4th Grade Artwork
Fourth grade students will be learning about a variety of concepts this year including: Parallel, Realistic, Abstract, Positive, Negative Style and Culture. To demonstrate these terms students will be using paint, chalk pastel, printing, and clay to create outstanding artworks . Fourth grade artists will also be learning about specfic artists and creating art in that particular style.
4th Grade O’Keeffe Abstract Flowers
For this project 4th grade artists focused on the style of American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe was an abstract artist who is best known for her simplifies and enlarged flower paintings. To capture the feel of O’Keeffe fourth grade students were each responsible for creating ¼ of a flower photograph (chosen by picking out of a hat). How they created that piece of the flower was up to them. Students had several days to experiment using chalk pastel, oil pastel, and tempera paint to see which medium would work the best with their flower. Once they choice their medium students created an abstract version of their flower by simplifying the lines, shapes, colors, and values found on each flower photo. At the end of the project all fourth grade students took their section of the flower to the gym to find their missing pieces and group members. Together as a group, students matched up their individual pieces until each flower was formed. These large exaggerate abstract flowers are a perfect example of Georgia O’Keeffe’s style and how artists can work together to create beautiful works of art.
Rubric (How it was graded)
1. Did you enlarge your flower correctly by the scaling technique?
2. Did you include all details in your drawing: texture lines, shadows, highlights?
3. Did you mix colors (tertiary, tints, and shades) correctly?
4. Did you show color/value transitions correctly by using the right technique?
At Home Discussion
Look at the artwork below. Did the artist simplify, exaggerate, or both to create their artwork? How do you know?