This gorgeous book written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher was our inspiration for some beautiful flower art. The Imaginary Garden tells a story of grandfather and granddaughter who paint a lush garden mural when a real garden is no longer possible in Poppa’s new apartment.
Just as little Theodora and Poppa created flowers from bright green stems and blobs of paint colour, the students used dabs of paint to create beautiful imagined gardens, each one unique.
Students began by adding dibs and dabs, blobs and swirls of bright coloured paint to their papers.
Some chose to make huge blooms. Others, a mixture of shapes and sizes.
Then with vibrant green paint, stems were added.
We let our pictures dry overnight with plans to add details the next day with felt markers.
When we were ready to add more detail to the flowers on Day 2 we used two books by Lois Ehlert for inspiration.
Planting a Rainbow takes us on a garden tour colour by colour.
Waiting for Wings tells the story of butterflies flitting flower to flower in a garden in full bloom. Both books are gorgeous.
Each student approached this step very carefully creating a variety of interesting effects. Markers were used to add details to blossoms and stems.
Finished pieces are stunning. Come check out our display in the hall and walk through an imaginary garden or two or three . . .
Can you pick a favourite flower?
We were so pleased with how these pieces turned out that our Mother’s Day cards are painted in the same style!
Another one just because they are that beautiful . . .
Tempted to come visit our display yet? They really do look beautiful all together!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms, Grandmas and important women who love us!
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