Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this colorful bouquet will be admired by all. Easy to do; just paint a vase and stems and add paper flowers. Here’s how my second graders did it…
- 12 x 18 white sulphite paper
- red tempera paint
- green tempera paint
- various painted papers, printed papers and colored construction paper
- small paper doily
- glitter and white school glue
Painting the Vase and Stems
We all have our favorite way of teaching a basic how-to-draw-a-vase lesson, except with this one, keep it extra simple.
Paint a bottom, paint a top, add two sides and fill it in! Of course, you can do it differently; perhaps make the vase out of paper or use different paint colors for decoration. I needed to keep the vase as simple as possible so we had ample time for the flowers.
After painting the vase, switch paints and add green stems. Just like this little beauty…
I made up a variety of flower templates from card stock. It’s easy to do, so don’t feel overwhelmed by this step. Just draw a flower (the simpler the better) onto card stock and cut out. Trace onto more card stock and cut.
Before beginning this step, I explained to the children that they must choose one template to cut out (I had a variety of sizes and shapes). Then, if they wanted, they could make their own flower shapes. Many did. The reason for choosing one, is to have them get a feel for the size necessary to fill the paper. After cutting out the flowers, glue onto paper.
This is the fun part! I imposed a two-flower limit on the glitter, so the bouquet wouldn’t look overrun.
Want more Valentine’s Day art inspiration? Download our free drawing guide on this adorable duck and mixed-medium hearts!