Paint Flowers Like Georgia O'Keeffe

It's summertime, and the perfect time of year to learn a little bit about Georgia O'Keeffe. 

Georgia O'Keeffe was famous for many things, but most people remember her paintings of flowers. When presenting this project to my kids, I asked them to imagine that they were bumble bees, and they had landed inside a flower. If you were that tiny, and walking around inside of a great big flower, what would it look like to you? Paint the flower from that perspective!

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This is a perfect project to be done outside in the yard, just set up an easel, or a piece of watercolor paper (with a hard backing) on the grass. If you have a magnifying glass handy, it can be fun to really study the flowers up close while painting.

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

Some Georgia O'Keeffe Fun Facts

  • She loved painting from a very early age, and decided to be an artist when she was 10.
  • She had 6 brothers and sisters.
  • She grew up on a dairy farm.
  • She lived in New York and Chicago, but was most inspired by the New Mexico landscape.
  • She continued making art throughout her life, taking up pottery in her 90's when she could no longer see well enough to paint.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way... things I had no words for.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

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Happy painting!!


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