- “Paint Me a Picture” by Emily Bannister
- White paper
- Black permanent makers
- Yellow watercolor
- Paint brushes
- Assortment of flowers
For this activity we read “Paint Me a Picture” by Emily Bannister. We talked about the colors in the book and the feelings associated with each color. During our discussion, we noticed that the illustrator drew the pictures with black ink and the background of the pages had a splash of the color being talked about. This is what inspired our art project for the day. We decided that the page about the color yellow was our favorite. We liked how the page had flowers and the yellow made us feel happy and cheerful.
To start this project, I arranged an assortment of real and fake flowers in a vase and placed them on the table. The kids observed the flowers and then began to draw what they saw on paper with a black sharpie marker.
When they were done drawing their flowers, we began to cut them out individually. Some kids needed help cutting around the flowers so I assisted with this step as needed.
Before we glued the flowers down, we used two different types of yellow watercolor to paint the background. Some kids chose to paint the whole paper yellow while others chose to paint an environment for their flowers. A few kids chose to paint shapes and different lines on their paper.
Once the paper was painted, we glued out flowers on.
Each project came out unique and beautiful and was displayed proudly in our classroom.