How to Explore Nature and Art with Van Gogh’s Sunflowers


Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists and I find his work both colouful and bold.  He loved painting sunflowers and did a range of different still life paintings featuring these colourful flowers.

Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists and I am hoping to go to the Van Gogh museum in the Netherlands next year. Until then I will have to be content with making some artworks in the style of Van Gogh instead. His famous sunflower paintings are amongst the most recognised in the world. Whenever I see them I am always amazed by the colours he used and textures he created with the paint.

I want to start encouraging children to enjoy, explore and form an opinion about art.  As it is Autumn (Fall) here in the northern hemisphere we decided that using some leaves would be a great starting point for making some Van Gogh inspired sunflower art!

Creating your Van Gogh Sunflowers

Collect some different coloured leaves, look for different colours and textures.  You can also include sticks, acorns or stones as part of your artwork.  Once you have gathered these together, try setting out the leaves to make different sunflower shapes.  As you can see I used some stones to keep some of our flowers from being blown away in the wind.

Why not try making more artwork made with leaves, flowers and berries?  Or add some twigs, sticks or pebbles for more textures and patterns.  Just remember to check that the natural materials you use are safe to touch and always wash your hands after handling them as well.

Can you think of any other famous artworks or artists that you could recreate? We might try going down to the beach over the next few days to see if we can recreate another picture using driftwood, pebbles and seaweed! Or we may even create some sand art pictures! I will post some more ideas very soon!

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