These colorful tulips are very simple to make and always turn out beautifully (even with a class full of art-challenged students). To make, first give each student one piece of white construction paper (9"x12") or a piece of drawing paper, 1/2 sheet of yellow, orange, or red construction paper, and 1/3 sheet of green. Demonstrate how to draw a simple tulip shape. I always demonstrate this on the board and tell the students to draw a "u" shape. Then make a wide "W" shape to connect the top. Students will need to draw 2 larger tulips and 2 smaller tulips. This is the challenge: encourage students to make the larger tulips about the size of a mayo jar lid. In my experience, students always want to draw tiny tulips that are much too small for this art project. Once students have 4 tulips, then demonstrate drawing the shape of the tulip leaves. Students will need to cut out 4 stems and leaves for each tulip.
Once all of the pieces are drawn and cut out, students then assemble the tulips onto their paper and glue down. I usually simply show several examples of previous students' work. (You could simply project some of the pictures from this page for the students to use as a guide). Now comes the fun part. Depending on the color of the tulips, students need 3 shades of that color crayon to match the construction paper. Beginning with the lightest shade (of red, orange, or yellow), color a thin area around each tulip shape. Then with the next darker, color around the area previously colored. Finally, color with the darkest shade. (See pictures) Repeat this process with the 2 or 3 shades of green around the stems and leaves. Finally, have students color the top 1/2 of the background blue and the bottom half green. Your students will have created a simple springtime masterpiece, and you will love how simple this spring art activity is!
Yes, when I grow up, I'd love to be an art teacher! ha ha! Until then, I'll simply sneak in some fun art activities in my classroom when I can.
Have a very blessed day!