A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA for one of the professional development days. If you've never been there, you should definitely visit! Its a great art resource right in our backyard! You can see real artist working and visit their studio space. One of the artists I got to meet was Matthew Johnston, a painter. I used his paintings of "Tall Tulips" as inspiration for this project. First grade students loved learning about a local artist! I showed them pictures of Matthew Johnston's studio and a few samples of his artwork. Check out their interpretation of Tall Tulips below!