One of the last big projects I did with the children this year was a flower study. We looked at the work of Georgia O’Keefe and how she painted her flowers to fill the entire canvas. We noted three things that Georgia O’Keefe did:
She painted the flowers to the edges of the canvas.
She used just 3 to 4 main colors on the flower paintings.
She painted a simple background.
The main objective was to get the children to draw huge flowers. I stressed that their flowers needed to touch each side of the paper.
Drew the flower with pencil and traced it in a sharpie pen. (Watercolor paper)
FLOWER STUDY 2
For this second study – we moved from watercolor to tempera paints. The drawing was the same – but no sharpie! I used a heavy cardstock paper and cheap foam brushes from Michaels. Again – I put out a cool and warm palette.
I used a foam plate for the paint – perfect with three sections.
We finished with painting flowers on canvases using acrylics. Unfortunately, I failed to take photos!! But the end results were beautiful. You can buy panel canvases from Dick Blick very reasonably and I used the dollar acrylic paint from Michaels. Here is a peek at a photo a parent took: