Inquiry Focus

Narcissus Art--Mixed Media Flowers

Jeff Stockton came again, this time to share the myth of the Narcissus—a flower we have grown from bulb form to bloom multiple times. As when we did our “crying flower” art, more discussion occurred about our unique characteristics and the features which make us special. We were introduced to some drawing “tricks” to assist in the realistic depiction of our self-portrait. Some of these include putting the eyes in the middle of the oval (head shape); hair covers one third of the oval of the face; keep your eyes on the mirror at your face—much more than you look at your paper on which you are drawing, etc. And so, we drew our faces, with all our unique marks. Each child was given a mirror to carefully examine their face. Mrs. Patsula came to everyone and pointed out unique freckles, lines or markings that made their face different from all the others in their class. After drawing their face in pencil, each child traced over the lines with a black pen to make the facial details stand out. This made up the central disk of the narcissus flower. Now, onto the petals.

This proved to be the time consuming portion of the artwork. The petals were precut by a parent but plain in colour. Though that is appropriate for the realistic colour of the actual flower that had bloomed in our classroom, we wanted colour and to experiment with blending of colours without a drawing material. Children were asked to rip hundreds of colours of tissue paper into small pieces. After picking their colours of paper, they paint with a white glue and water mixture on top of the tissue paper. This “painting” affixes the paper, blends the colours and flattens the paper to the petal as some pieces of paper are crumpled up.

The end result was a mixed-media artwork that had the individuality of the artist incorporated into the face and the colours of the rainbow depicted in the vivacious and 3-dimentional petals. This is an artwork to treasure!

When painting the tissue paper petals, we used a mixture of glue and water. It made our fingers very sticky if we got it on us.
You had to be careful to cover the entire petal with the tissue paper and the glue mixture. The tissue art is like stained glass.
It took a long time but our patience was rewarded with a beautiful art project!
This is a photo of a real narcissus flower that we grew in our own classroom.
The boys are drawing their face, including all the details they can see like freckles, wrinkles, lines, etc.

Our narecissus art is displayed as a growing being, full of beautiful flowers.



To Glendale School's Current Inquiries page or Kindergarten Newsletters.