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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

  • Pencil
  • White construction paper, 9- by 12-inch
  • Watercolor crayons and/or watercolor paints
  • Black crayon
  • Black construction paper, 12- by 15-inch
  • Paintbrushes
  • 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

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After sketching, go over the final lines of the drawing in black crayon.
  5. Paint/color the poinsettias and the background.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Mount artwork on black construction paper with rubber cement (glue may cause the paper to wrinkle). 

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  • Subjects:
    Arts and Crafts, Visual Arts, Winter Themes
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