Painting Like Georgia O’Keeffe

Painting Like Georgia O’Keeffe

A good way to introduce your child to the works of a great artist is by giving him a hands-on activity he’ll remember. For this project, your child will create a painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.

What you’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolor Paper (you can find this at art and craft stores or even Wal-Mart)
  • Watercolor Paints (found at the same stores)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cup with Water
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Styrofoam plate (optional)
  • Paper Towels
  • Flowers or Pictures of Flowers
  • Sample Paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe (You can find these online or in a library book)

O’Keeffe is well-known for her close-up watercolor paintings of flowers, in which parts of the flowers fill up the whole frame. Before you begin, show your child some examples of her work.

Now, have your child choose a flower to paint. He can use an actual flower as a reference or a picture from a book or Internet source. Have him draw an enlarged version of the flower on his paper with the pencil. Show him how to draw it so big that it covers the whole paper.

Next, have him color it in using the watercolors. He can use paints that come either in a pan or in tubes. If using the paints in tubes, squeeze a little of each needed color onto a Styrofoam plate. Show him how to dip into the water with his brush first, then into the paint. The water helps the paint move on the paper.

Georgia O’Keeffe created a number of paintings in this style, and your artist can too!

Photo by by jimmiehomeschoolmom



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