O’Keeffe Flowers Thinking About Scale

LEarning targets

  1. Learn about the life and artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe.
  2. Use scale and detail to make larger-than-life images of flowers.

O’Keeffe’s paintings

Georgia O’Keeffe painted flowers and other things from nature because she was raised on a farm, where she spent most of her time outdoors.

Parts of a flower

Georgia O’Keeffe painted large-scale, close-up flowers. To do this, you need to see tiny details and make everything larger, not just the petals.

You know these parts of a flower. You don’t have to look closely to see them. But this shows the whole plant. Let’s zoom in to just the flower.

Notice there are parts inside the flower that we don’t always see. But if we draw the flower hug, we should include them, just like O’Keeffe did.

Step by step

Start with a Sharpie marker.

Draw a large circle or oval in the middle, about the size of your fist.

The stamen is a line with a seed at the end.

There should be a bunch of stamen all around the circle.

There is only one pistil. It looks odd because it is pointing straight towards us, so just draw it as a circle inside a circle.

Petals should be long and narrow. Make them go all the way out and touch the edges of the page.

Make the petals close, but not quite touching each other. Leave a small gap between.

Now you’re finished with the Sharpie.

Use watercolors to paint.

Always keep your brush wet.

Choose one color for all of your petals.

Paint neatly and carefully.

Take your time filling all the petals without going over the edges.

Wash your brush between colors.

Pick a different color for the center of the flower.

Paint the pistil, stamen, and center of the flower all the same color.

Wash your brush again, and then choose a third color for the background.

Paint between the petals. Be careful not to paint over what you have already made.

Paint the background all one color, all the way to the edges of the page. Don’t leave any white.

Created By
Noel Newquist


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