1950, oil on canvas, 36 in. x 30 in. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA Milwaukee Art Museum, Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, [M1977.133] Photography by Matthew Marston © 2007 Georgia O’Keefe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY, USA
In this lesson, students will:
- Analyze O’Keeffe’s Poppies and the way she enlarged and simplified forms in nature;
- Identify the use of color, shape, line, texture, value, and form in the painting and in real flowers and shells;
- Discuss the way tints and shades create the illusion of form;
- Describe the way contrasting colors add emphasis and show radial symmetry;
- Sketch enlarged or exaggerated flowers or shells;
- Draw and color a flower or shell, blending oil pastels to create new colors and to change values to show form;
- Paint contrasting backgrounds in complementary colors using watercolors.
Lesson Teaching Notes
A document of summary pages on the lesson’s Key Concepts, Vocabulary, Discussion Questions, Artist Points, and Project Directions.
Map and Location
Common Core Standards
Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
- Identify where tints and shades of a hue appear to recede or come forward.
- Look for techniques used to create texture on the flowers and shells.
- Find examples of enlarged details.
- Find contour lines that create realistic form.
- Look for watercolor backgrounds in complementary colors that contrast with flower or shell color.
- Look for flowers or shells that use contrasting colors to emphasize an area.
- Find examples of radial symmetry.
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