Sunday, June 17, 2012

3rd Grade - Georia O'Keeffe Flowers

I love Georgia O'Keeffe's large flower paintings.  They are great for teaching ANALOGOUS COLORS and VALUE.  I have the students start with a white 18x18 square. We draw the flower as big as the paper. We start with a circle close to the center, and three petals that stretch towards the corners or side... they have to be spaced apart, not touching. Then we draw a couple more, starting the petals off the sides of the others.

I have 4 classes, so each class works with one analogous color group.  We start with first outlining the pencil lines. Next, mixing the colors three more times and outlining inward until the flower is fully painted.

Next, we paint some leaves by outlining leaf shapes with India ink on green construction or green painted paper.  Also... we give a black outline to the flower.

Lastly, we cut everything out and arrange it on a 18x18 colored background.  We added a little chalk to the background for an added texture. 

This makes for a beautiful display!!!


  1. I love this lesson! I feel as though I found a kindred spirit! Welcome to he world of artful blogging.

  2. Thank you Patty! In case yo did not make the connection... I am vk.bowerman or vk.pacer, (new married name). You and Laura have been very motivating, so I finally got something up and running! Lots more to come!

  3. I love this project! Did you have the students paint the colored background? Or did they just use colored construction paper?