The third grade students learned about the famous Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. The students observe a variety of works by van Gogh including: portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still lives. Then, the students each created a unique composition of a vase of sunflowers within their still life drawing. The students observe the shapes, colors and textures of sunflowers. The students also simulate wood grain on their table foregrounds through observation of the laminate wood table surfaces in our own classroom.