Cycle 3 Week 15- Georgia O’Keeffe

For the next three weeks, the art lessons will focus on painting technique and color.

This week, we will copy a painting by the famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The focus will be on mixing colors smoothly on the canvas, and creating light and dark areas for dimension and contrast.

O’Keeffe completed around two hundred paintings of flowers, which are iconic of her style. Depending on the closeness of her viewpoint, some feel completely abstracted while others are representational. The painting in this lesson is clearly of purple flowers, but still shows O’Keeffe’s simplicity of form and focus on color and light.

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Materials:

  • Purple Petunias templates printed on cardstock (page 2 of lesson plan)
  • Color print(s) of Purple Petunias (page 3 of lesson plan)
  • Paintbrushes, large and small sizes
  • Tempera paint
  • Water
  • Cups
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Images of Georgia OKeeffes work

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Here is the Cycle 3 Week 15- Georgia O’Keeffe lesson plan, including the print-outs needed.