I am so excited to finally share this activity. I planned to it about 2 months ago, but life got in the way. Nevertheless, today I want to share our sunflower process art for fall. I love process art because I don’t have to stay put and direct the kids on each step. Instead, process art is all about letting kids explore art on their own terms with their own imagination. Sometimes a prompt or suggestion is needed to get the creative juices flowing, but other than that it’s all kid!
Materials needed for the Sunflower Process Art:
- Flowers (I used some that were starting to die after a week of gracing our home with beauty)
- White paper
Really you can use whatever the kids can think of for the project. These are the things that we chose, but don’t let it limit you or your child’s creativity.
Flowers can be amazing to explore paint with as well as you can create imprints of the flowers’ designs and make beautiful works of art.
My 11-year-old only wanted the glue and scissors and a piece of paper to create on, so that is what we used.
First, we took a close look at the flowers. She discovered that even though the centers of a sunflower look very sturdy, they are actually made of very fine, breakable pieces. When she removed all of the petals from the flower, she decided that the center of the flower would be perfect for a head.
She used petals to create a mouth, eyes and even eyebrows along with hair. Then, she topped the head with a “hat” just for fun.
Designing a dress for her flower creation was her favorite part and she used the yellow petals to represent arms and legs.
Then she made a smaller person to go along with the first.
No, prompting at all from me. In fact, I was in another room while she created most of it. She’s old enough to handle that, but if you have smaller children, you will want to be in a close supervisory role to make sure everyone is safe and no one is tasting flowers.
To extend an activity such as this, you can press and dry the creation by putting it between two pieces of parchment paper and placing some heavy books on top. Of course, this only works if the majority of the creation is already flat. So, next time you have some flowers that are ready to be tossed out, rinse them off and give them to your kids to create a masterpiece!