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by Debi West lEarNING ObJECTIVES Fifth-grade students will . • • think about the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, specificallyhowshezoomedinonnature to see the beauty in our environment. think about how to use the art elements to create an original piece of artwork. maTErIalS • • • • • • 12" x 18" white drawing paper Permanentmarkers Plasticflowers Oil pastels Acrylic paint and brushes ReproductionsofO’Keeffeflowerpaintings This lesson has children looking closely, paying close attention to the lines and shapes they see. The following lesson plans are available at www.artsandactivities.com K–Grade 1: Miro Masks Grade 2: NativeAmericanDreamPole, Totem Catcher Grade 3: Nevelson Collaborative Sculpture Grade 4: Op Art lETTErS: m - N - O “O” ~ Outstanding O’Keeffe-Inspired Flowers saw, the colors, the shapes, the lines, etc. What they didn’t know was they would be making viewfinders and looking even more closely at the flowers! As I passed out small 2" x 2" squares, students were confused, thinking we would be drawing miniature flowers. I showed them how to fold their paper and cut out a small square, creating a mini viewfinder. They were excited to look through their viewfinder and “find” new things to look at closely! Once they all got settled down from their excitement over “seeing” in a new way, they were told to look for interesting areas in their flower arrangements and then draw what they saw. I gave them each a large piece of paper, 12" x 18", and wanted them to imagine what they saw in their viewfinder zoomed out and drawn directly onto their paper! These drawings were done in pencil and then outlined in permanent marker. On day two, I gave each table two palettes of paint, one with cool colors and one with warm colors. (I think keeping the palettes separate produces less of a chance of having students make “mud” colors.) They painted in as many areas as they could on this day. They were also given a palette of neutrals towards the end of class to create several tints and shades. On day three, students finished their paintings using markers. They “painted” in the areas that weren’t finished, and finalized them by adding a few lines of blended oil pastel to make the flowers truly spectacular, giving them that “finished” look! The flower paintings were all hung in a beautiful exhibit next to the flower arrangements. Many of the final pieces looked like abstract paintings, while many looked like zoomed-in flowers. The best part was viewers of the art had to really “look” to see what the paintings were—so this lesson had everyone from the artist to the viewer looking and learning! In my mind, that equals success on several levels! n Debi West, Ed.S., NBCT, is the Lead Art Educator at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga., and is a Contributing Editor for Arts & Activities. x www.ar tsandactivities.com O ne of my favorite lessons in art involves having my students do a study of Georgia O’Keeffe! Students are always intrigued about her life and her art, especially her “zoomed”-in flower studies. I found years ago that this lesson is always successful on many levels, as it has students looking closely, paying attention to the lines and shapes they see, and it makes for a wonderful color study. It fit in perfectly with my “Alpha Art” curriculum as it is a strong lesson for my fifth-graders! As I introduced them to the letter “O,” they “met” Georgia O’Keeffe via many of her prints displayed around the room and through a PowerPoint presentation. After I shared her life story, I began to pass out small assortments of plastic flower arrangements. Students discussed the flowers they Go to artsandactivities.com for the link to additional “Alpha Art” lesson plans for other grade levels. 18 februar y 2010

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