Close-up flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe

I’ve been wanting to do a Georgia O’Keefe art project with my students for quite a while. I found the perfect inspiration on Pinterest. The following link provided a great starting point; I decided to tweak the directions slightly by using oil pastel and water color. (I love the oil pastel resist technique!)

The main emphasis was to have the k/1 students draw their flowers ‘big’. This is easier said then done with this age group. The students were all given a large, white, square piece of paper. They were told to fold the paper in half, open the paper up and then fold it in half going in the other diection. They discovered that the middle point was where the lines met. They were instructed to draw a small circle in the middle which would be the center of their flower. The students then practiced drawing dfferent shaped petals; long and skinny, spatula shaped and tear dropped shaped. Once they had decided on a petal shape they liked they then had to draw four petals, one each along the creases in the paper. They were encouraged to make these petals stretch to the edges of the paper. If they chose, they could fill in the spaces with more petals. The next step was to trace the pencil lines with a black, oil pastel crayon. Now the flowers were ready for color. Before the students painted with water color we reviewed the color wheel. I told the students that whatever color they chose for their flower, they would have to paint the background in a complementary color, in other words the color that appears on the opposite side of the color wheel.

I loved how these turned out and I think k/1 did too. I saw several of them practicing the same technique during free-draw time 🙂

Hunter H.

Sydney T.

Gena H.

Everett U.

Jake B.

Danny H.

Sophia V.

Bryant S.

Layne L.

Lilli N.

Emmanuel O.

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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One Response to Close-up flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe

  1. yes, it really flowers me !

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