O’Keeffe, flowers, and pastels are the perfect combination for a simple art project that gets kids exploring famous artists! Budget friendly supplies and do-able art projects make learning and exploring art fun and practical. Georgia O’Keeffe for kids is also a great way to explore mixed media art with kiddos of all ages.
Georgia O’Keeffe For Kids
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS
Georgia O’Keeffe was an American artist who lived from 1887 to 1986. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O’Keeffe painted nature in a way that showed how it made her feel. She is recognized as a pioneer of American modernism.
Though she painted mostly in oils, O’Keeffe experimented with multiple mediums throughout her career, including charcoal, watercolors and pastels. But pastels would be the only medium along with oils that she used regularly over the years.
Pastels give you the opportunity to blur or harden edges. O’Keeffe’s fingerprints were often visible in her pastel paintings showing that she would firmly press the pigment into the paper. Have a turn at blending colors when you create your own pastel flower painting below!
WHY STUDY FAMOUS ARTISTS?
Studying the artwork of the masters can not only influence your artistic style but even improve your skills and decisions when doing your own original work. You may find an artist or artists whose work you really like and you want to incorporate some of their elements into your own works.
It is beneficial to learn different styles, experiment with different mediums, techniques. To learn what speaks to you inspires you. Let’s give kiddos a chance to learn about what speaks to them!
Why is learning about art from the past important?
- Kids who are exposed to art have an appreciation for beauty
- Kids who study art history feel a connection to the past
- Art discussions develop critical thinking skills
- Kids who study art learn about diversity at a young age
- Art history can inspire curiosity
PASTEL PAINTING FLOWERS
- Flower template
- Black glue
- Oil pastels
- Cotton swabs
HOW TO PAINT FLOWERS WITH PASTELS
STEP 1. Print the flower template.
STEP 2. Outline the flower with black glue.
TIP: Create your own black glue by mixing together black acrylic paint and glue. Then add the black glue to a squeeze bottle or a zip lock bag. Cut off the corner of the bag to use.
STEP 3. Once the glue is dry, roughly color the petals of the flower with oil pastels. Use darker colors near the center and lighter colors as you move out.
STEP 4. Now use cotton swabs (or even your fingers) to blend the colors together.
Keep blending all the colors until your pastel flower art is completed!
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