Painting Poinsettias: A Holiday Art Project
After exploring the art and style of Georgia O'Keefe, your students will create their own poinsettia masterpieces!
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Students will get creative as they imitate Georgia O'Keefe's floral paintings in this craft for the holiday season.
What You Need
- White construction paper, 9- by 12-inch
- Watercolor crayons and/or watercolor paints
- Black crayon
- Black construction paper, 12- by 15-inch
- Water-filled container
- Pictures and/or prints of Georgia O'Keefe's flower artwork
- Sample of poinsettias (pictures or a potted plant)
- Magnifying glass
- Rubber cement
What You Do
- Show the students Georgia O'Keefe's artwork. Discuss her paintings with the class. Focus on her ability to paint flowers close up. How does it compare to looking through a magnifying glass?
- Show the students the real poinsettias, or the photos of these plants. Discuss the details of the poinsettias. Have students look at the plants through a magnifying glass.
- On white construction paper, sketch poinsettias with a pencil. (But do not color in the drawings.) Fill the page with no more than four poinsettias. Encourage the students to focus on the detail in the leaves.
- After sketching, go over the final lines of the drawing in black crayon.
- Paint/color the poinsettias and the background.
- Let dry.
- Mount artwork on black construction paper with rubber cement (glue may cause the paper to wrinkle).