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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Oil Pastel Poinsettias

Created on February 02, 2013 by MrsImpey

This project was done in conjunction with my poinsettia pots. Students drew poinsettia flowers from real plants in the classroom.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT observe the details of a poinsettia.
2. SWBAT draw realistic poinsettias.
3. SWBAT create a balanced composition.
4. SWBAT blend oil pastels to create value and texture.

1. Black construction paper
2. Pencils
3. Oil pastels
4. Poinsettia plants
5. Practice paper

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Day 1: Have students practice drawing poinsettias from observation without any direction. After 15 minutes, do a quick critique of their work. Discuss what details they see on a poinsettia. Give a demonstration of how to draw a poinsettia and then let students continue to practice.

Day 2: Have students draw their poinsettias on black paper. Discuss having a variety of sizes and placement on the paper. Outline with white oil pastels.

Day 3-4: Give a demonstration on how to blend colors with the oil pastels to create value and texture. Discuss complementary colors (red and green in particular) to show how they work together, and talk about where there should be darker shadows on the poinsettias. Students should spend the rest of the time finishing up their poinsettias.

See attached rubric.

I did this project at the same time we created our poinsettia pots. While we waited for them to fire in the kiln, we worked on these drawings.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

Georgia O’Keeffe


Balance, Color/Value, Shape, Space, Texture, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Drawing, Pastel