Thursday, June 5, 2014

O'My, O'Keeffe!

And with one whole week still left of school, this is pretty much how I feel right now...

OVER IT.  Pretty sure my students and I are counting down the days in a BIG way.  The days lately have been perfect summer days and being cooped up inside is tough.  So we've been going out to our butterfly gardens and doing a lot of nature sketching with chalk.

Our last artists of the month this year were Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe.  We read Through Georgia's Eyes to kick off our study of Georgia in 1st grade and 4th grade.

The Fourth Graders studied the work of Lauren Fensterstock, an artist whose work I had previously seen at the Kohler Arts Center last summer.  I also attended a fantastic workshop studying her pieces while at the NAEA convention this year too!  Her work will blow your mind.  She sticks to mostly black paper and will throw in some mirrors amongst her intense quilled installations.

Seriously, research her if you get the chance.  Her pieces fill up and take over a room in such a remarkable way.  They have this crazy effect of "creeping" around a room's perimeter.

My Fourth Graders borrowed inspiration from Lauren Fensterstock to create their Georgia gardenscapes.  Each gardenscape had to address the following criteria:

- at least 5 quilled pieces
- the foreground, midground, and background
- elements from Georgia's paintings
- a clay skull

I had a bazillion scraps of white paper stored in my hoarding boxes,  so we looked specifically at O'Keeffe's Cow Skull with Calico Roses, as this piece features the black and white contrast we were trying to achieve.

Check out our Georgia gardenscapes below:

The student above created a mini bed for Georgia on the roof, just like hers since she would climb onto her roof to sleep at night.

I'm digging the pop-out sun in this one!

And my little First Grade friends, created their own versions of O'Keeffe's Sky Above the Clouds (housed locally at our very own Art Institute).  

This piece is HUGE in real life, measuring about 8 feet by 24 feet.

Now, our pieces weren't that big, but we used about 16" x 20" paper for our skies.

After folding our papers in half, we used cool colors on one half and warm colors on the other.  Clouds were added the next class.  I had students paint big and little clouds on a separate sheet of paper too.  The big clouds were used for bulletin board decor and the littles as pop-outs on our paintings.

Welp, that's all for now folks.  More artwork coming your way soon, don't worry!