Thursday, June 14, 2012

Silhouette Flowers

My hope was that our school's bed of agapanthus would be in full bloom before the end of the semester and that I would take classes out to do observational drawings, but alas, it didn't happen that way. All we had were lots of buds. So I went to Plan B.

I went out into the neighborhood where, of course, the flowers were in full bloom and took some photos. I then took one of them and edited it on a site called "" (which I heard about from Mary at Marymaking blog - which you can find on my sidebar) to get the impression of a negative. I may do more with this concept next year for teaching positive/negative space.

In this lesson, using the negative photo as inspiration, kids use a brush for the stems and parts of the flower, the edge of a piece of scrap matt board to print the spiky parts of the flower and their fingerprints for the round parts of the blossom.

Using the color print as a guide, kids make colored papers trying to duplicate the various purples and lavenders of the agapanthus. These are used as part of the double matt their silhouettes. I am thinking that painted papers in greens would also add to this lesson next time.


  1. Love this Christie! The agapanthus prints would look beautiful on the painted backgrounds too. Great idea using finger prints for the flowers!

  2. Oh this is a pretty one. With agapanthus it's so easy to distill the flowers down to their respective parts. Great idea for the kids (but I'd like to try too.)

  3. Oh my! I have been mourning the loss of Picnik for months now. Thank you so much for letting me know about Ipiccy - I love it!

  4. Great job. I like so much your blog.
    Renata (italian teacher)

  5. Picnik was already gone.I feel so sad about it also. I love your blog. It's so nice to look at your works. Thank you for sharing.
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