Sunday, May 9, 2010

In the style of Georgia O'Keeffe



You need:

  1. black construction paper 20 by 20 cm
  2. wood glue
  3. oil pastels

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) was an American painter. O'Keeffe was a major figure in American art from the 1920's. She received widespread recognition for her technical contributions, as well as for challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones, and landscapes.
O'Keeffe played a central role in bringing an American art style to Europe at a time when the majority of influence flowed in the opposite direction. She found artistic inspiration in the rural Southwest, particularly in New Mexico, where she settled late in life.
In Santa Fe (New Mexico) is a special museum devoted to Georgia O'Keeffe.

Show paintings of O'Keeffe on the digital board. Discuss the remarkable things: fullscreen flowers, often painted over the edges, vivid colours and painted realistic. Watch how O'Keeffe denounced colours and shades in her work.

Children get a piece of black construction paper. They scetch a big flower with a pencil. The petals may be drawn over the edge. When ready, trace the lines with wood glue (clear drying). Wait until the glue has dried, and colour the flowers and background with oilpastels. Use different colours to make shades in the petals and the heart of the flower.