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Art/DT WC 13.7.20 


Georgia O’Keeffe 


This week sees us put the final touches to our Georgia O’Keeffe masterpieces. Last week we asked you to produce a large final drawing of a flower and this week we get to add the colour! 

Remember, Georgia O’Keeffe was known for her use of colours so the bolder the better! The videos for colour choices are still available below if you would like to review these. You can use any medium you choose, paint, coloured pencil, crayons, or just whatever you have at home. Don’t forget to share your finished masterpieces with us on the blog! 

Art/DT WC 6.7.20 


Following on from last week where you were experimenting with enlarging sections of a flower, we are going to be drawing our final designs this week. Use your sketches from last week to choose your final design, or you could choose a different one if you’d prefer. 


You can continue to use the flower pictures from last week (keep scrolling down to find last week's lesson below) and the frame to help you but we are looking for a large piece of work this week so you may need to enlarge these. The focus this week is on the drawing of your flower so take your time, we will be adding colour next week. 


Remember all of your sketching top tips! This week is about your final piece, adding all of the skills from the half term together, so take your time and lets see what masterpieces we can produce at the end! 

Art/DT WC 29.6.20 


This week we are going to be experimenting with drawing enlarged flowers. This was how Georgia O’Keeffe drew hers and so we are going to have a go ourselves! 


Using the flower pictures from last week we want you to choose a section of the flower that you would like to draw. First create yourself a frame like mine: 

All you need is a piece of paper, fold it in half and then cut out a square/rectangle from the middle. Make sure it’s a similar size to mine, you don’t want it to be too big. 


After that you need to choose your flower, I chose the Lily. 



Then place your frame over a given section of the flower and this will be the section that you are going to have a go at drawing.  

Remember all of your sketching top tips from last week! This week is about experimenting with this type of drawing so try out different sections and different flowers to see which you like best! 

Art WC 22.6.20 


This week we are continuing our work on Georgia O’Keeffe but we are re-focusing on flowers and specifically observation drawings of flowers. 


Rather than following drawing videos as we have done previously, this week you are going to be having a go at drawing a flower from your own observations. 


This video talks you through how to complete an observational drawing of a flower: 


This week we would like you to have a go at your own observational drawing of a flower. You might want to try it by playing the following barrier game: 


Create a barrier between you and your partner (in the style of ‘Battleships’). 

Partner A:  
Describe a plant from the photographs. 

Partner B:  
Draw the plant that is being described.  

When you have finished, look at the drawing together and see how well it matches the photograph.


Or you may want to take your time and really focus on your flower as the lady does in the video. You can still use the photographs for this but we would recommend going into your garden and choosing a real flower to draw – if you want to pick the flower, make sure you check with your grown-ups first as we shouldn't just go round picking flowers as they need to stay in the ground to live! 


When you are drawing remember these key tips to get a good pencil drawing! 

  • Make sure your pencil is sharp 

  • Press lightly so that you can easily make changes to your lines 

  • Use the side of the pencil to shade 




Art WC 15.06.20 


This week we are going to be looking again at our artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, and more specifically at colour. 


Georgia O'Keeffe's techniques for painting were contradictory, which is what made them so brilliant. She used an abstract style when she painted still-life.  She wouldn't pay much attention to the details of the object she was painting. She wouldn't outline flowers or paint every rocky detail of the New Mexico landscape. She figured that because people can already see those details just by looking at the object, she felt no need to paint what was already seen. Instead, she used bold colours and painted around white spaces of the canvas to create a cloud or a white flower. In fact, sometimes she even painted her landscapes with unrealistic colours. She did this because she was so determined to show people a different view of the object, and still show how beautiful it was. The way she painted often showed people that there is more than one way for something or someone to be beautiful. 


Therefore, this week we would like you to experiment with colour. Georgia O’Keeffe would often use bright blues, yellows, greens, reds, and purples like in these examples.  

We want you to explore different colours options this week by creating a colour wheel. Use the video below to learn about how to create a colour wheel and mix different colours. Don’t worry if you haven’t got paints at home, you can have a go with crayons or pencils instead. 

MIXING PAINT | Color Theory, Color Wheel & Exercises

Here it is! Part 1 of the colour theory videos. This one includes how to mix colours, complimentary colours and includes some exercises to help practice. Tha...

Art - WC 8.6.20 


Scientific drawing 


This week in science, we are asking you to draw and label the parts of a bee so in art this week we thought we would get you to do the same for a plant. 


This will require you to continue your still life work around drawing a flower but then we would also like you to label them. 


We have included some videos for different types of flower you could draw here: 


Learn how to draw a daisy! This lesson is for young artists, but can easily be modified for older artists. EMAIL A PHOTO OF YOUR ART:


Learn how to draw a sunflower! This lesson is super simple, perfect for young artists and still fun for any age 🌻 🎨 ART SUPPLIES we love https://www.artforki...


Learn how to draw a peony flower! #howtodraw #peonies #howtodrawaflower 🎨 ART SUPPLIES we love (Amazon affiliate links): Sharpie Markers ...

And you can find some information on the parts of a plant here: 

Parts Of A Plant | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Videos For Kids

Learn about the Parts Of A Plant with Dr. Binocs. Did you know that plants are very similar to human beings? Join Dr. Binocs as he Zooms In on different part...

Art - Week Commencing 1.6.20


As we are focused on bees this term, we will be looking at the artist Georgia O'Keefe, who famously painted lots of beautiful flowers. 

You can find out more about Georgia O'Keefe here:


We'd like you to have a go at drawing a flower this week. You can use a flower in a garden or in a park and copy it or you can have a go at drawing a flower using this video:


Art Lessons For Kids: Georgia Okeeffe Flowers