Sunday, 13 November 2016

Poppy Painting- Remembrance Day Art.

As this year's remembrance Sunday comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the many many people who have been killed, injured or otherwise affected through losing a loved one in war. How grateful I am to be able to raise my children in a peaceful country, where they are able to access education and every opportunity they seek after.

For the last few years, I have tried to make sure the children get to do some sort of art or craft activity around poppies. It's a good opportunity to talk about the significance of the flower and for us to work on something together.

This year we went for a Poppy field painting. It was inspired by the beautiful animation shown on CBeebies (see HERE).

The children watched it before we began the painting as I wanted them to see the history behind the poppy flower and for them to get some creative inspiration from the lovely animated pictures.

Here is how we did it...


  •   Long roll of thick paper (I used wall paper lining from B+Q)
  • 2-3 shades of green - Acrylic preferably, or poster paint if not.
  • 1 Small cup of watered down green poster paint.
  • Red paint
  • Black paint
  • Straws
  • Pallet knife
  • Small pieces of sponge - I tore up pieces off a washing up sponge.
  • Paintbrushes. 

How to:

I began by pouring small amounts of the watered down poster paint onto the paper, then letting the children blow the paint around in any way they wanted. 

We then used the pallet knives and paintbrushes to cover the bottom half in the shades of green acrylic paint. I didn't show the children how to paint on it. I just told them these were the fields and stems of the poppies. I felt it was important not to scaffold how they were painting, as I wanted them to enjoy the experience of mixing the colours and watching the different patterns appear as they used the brushes and pallet knives.

This was the first time for them using the pallet knives, so it was interesting how each of them interpreted how to apply the paint with them. They went for what I call the 'buttering' technique!

As you can see, the more diverse the marks the more effective it looked.

Also, the contrast between the watercolour we'd used first and the darker acrylic on top ended up looking quite effective.

Then we moved onto painting the poppy petals. We used sponges for this part - I showed them how to put two blobs next to each other to make it look a bit like the petals. But they ended up doing their own versions of the poppies - some were huge, some were tiny. It all added to the effect!!

Once we were happy with the number of poppies on the paper, we used paintbrushes to dab black paint the centre into each of the poppies.

Chick 6 stayed the longest at the painting. She wanted to make sure absolutely every flower had the black centre.

 Once we were happy with how many poppies were there, we took a step back and smiled. I didn't really have any idea what it was going to turn out like before we stared. But I was so pleased with the finished thing. I'm really considering getting it framed to put up somewhere in the house.

If you happen to have a go at doing a similar project, please send me a picture of it. I'd love to see how it turns out.


  1. Really truly beautiful in every way ❤

    1. Hey Martha, Thank you!!! It was really an idea I got when I was watching that animation and to be honest it was the kids that made it look lovely. I didn't do that much, I just told them what colours to use for each part!

  2. That came out so lovely! I just love it.

    1. Thank you!! It was such a fun project to do with the kids :)