with O'Keeffe on the Details
Art and the Unexpected Beauty of Nature
sees a flower, really--it is so small--we haven't time, and
to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Georgia
often describe the art of Georgia O'Keeffe as being somewhere
between stark realism and abstract design. O'Keeffe
was an artist finely attuned to the sounds and sights of the natural
expresses her wonder in life and the world.
year as spring advances,
we are drawn
to its wonder and beauty.
Take some clues from Georgia O'Keeffe's art
for a lesson in the tulip garden. Use this technique to focus and
capture the beauty of a tulip flower, or any other wonder
Lesson: Focusing on a Flower
of 9x11 white drawing paper
of 12x24 white drawing paper
chalk, craypas or crayons
sizes of rectangular paper frames (to place on drawing to help
focus on specific regions)
flowers, shells, plants, bones, feathers, or other assorted nature
Gather library resources and explore O'Keeffe's paintings.
Brainstorm a list of things that catch your eye about her work.
-Do they create an emotion?
-Do her colors and shapes remind you of something?
-How does she use 'focus' in her art?
-Can you define the term "abstract?"
Discuss how you could use her technique in a piece of your own
Select an object to draw.
a standard 8x11 sheet of white paper, fill the page with a detailed
pencil drawing of your object. (A detailed drawing is important.)
When your drawing is complete, use
paper frame to select a small rectanle within the drawing that
contains interesting lines and color.
a pencil, outline the rectangle and study your selection closely.
Look at the way the lines intersect. Closely examine the model
you drew from; what are the colors?
Are the colors the same up close as at a distance?
a large sheet of paper and colors, reproduce the small window
of focus from your drawing onto the full-sized sheet of paper.
When you are done, write a description of your final artwork.
(Use the Journaling Questions to help you.)
Ask volunteers to create a gallery to display their works.
a pencil drawing to start
focus-in using color
you surprised at how things look when you examine
it hard to "see" and reproduce a part of your first
picture into such a large piece of art?
to define the word "abstract."
Would you describe your final color picture as "abstract?"