Paint and Marker Flowers

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Students will create flowers using paint and markers.

By: Dan Triplett

What You Need:

  • Tempera paint (or watercolor paint)
  • Brushes
  • For tempera, use poster paper or 80lb Sulphite drawing paper. For watercolors, use watercolor paper (90lb student quality is fine but you can use a heavy weight poster paper as an alternative)
  • Black Sharpie markers (permanent markers work the best but washable Crayolas will also do the trick)

What You Do:

Have the children paint “puddles” of color, (using all colors but green).

Once the colorful puddles have been painted, children then add a mix of yellow and green in the blank areas.

After the paint dries, show the children how to draw a flower on each puddle.

Repeat these instructions:

  • Draw a small circle in the middle your paint puddles.
  • Now, starting from that circle, draw a line ALL the way to the edge of your color. Go around the edge – make it wide – then go back to the circle in the middle.
  • Then, follow the line you just made ALL the way to the edge of the circle again, and follow the edge of the color.
  • Be sure to go all the way to the edge and follow your color borders.
  • Use the color’s edge as your guide.
  • You should end up with about 4 to 5 petals.

Also, see the video for further instructions on how to draw the flowers.

Children then draw the flower designs using black markers.

Video Instruction:

Notes From Dan:

The area where most kids struggle is in drawing the flowers.  They often don’t make the petals large and wide enough.  I recommend  first practicing on scrap paper  (draw a circle and make a flower that is just large enough to reach the edge of the drawn circle).

Really emphasize this process and monitor their progress and made suggestions where necessary.