As the first woman artist and the first American artist we’ve talked about during the Art Smart lessons, I was thrilled to introduce the kids to Georgia O’Keefe’s life and art. During the critique portion of the lesson, we discussed what made O’Keefe’s flower paintings so unique (the size of the flowers) and what she might have been trying to say to people by painting them so large. They brought up words like beauty, detail, & appreciation.
I brought a basket full of interesting flowers for the kids to use as for the Georgia O’Keefe inspired artwork.
The unexpected challenge was to get the kids to really examine and draw the flower they picked instead of the flower in their head. I also had to constantly encourage them to draw bigger and bigger and insist the resist the urge to add a sun into their picture because, like we learned from Georgia O’Keefe, this project was all about the flower.
I was so impressed with their beautiful pieces of art created with chalk pastels.
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