Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Artist Study: Georgia O'Keeffe

Now that we have spent a month getting into the rhythm of Miss M's new K4 curriculum (we school year-round), I thought it was time to add in some extras including art and music appreciation. Since all of our garden flowers are blooming, we started with Georgia O'Keeffe. Our artist study was done over the course of two weeks, with a break in-between for a visit from Grandma.

First, we studied her work using the three-part cards from Montessori Print Shop. I really love the Montessori method for art study and we will be using three-part cards with all the artists we study.

Next, we read several books about her life, including My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter and Through Georgia's Eyes by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez. I love when you can get a living storybook about the artist to read, I think Miss M learns more from them.

Finally, Miss M painted her own O'Keeffe-like painting. She studied the flowers she was going to paint:
We used real watercolor paper and tube watercolors. Mixing the right shade of pink took some time.

Finally she was ready to paint (with no direction from me).

The finished product:

When Miss M is several years older we will add in details about the artists life and impact in history. For now, it is enough that she knows the name of the artist and recognizes some of her key works.

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