Pinch Pot Sunflowers
1st Grade had the chance to learn about the super famous Vincent Van Gogh! We used his love for sunflowers as an inspiration for our pinch pots!
I remembered seeing a pinch pot sunflower project floating around Pinterest somewhere and thought that would be a good way to introduce the students to Vincent.
We started off by learning about how to create pinch pots, as well as learning about scoring, slipping, and smooth our flower petals to the edge of the pot so that they wouldn't fall off. I made sure to emphasize that if they didn't slip, score, and smooth, they would end up with a sad looking flower. This project proved to be a pretty tough one for them but we managed to crank it out in a single class period.
After firing their clay pieces and showing the students the kiln room, we got back our flowers. Students glazed the inside of the flower and the top/bottom of its petals. I asked them NOT to glaze the bottom rounded part of their flower because it would fuse to the kiln shelf. The glazing turned out beautifully! Students finished off their flower by painting the un-glazed bottom part green with tempera paint.
O'Keeffe Watercolor Flower
This was a quick one-day project about Georgia O'Keeffe. Believe it or not, she was from Sun Prairie, WI! That blew the kids' minds. We talked about how Georgia's paintings depicted enlarged flowers and because of their size those flowers became the emphasis/focal point of the artwork.
We drew out a flower shape, really making sure that our flowers were HUGE! We also talked about how good artists having things come off the edge of the paper. After they drew their flower, they sharpie'd and then erased the pencil lines. We re-touched on the watercolor technique wet-on-wet. This was a method that we used on our fall leaves earlier in the year. We combined this painting technique with warm or cool colors to make these beautiful flowers!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President. Apple Teacher.