Thursday, April 12, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe

Students study the still life they set up before drawing.

Georgia O’Keeffe is a great American artist. We have read a number of books about her life and art (see my book shelf below). The students like that O’Keeffe was born in Wisconsin (they've all been to the water parks in the Dells) and rarely painted people. It is impressive the information the FDKers retain. Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her paintings of bones, shells, and scenery from the west. Monday we drew a shell together, noticing the lines and shapes and shadows. We used our fingers to smudge the pencil marks and made shadows and added depth. Later at our Art Station the students chose from a small selection of items reminiscent of O’Keeffe’s work (and a horn to remind us of JAZZ and a stuffed bunny for an Easter flare) to set up a still life. Then the kids went to work drawing. Talk about impressive!

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