Then, using oil pastels, I did a directed lesson to get them started with the vase. (Start with drawing an oval in the center of the board. Add sides and bottom and color in everything BUT the oval. Make a vertical black strip on one side, and a matching white strip on the other side. Blend all layers together with curved, horizontal strokes, using the original color of pastel. (You can find a similar lesson with details and photos HERE.)The hardest part for little ones is to get that horizontal direction of their pastels as they blend the black, color and white together smoothly. I do a lot of walking around and assisting during that portion of the lesson.
Next, they added a simple plaid, fabric table cloth using whatever colors they liked. ( I modeled how to do this, too.)
A few stems were added to get ready for the flowers that they will add with paint next week.
The last step was to add 2 colors of chalk/pastels and smear it with their fingers for the subtle background.