Red Poppy Lesson Plan
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
- The Red Poppy by Irmgard Lucht
- white drawing paper, one sheet per student (about 17"X 11")
- butcher paper
- pencils, one per student
- print-outs of some of Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings.
Set Up and Prepare
Local florists will often donate flowers that are past their prime. Tell them about your project, and ask if they'd be willing to make a donation.
While you can use crayons or colored pencils for this project, I find the Cray-Pas are easier for students to blend colors. They make for a richer drawing.
Talk about some of the details Irmgard Lucht has incorpoarted into her artwork. Take a few minutes to look at Georgia O'Keefe's work. Tell students that they will be creating drawings in a similar manner to that of Lucht and O'Keefe.
Using tape loops, tape the drawing paper onto pieces of the butcher paper. Explain to students that they will be creating large and detailed drawings.
Pass out the flowers, allowing students a few minutes to study their flower and talk about their observations. Next they should use the pencils to sketch the outline of their flowers. The outline should run onto the butcher paper. When students are done sketching, they can use the Cray-Pas to color their sketch. They needn't bother coloring the portion of the sketch that runs onto the butcher paper. (The butcher paper is to help create a finished drawing in the style of O'Keefe, where the drawing goes off the edge of the canvas.)
When students have finished coloring, lift the taped drawing from the butcher paper. Find a spot to display the drawings.
Try the same project using other objects, such as stones, fruits and vegetables, or assorted found objects.