O’Keeffe Flowers

Georgetown’s 5th Grade artists have finished up their O’Keeffe flowers, and their completed pieces are stunning!  We focused on the art elements for this project, and the 5th graders were amazed to see how many important art elements were included in their flower paintings.

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After viewing O’Keeffe’s “Red Poppy”, 5th graders filled their picture space just like O’Keeffe did, and used a warm/cool color palette to paint their flowers.  Their final step – adding black glue lines – really made these beauties POP!

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See more of our O’Keeffe flowers at our Artsonia Gallery!

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2 thoughts on “O’Keeffe Flowers

  1. awesome!!
    what was the medium you used for the color?
    And what are those vocabulary blocks the boys (fun kids) are holding?

  2. We used plain old tempera paint on 20×20 heavy weight drawing paper! A couple of tricks though – we did the cool colors and warm colors on separate days, so the paint wouldn’t mix and make muddy colors. Also, we used the paint straight, no water; the kids just let the paint mix on their brushes as they worked. The straight paint without water created more vibrant colors and the drawing paper held up better than it would if it got too wet with water. We finished with black glue – a mixture of 1/2 glue, 1/2 black tempera paint, and a little water in the glue bottle. About those blocks…I use those to reinforce/talk about the art elements and principles. I received a donation of the boxes – about 5″x5″ and we painted them Action Jackson style. The extra boxes left over became my teaching tools; when I talk about the elements and principles, we discuss how using these makes our work stronger and more interesting, and that these are like the “building blocks” of art. When we finish a project, we review by stacking up the blocks that we used in the project. Big fun to make a huge stack. See this post for another look at the blocks: http://josettebrouwer.edublogs.org/2011/05/01/space/

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