First Grade “Festive Bouquet” of flowers project

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This is a fun fall project I based after Beverley Jeans “Festive Bouquet” piece.  The students love drawing their own flowers and the gold watercolor is an awesome fall color 🙂

first grade festive bouquetSkills Learned:  Drawing flowers, working with warm color palette and layout of artwork.

Materials Needed:

  • Gold water color
  • Oil pastels (pink, red, orange and purple) black for middle of flowers
  • Black tempera
  • Large brushes
  • Round tissue paper circles for flowers (pink, red, orange and purple)
  • Glue
  • Small brushes for stems
  • 18 x 24 paper taped

Have the students start by mapping out where the flowers are going and what colors they are doing the in.  I believe I always tell them around 8-10 flowers that are medium in size no tiny weeny ones 🙂  Then draw with oil pastels the flower tops.  I always have them just remove the color oil pastels they are working with so they are not tempted to use or pick up black because it gets all over their Continue Reading »


First Grade Giraffes

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First grade oil pastel and watercolor giraffes

Drawing and sketching animals.

Materials Used:

  • Pencils and erasers to do sketching
  • Oil pastels
  • Blue watercolor and white tempera paint
  • Black oversize construction paper 22 x 24 cut to make a frame around watercolor paper
  • Water color paper 18 x 24 cut in half long ways and trimmed so it fits inside black construction paper *see sample

First start by talking about giraffes and discuss colors and spots. Also a fun fact is that their horns on top of their head are called “ossicones.” So have some fun with that! Continue Reading »