The fourth in Galt’s Mini Masterpiece series is The Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh.
The Sunflowers, by the famous Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, is special because it was painted during a rare optimistic time in the painter’s life (those who have studied Van Gogh at school may know that he wasn’t always the happiest of chaps!). Perhaps this is why Sunflowers was his favourite painting.
Did you know that The Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, on display in the Natural Gallery, is in fact one of five sunflower paintings by this famous artist? The artists created the series of paintings for his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin as a sign of friendship and welcome when they moved to the South of France together. Van Gogh created the artwork to decorate his friend’s room.
Create your own version of The Sunflowers
Step 1: To start, download the Sunflowers template from the Galt Activity Zone.
Step 2: If you look at the Sunflowers painting by Vincent Van Gogh, you’ll see that he uses lots of different tones of yellow and orange. To start your painting, use Galt Chunky Pens and Paintastics to create all different shades for the petals of the sunflowers. You can also use different tones of green and blue to shade the stems and the leaves.
Step 3: Bring your painting to life by adding a tiny amount of brown paint to your orange and yellow Poster Paints and colouring in the side of the sunflowers. This will make it look like the sun is shining on the petals, leaving the other side in the shade.
Step 4: Add a line of brown paint along the same side of the vase. This will magically give it a curve and make it look 3D!
Step 5: Using your black or brownPaintastic brush, draw along the lines of the painting. This will frame the picture and make the individual flowers really stand out. Don’t forget to paint the table! We’ve chosen a bright green to compliment the colour of the leaves.
Finally, using a darker shade of green, paint the shadow of the sunflower vase on the table and voila – a bright and beautiful painting that’s perfect for decorating your bedroom!
Recreate The Sunflowers and get a FREE Greetings Card!
Why not follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps and give your Sunflower painting to your best friend as a sign of friendship? Everyone who enters will received a FREE greetings card from our friends at Snapfish, so you can send your masterpiece to your friends or family.
We asked a few friends to share their versions of The Sunflowers with us, which we hope gives you some great creative ideas for painting your own version!
These truly wonderful paintings are from The Brick Castle, Family Budgeting, Kid GL Loves, Jennifer’s Little World, You Baby Me Mummy, The Gingerbread House, Serenity You and Over 40 and a Mum of One.
A very big well done to all the talented artists that have shared their Mini Masterpieces with us! We’ve been so impressed with all the different designs.
WIN a Big Galt Arts and Crafts Bundle!
In addition to receiving a FREE Snapfish greetings card, everyone who shares their Mini Masterpiece with us will be in the running to win a great big bundle of Galt arts and crafts goodies!