Filling a Space in a Beautiful Way

Yellow Cactus Flowers - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Filling a space in a beautiful way.  
That is what art means to me."

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

After a friend gave us this lovely book, we began a study of Georgia O'Keeffe. 

I have a confession:  Art intimidates me.  I am NOT an artist.  I love art and want my children to learn about artists, techniques, and to appreciate art.   This is one of the first attempts I have made in our homeschool to teach a full blown art lesson.   I looked for something SIMPLE.   This activity required paper, Sharpies, and watercolor markers.

We learned about warm colors, cool colors, Precisionism, and what abstract means.  

Our project was to make Georgia O'Keeffe inspired abstract flowers.  We started with a simple outline in black fine tip marker:

Everyone's turned out a little different.  Here is mom's:

Miss B's:  

and GMan:  

I'm so happy with the finished product!   If you'd like to try this lesson, you can get the plans at KinderArt.

As the children were coloring their flowers, I found a  slideshow of O'Keeffe's paintings set to music.  We let it play over and over.... and then read a little bit more about her online. I'm hoping there are some of her pieces in the permanent collection at The High Museum in Atlanta.   If there are, we will go see them soon.      

Do you like teaching art?  Are you scared like me?  Can anyone direct me to some websites for help?