The third grade class planted sunflowers in the fall.  I decided to do a clay sunflower project to go along with the classroom lesson.  The sunflowers look amazing in person.  I sure wish one of my kids was a third grader.
Directions:
I had the slabs precut.
I discussed slipping and scoring clay.
The kids designed the sunflower.
I fired the sunflower. 
The kids used acrylic paint to finish the sunflower.

Everyone loves sunflowers.  I think they are the “power flower”.  In art, Van Gogh made them a “thing”.  Photographers love them as a subject.  Baseball players love to eat the sunflowers in a dugout.
Here’s Glen Campbell singing about Sunflowers back in 1982.
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