Charles Tunnicliffe explore nature activities: Flowers

Dissect a flower

When we say dissect, we really mean cut up or gently pull apart, as it’s fun to feel the textures of the different parts of the flower as you explore a flower in detail..

Charles Tunnicliffe created detailed nature studies to make sure he got the proportions correct in his pictures.

What you need:

  • Daffodil or other large flower
  • Plain paper/card
  • Magnifying glass (optional)
  • Scissors / Tweezers
  1. Firstly, close your eyes and hold the flower, what does it feel like in your hands? What does it smell like?
  2. Open your eyes and look closely at the daffodil and admire it’s golden yellow colour.
  3. Carefully pull apart or cut apart each part of the flower.
  4. Start by removing the leaves. Then remove the petals.
  5. You could carefully cut down the stem to see inside.
  6. If you have a magnifying glass use that to look at the different sections closer.
  7. As you remove each part see if you can identify it from the labelled diagram. (You could stick each part to a piece of paper and label it).
  8. Draw a detailed sketch of the parts of your flower like Tunnicliffe’s sketches.

Can you find the following parts –

Root – Carries water and nutrients from the soil to the plant and keeps it anchored in the ground.
Petal – Often brightly coloured to attract insects
Leaf – Uses energy from sunlight to photosynthesise creating oxygen and sugars for the plant to use for energy
Pollen – Pollen is a fine powdery substance which contains the male reproductive cells. It is produced by the anthers of seed bearing plants.
Stem – The plant stem transports water and nutrients from the soil to the rest of the plant. The stem supports the leaves and flowers allowing them to be raised above the ground to be in the light.

Please share your drawings with us and we will build up a gallery of them. Add them to our post on our Facebook page #MuseumFromHome #MaccMuseums or you can e-mail your pictures to [email protected]