Art and the Flower
Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe

"Nobody 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 O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe was finely attuned to the sounds and sights of the natural world.Take inspiration from O'Keeffe's art and capture the beauty of a flower.

Dianne Fowler

Lesson: Focusing on a Flower


  • Sheets of 9x11 white drawing paper
  • Sheets of 12x24 white drawing paper
  • Pencils, colored chalk, crayons
  • Assorted sizes of rectangular paper frames
  • Fresh Red Emperor flowers or photos
  • Other nature items: shells, plants, bones, feathers (Optional)


  1. Gather library resources and examine O'Keeffe's paintings.

  2. Brainstorm details you notice.
    -Do her paintings create an emotion?
    -What do her colors and shapes remind you of?
    -How does she use focus in her art?

  3. Select a flower to draw.

  4. Fill an 9x11 sheet of white paper with a big, detailed pencil drawing of your object. Then use a frame to choose a part of your art that contains interesting lines.

  5. Place a paper frame over an area on your completed drawing that With a pencil, outline the frame.

  6. Study the lines, shapes, and colors within the frame.

  7. Reproduce the small window of details onto a large sheet of paper with pencils and crayons.

  8. Write a description of your final artwork then share Twitter using #JNshare.
flower drawing
Create a pencil drawing, then frame a part of it.
Enlarge and color the shapes.
Science Notebooking
Showcase your art and discoveries
Travis Science Academy, Dianne Fowler

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