My homeschool group studied the work of Georgia O'Keeffe today. We talked about her work -specifically her flower paintings.
Our class learned about abstraction and how O'Keeffe became fascinated with the idea after seeing how photographs could be cropped in such a way as to make an image of a real thing become abstract.
We talked about composition and expressing emotions through art with color and line.
Our project today was to create our own 18"x24" mixed media flower painting. We took some time to learn how to use watercolor techniques, such as wet on wet and wet on dry painting. We also explored the special effects salt and isopropyl alcohol have on wet watercolors. For our art work we also used pastel chalks, so we experimented with dry chalk and rubbing, dry chalk gone over with a wet brush, and chalks dipped in water before drawing. The kids took some time to practice all of these techniques and to create a sketch and color plan for their final work.
|thinking about composition|
|making a plan|
|trying out techniques|
|even our youngest students were very busy!|
With our plans in place the final work began.
|working in chalk|
|painting over chalk|
|lots of space, lots of texture|
|very abstract= very interesting|
|chalk dipped in water before drawing|
|wet paint on wet paper|
|new idea, spray drying watercolor lightly with water... cool results|
|everyone is finishing up|