This past week the flowers have been in full bloom up in The Glenn. The garden is full of oranges, yellows, purples and reds. These beautiful flowers inspired my art lesson for this week. The children at CMP are getting very good at mixing colors and I thought that a bouquet full of flowers would be the perfect inspiration for the kids.

Try this at home. Your children will enjoy working from observation and it helps them with eye-hand coordination and concentration. Enjoy!

Project:  “Spring Flower Still Life”

Spring flowers in art class at Carmel Mountain Preschool


  • Bouquet of flowers
  • Drawing paper 8” x 11” and a sheet cut in half to 4” x 5 1/2”
  • Cut cardboard pieces to 4” x  5 1/2”
  • Drawing pencils
  • Paint palette/paint: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, violet and white
  • Paint brushes
  • Small sponges (to dry the paint brushes)
  • Small cardboard squares (for pressing/scraping the paper onto the cardboard)

Step 1:

Place the bouquet of flowers in the center of the table.

Spring flowers in vase on table outside

Have the children create a drawing of the flowers, asking questions to provoke thought such as:

What kind of lines might you use to draw the flowers? Bumpy, squiggly, straight.  

Are all of the lines the same?

How are shapes of the petals different from the shapes of the stems?

Preschool girl drawing flowers in art class

Kids drawing spring flowers

Step 2:

Hand out cardboard, sponges, brushes, and paint.

Have the children look at the flowers and discuss the color variation:

What do you notice about the flowers?  

What colors do you see?

What part of the flowers are green?

Are the stems the same shapes as the pedals?

Paint the flowers onto the cardboard.

Preschool girl painting on cardboard

CMP Kids painting in art class

Step 3:

Hand out the small pieces of paper; about 3 sheets each and some small cardboard pieces.

Place the paper on top of the cardboard.

Rub the cardboard over the paper (in a pressing or scraping action), make sure to really press and get all of the edges.

Young girl in art class pressing art print

CMP student pressing print in art class

Pull the print.

Young art student with final art print

Step 4:

Repeat this process as many times as you would like. The children enjoy changing the painting each time and printing several to create a mini-printed bouquet of spring inspired flowers.

Preschool art painting

Spring art painting at CMP

Step 5:
Have Fun and Get Messy!

Blog by Julie Goldstein – Master Artist & Art Studio Teacher

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