Students will create watercolors of flowers using Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings of flowers as a guide. Students will learn about Georgia O'Keeffe as well as become familiar with her style and artwork. Students will compare different kinds of floral artwork and understand that artists take many different perspectives when creating their work.
Georgia O'Keeffe: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia - a good, simple resource for you as well as your students; reproductions of some of O'Keeffe's "close-up" flower paintings (most of these are oil on canvas paintings); several pieces of floral artwork by other artists done from different perspectives (ie; not close up, in a vase, in a field); watercolor paints and brushes for the class; watercolor paper; several large, colorful, fresh flowers
Have students share paintings with classmates. Talk about the difficulties, the likes and dislikes, and the outcomes. Have them reflect on their art in writing.
Were students able to use the basic techniques that they outlined earlier? Did they follow directions? Did they participate when class defined the characteristics of O'Keeffe's art?