This scratch art sunflower art project is fun! It’s an easy art technique for children to explore and the results look gorgeous. This activity is part of our Sunflower School – see below for details on how to access all these wonderful resources.
Scratch art sunflower art project for kids
Scratch art is a classic art technique that every child should try! It uses oil pastels to create layers of colour. Then you scratch off the top layer to reveal the hidden colours underneath.
By using oil pastels in yellow and orange, with a top layer of black, brown or blue we can create gorgeous sunflower art.
oil pastels in yellow, orange and green
oil pastels in black, dark blue or dark brown
pencil, wooden skewer or other fine implement for mark making
How to make scratch art sunflowers
First prepare your card. Use yellow, orange, and green oil pastels to fill your card with colour. You may like to colour the area where your stalk will be green and reserve the yellow and orange colours for the area where your flower will be.
Next cover over these colours completely with a layer of black, dark blue or dark brown oil pastels.
Then you can begin to draw out your design. Use a pencil or wooden skewer to draw with and you will notice how it scratches off the top layer of dark oil pastel to reveal the bright colours underneath.
Use different marks, shapes, and patterns to add lots of texture to your sunflower.
You could draw one big sunflower head or create a whole garden of sunflowers. And if you want to make more, just colour up another piece of card in the two layers of oil pastel and keep on drawing.
Sunflower School curriculum and printables
The Sunflower School curriculum matches a full programme of learning to the natural growing cycle of sunflowers.
It gives you six units of learning:
:: In the spring we’ll focus on planting and watching our plants grow.
:: In the summer we’ll learn about bees and pollination, and celebrate the gorgeous blooms through art.
:: In the late summer and early autumn we’ll turn our attention to harvesting, sustainability, and closing of the growing year.
Bonus sunflower printables
Our Sunflower School curriculum comes with 30 pages of bonus printables that you can use with your children to enrich their learning, including:
- My Sunflower Journal printable
- Lined, plain, and half-and-half journal pages
- Sunflower poems printable
- Sunflower sticker sheet
- Printable plant labels
- Sunflower counting mat
- Sunflower addition mat
- Sunflower subtraction mat
- Sunflower word mats
- Bee number cards
- Bee writing and scissor skills pages
- Garden Creatures page
- Honeycomb alphabet
- Printable seed packets