Lesson: Georgia O’Keefe Flowers Art Education
Oshkosh Area School District
Painting Level: 3rd Grade
Photos of Finished Product, O’Keefe paintings
Students will understand the life story of Georgia Getting to Know Georgia O’Keefe by Mike Venezia
O’Keefe. Students will create their own Georgia flowers
O’Keefe-style paintings. Students will
demonstrate knowledge of complementary and
Art Education Benchmarks-3rd Grade
A1.3.1 Understand content vocabulary
A1.3.3 Understand that art communicates the voice/style of the artist
A1.3.4 Know and remember visual information
Nature, Books, Illustrations, Reproductions, Photographs, Mass Media
A1.3.5 Understand that an artist is sensitive to the visual world.
C1.3.1 Use the elements and principles of art and design to produce art.
Line, shape/form, color, texture, space, balance, emphasis, unity, and repetition
C1.3.2 Use various art media
Painting, Drawing, Print Making, Ceramics, Mixed Media
C1.3.3 Develop basic skills appropriate to media
C1.3.4 Demonstrate Craftsmanship
D1.3.2 Use basic art language and concepts that may include form follows function, less is more, originality, symmetry, and balance
E1.3.1 Produce artwork to create meaning and communicate ideas
Studio art forms, Design art forms, Arts and crafts, Sketches, models, and visual brainstorming
G1.3.1 Know the importance of visual literacy
Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge, Compare/Contrast, Create
H1.3.1 Understand that critical observation impacts artwork
Design, Quality, Production, Procedures
I1.3.1 Understand that art communicates feelings and/or emotions
Create, Reflect, Discuss
L1.3.1 Develop original ideas and produce artwork
Personal experiences, Nature, Other artists, Intuition, Media
M1.3.1 Demonstrate the characteristics of a global citizen
Uses time effectively, Listens attentively, Follows directions, Works independently, Shows respect, Cooperates with others
Key Content Language-3rd Grade
Painting Key Content Language:
color, neutral, warm, cool, primary, secondary, complimentary, brushes, blending
Drawing Key Content Language:
design, line, shape, space, texture
tertiary, contrast, organic, hue
Read Getting to Know Georgia O’Keefe.
Demonstrate to students how to draw a flower like Georgia O’Keefe by
concentrating on the inside of the flower and keeping the lines simple and
Have one large flower in the center of each table and the students will choose
the flower they would like to draw.
Demonstrate painting: Choose one primary or secondary color for the main
color of the flower. Blend an analogous color into each petal, starting with
one side, and getting truer to the original hue, closer to the other side.
Use the hue’s complementary color in a space where the background shows
through next to the flower.
*in between classes, the teacher mounts the painting onto a piece of railroad board
Hand students their pictures and have them describe their painting with one
word, i.e: calm, firey, peace.
Use that word to title the painting with a label.
Share with the class!