Monday, January 18, 2010

Art History: Gorgeous Watercolor Georgia O'Keeffe Flowers

I visited the Frog Princess'
First Grade Classroom
on Friday afternoon
for our monthly
Art in the Schools

We looked at the work of
Georgia O'Keeffe.

(the frog princess and her classmates hard at work)

We focused on
O'Keeffe's paintings
of flowers.

A little splash of color on a
dreary January afternoon.

I asked the students to sketch
a flower in pencil on their papers
(a piece of card stock)
and to try to touch all four sides of the paper.

We used our imaginations
to see flowers
from the perspective
(or view point)
of a bee...
(or...a butterfly, ladybug, wasp, etc.)


They traced over their pencil drawings
with permanent markers.

Then, we got out the watercolors
and got to work adding
bright, beautiful colors.

I love how this student transformed an
accidental splatter
intentional splatters.

I showed him how to
tap the brush
gently on his finger
to control the splatters.

My mantra:
There are no mistakes in art
only opportunities for new ideas!

The students really
got into their work
and did a fantastic job!

I love the stained glass effect
of the bold black sharpie lines
with the watercolor!

So happy!

I loved getting back into the classroom
and teaching art again.

Our masterpieces lined up
in the hallway to dry!

Happy Painting!


Bethany said...

When I was a kid I took painting and sketching lessons. I did not excel at either and cried during the classes out of frustration. I wish I had had a teacher like you. One who understands that art isn't just about technics. I think I would have enjoyed art more.
The paintings are so sweet and what a memory for the kids.

kristin said...

i always LOVE permanent marker and watercolor. love it.

these are amazing.

Anonymous said...

I just want to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. You are such a creative being - and cherish your kids. It makes me smile to see how you "get it", meaning you "get" what really matters. Thank you!

jlbee said...

sooo lovely and inspiring! cool that you're teaching in your daughter's class! sharpies and watercolors are my absolute favorite medium for my own art, too. :)

Johanna said...

such beautiful art! I often think that children's art is more beautiful than adult's art- nothing holding them back.
Your daughter and her classmates are lucky to have you come in and teach them!

Brown Sugar Babies said...

**standing ovation**

Cindy said...

Georgia O'Keeffe is one of my favorite artists. The kids did amazing!

who.knows.what.dreams.may.go said...

very awesome idea, will use soon :)

vanessa said...

These are amazing. I love kids' art.

Kylie said...

These are stunning and would look fabulous on the wall.

I also have an award for you over at my blog.

danita said...

so beautiful!

Amy said...

What a great art class. It sounds like so much fun. They are lucky to have you teach a class at your daughter's school.

Kristen said...

You're awesome! I gonna do this with my kids today!

Jen said...

What a wonderful art lesson! My girls would just love it!


The Glamorous Housewife said...

Wonderful lesson. I think I might have to do this with my kids too. Bravo!

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Infarrantly Creative said...

Holy cow how old are those kids? Those are brilliant. Ok it is funny what you said about my pingpong skirt my little guy ALREADY decided it was his new "house" He is ging to be sad to share with boxes and bins. HAHA

Amber said...

I love this. The flowers are so colourful and bright that I'm smiling. And I love the confidence-building way you approached the art. So great. :)

Elise said...

These children will remeber your art lesson for a long time. They created such vibrant, glorious art. I love how you asked them to try and touch all corners of the paper. I am adopting your art mantra.

The parents of these children now have such gorgeous artwork to keep. i can Imagine these pieces being proudly displayed in their homes.

Yarni Gras! said...

WONDERFUL! I just had my daughter come see and now she is inspired to try it too!

Cassie said...

Those flowers are just gorgeous! I left an award for you on my blog today!

SkylarKD said...

These paintings are gorgeous!!

Anne said...

Gorgeous! I love this idea!

sarah in the woods said...

These are beautiful! I'll have to show them to my daughter to inspire her.

Patty P said...

Lovely! And I love the photographs and blog presentation as well!

Bridgett said...

These made me happy just looking at them!

So beautiful!

Infant Bibliophile said...

This is such a great idea. The end results are beautiful. I have starred it in my google reader to try someday.

Monica Crumley said...

These turned out bright and beautiful. I need a tip on how to keep the kids from using watercolor too "dry" and smearing on the paint as if it were tempura. My kids just don't get the "water" concept of watercolor.

Elizabeth said...

I fell upon your blog via frog blog and I'm in LOVE with all of your kid-friendly art-inspired crafts. First, I love that your kids have the opportunity to learn about artists at their school. I've been pushing for that at my daughter's school since she started kindergarten:) Second, I'm a new SAHM and I'm always crafting with my kiddos, so your blog is my new source of inspiration! I can't wait to read more! **following**

ViSart-DaLi Happy Mom and Passionate Artisan said...

Love all your craft, definitely will make them with my boys!
Thank you

Jasmine Bailey-Barfuss said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful! We did something similar after seeing Meg D's post - I am only just now checking out where she got her inspiration from! I love it! So vibrant! Worthy of framing :D :D :D

Flannery Buchanan said...

I just blogged about doing this project with my kids! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!


Crystelle said...

I really like it! It's a great idea!
Did the boys like it too?

Kath said...

This is such a brilliant idea, to work with kids following an artist's style. I'm feeling really inspired to try this at home! Their work is so beautiful, and I just love those bold colours! Thanks for yet another great crafty idea!!

Diane Radack said...

I just discovered you on Pinterest. I am a retired art teacher and got so excited about your lessons. Great idea! I just sent a link to your site on twitter. I used the hashtag #teachers Keep up the good work.

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