Monday, January 18, 2010

Art History: Gorgeous Watercolor Georgia O'Keeffe Flowers

I visited the my daughter's First Grade Classroomon Friday afternoon to teach our monthly
Art in the Schools art lesson.This is a program run by parent volunteers to teach supplemental art lessons in the classrooms with a focus on art history and creating art in the style or theme of that artist.

We looked at the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.

My daughter and her classmates hard at work.

We focused on O'Keeffe's paintings of flowers.

A little splash of color on a dreary January afternoon.

I asked the students to sketch a flower in pencil on their papers
(a piece of card stock) and to try to touch all four sides of the paper.

We used our imaginations to see flowers from the perspective
(or view point) of a bee... (or...a butterfly, ladybug, wasp, etc.)

They traced over their pencil drawings with permanent markers.
Then, we got out the watercolors and got to work adding bright, beautiful colors.

I love how this student transformed an accidental splatter into intentional splatters.
I showed him how to tap the brush gently on his finger to control the splatters.

My mantra for art class that I always share with my students:
There are no mistakes in art only opportunities for new ideas!

The students really got into their work and did a fantastic job!

I love the stained glass effect of the bold black sharpie lines with the watercolor!

Such happy colors and bright flowers!

I loved getting back into the classroom and teaching art again.

Classroom hack if you're ever a parent volunteer teaching art, we always line up our wet paintings out in the hallway along the wall. Much easier than leaving them on desks! 
Our masterpieces lined up in the hallway to dry!

Happy Painting!

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Volume 1 Ebook for this lesson and many more! 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea 

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