Neil and I recently moved to a new home in Santa Barbara. I noticed about a month ago that bright green sprouts were emerging near our driveway. I couldn’t wait to see what bulb the previous owner had planted. Just last week, a bed of daffodils were on full display.
One of the loveliest aspects of Spring are these delightful surprises.
I was motivated to create an art project featuring these beauties and remembered that I had created a daffodil handout freebie a few years ago.
Resurrecting older handouts is a great exercise in creativity. I wanted to share a few ideas I had while using the same drawing handout as I did all those years earlier.
PROJECT #1 PAINTED PAPER DAFFODILS
I was curious how the daffodils would look on textured painted paper. If you don’t know how to make painted paper, you can learn how in this post and video about making this beautiful paper.
Gather a few colors of regular liquid tempera paint, a few sponges or brushes and any type of texture tool.
Create simple yellow, pink, orange and red papers. Allow to dry.
Drawing on Painted Paper
Cut the 12″ x 18″ painted paper in half so you have a collection of 12″ x 9″ papers. This is easier for kids to work with.
Using a good quality crayon like Faber-Castell wax crayons or oil pastels, draw 2-3 daffodils on the painted paper. If a child messes up, encourage her to keep going. The extra crayon marks will add a lovely artistic quality.
Cut out the shapes and set aside.
Adding Stems and Leaves
Using the handout to identify the shapes of the stem and leaves, use a crayon to draw on a selection of colored paper.
Cut out and add details with crayons. For the leaves, I added lines to give the impression of the ridges found in the daffodil leaves.
Arrange flowers, stems and leaves on a 9″ x 12″ colored paper.
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Project #2 CRAYON & TEMPERA PAINT FLOWERS
The Daffodil Drawing Handout also includes a drawing guide for using the daffodils in a vase, in the style of Van Gogh.
To do this project, all you need is a 12″ x 15″ piece of white sulphite paper, crayons and cake tempera paint. I used Faber-Castell connector paints and their wax crayons.
Start by drawing the leaves. Look at the daffodil drawing steps to observe how elegant and curvy the leaves are. Place the leaves near the bottom of the page and draw the top of the leaves at the halfway line of the paper.
To draw the daffodils, select a crayon color (perhaps a darker color than yellow so the lines are easier to see) and follow the drawing prompts as outlined in the handout.
Fill the background with color. If you are using Faber-Castell connector paints, you’ll notice that there is a tube of white gouache. Use the gouache to mix with a background color to create a creamy tint.
The paint doesn’t have to be completely smooth. The children will have an opportunity to clean up the light and dark areas when the paint dries.
Paint the daffodils and leaves.
After the paint dries completely, children can use the crayons to add any details they think their art would benefit from. Suggestions include adding veins to the leaves, patterns to the flowers and adding a wallpaper look to the background.
Here is another sample of what you can do with the daffodils…
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