Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Sunflowers

In my primary classes we have been looking at the beauty of Autumn. We are so blessed to have the four seasons in Ohio and experience the cycles of life.  This year the fall colors were spectacular! In Art class we discussed the beautiful colors that you see in the fall and the foliage and flowers in bloom.  One fabulous flower is the Sunflower. 

 The children delighted in created their personal flowers. 
First, we painted various shades of fall colors on construction paper. 

 After our painted papers were drying,  I read the book The Sun Seed by author Jan Schubert.

This is a lovely book for children to view before creating their personal artwork.

 We looked at the shapes of sunflower petals, then the students created their own petal shape, traced more petals from the original one, then glued the petals to a circle center. 

 Lastly, students created seeds from oil pastels and tissue paper.

When students were done creating their special sunflower stems were painted on a background then the flower tops were added to the finished mural. I hope you have a wonderful fall season as well!


Construction Paper
Tempera Paint
Oil Pastels
Tissue Paper

Laura is an elementary art teacher and the author of the blog Painted Paper. She has presented her thematic units nationally at the National Art Education Association and Ohio Art Education Association Conferences. You can follow her updates on fun and creative projects for kids here.


  1. I always love sunflower since I was a little kid, the yellow color of it made me fell in love with this bright colored flower. Making resemblance out of it is really a great activity. These flowers designed by these children are so fascinating to look at.

  2. Beautiful, Laura! And I love the book tie-in! I pinned your post to my Kids' Fall Activities Board at

  3. LOVELY! This is so colorful and attractive, even when made by young children. Thank you for the ideas and beautiful photos. I'll pin this on my fall board.


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