Georgia O’Keeffe’s beautiful close up of flowers shows children how to use space in their artwork. Students in grade 4 began to blend pastel colours, observe lines when drawing and select colours based on observation and not just memory.
Students studied photos of flowers and chose one they like. They then created view finders (a piece of paper with a rectangle cut out of the centre) that allowed them to zoom in on a section of a flower.
Once they had drawn an outline of the flower on large A2 paper they began to colour using pastels. The process of choosing 3 or 4 shades/tints of a colour was difficult for children but once they looked closely at the photo they could easily find the pastels they needed.