O’Keeffe Flowers (Get Kids to Draw BIG!): Free Lesson Plan Download
Grade Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Color and Space
Art Skills: Drawing Large
Making Connections: Art History
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I had nearly written off teaching Georigia O’Keeffe to 2nd grade students. The last two years had proven to be less than successful. The flowers were too small, I wasn’t happy with the materials I used, and nothing was “hall worthy” in my eyes. So I went to my amazing art team and asked them what their tips were for helping kids to draw big. I received lots of great ideas.
Tips for Kids to Draw BIG
- Tell them the flower fell off right off the paper! This was such a cute suggestion!
- Students MUST touch all 4 sides of the paper with their objects
- Give several examples and non-examples of what is the right size and what isn’t
- Give students many different examples of TYPES of flowers to ensure variety
- Review the word OVERLAPPING and talk about how petals overlap
“I can do this!” I thought. Armed with my bag of tricks, I used them all on the first drawing day with students. I have to say, none of these tips was something I didn’t already know. I just needed to be reminded of how to best use them. I also needed to use ALL of these instead of just a few. So, I did, and it worked!
Here are some of the initial drawings, which I had the kids outline in Sharpie.
After students outlined with Sharipe, I had them also define some parts with colored watercolor markers. Then, they filled in the spaces with watercolor. If students chose a cool color for the flower, I asked them to do a warm background. If they chose a warm color for the flower, I asked them to do a cool background. This was a great review of Warm and Cool Colors for the students as well.