they will create!
You could also teach about some famous artists who loved to create flowers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Manet, or Van Gogh. All of these artists can inspire little artists to also create beautiful flower art!
Enjoy your flower art and proudly display the children’s creative flower designs!
-Mom on the Move