Immense Insects

Guess I should qualify “immense” to mean the insect, not the size of the paper.

Fourth Graders studied the work of Georgia O’Keefe and learned vocabulary words such as magnification, organic forms, and composition. We knew that Georgia painted close up flowers but we choose insects for our subject matter. Of course the boys loved this turn of events, but the girls surprisingly loved their bugs too!

Students were required to draw their bug touching the sides of the paper and/or going off the edges of the paper completely. Many students soon understood that the more they zoomed in on their insect the more abstract yet interesting their painting became. Paintings were first drawn in pencil, retraced in black Sharpie and finally painted with semi moist watercolor paint.

What sort of lesson have you taught using Georgia O’Keefe as a starting off point? Have you made insect themed art?


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