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Monday, January 4, 2010

Georgia O'Keeffe Lesson Plan

When I was young, Georgia O'Keeffe was one of may favorite artists. Today we looked at pictures in a book full of O'Keeffe's paintings. It was fun to hear all the different ideas about what the paintings might be about. Then I gave each student a view finder that I had cut out of card stock. The students looked through a stack of pictures of flowers and desert landscapes. I had each student choose a picture and use their view finder to frame the section that they wanted to paint. We used Dick Blick student canvas panels (less than $1 each!) and acrylic paint. Next time I would do a few demonstration sketches. I would show students how to match the image in the view finder to the dimensions of the canvas. Still, I think they did a great job. It would also be fun to do a few giant sketches with poster board.

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