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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Poppies

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My First Grade students created these 
Wonderfully Awesome Poppies 
inspired by Miss Georgia herself.
The students first looked at the colors found in the poppies painting then started right away putting down large brushstrokes and vivid analogous colors of orange and reds. 
 Step One 
Make a dot in the center and pull the paint out to the edge of the paper.


 those brushstrokes!
Let Dry!
Step Two- Day Two
Students cut out the shape of the flower leaving a little 
border along the edge of the construction paper.
Next, students made the center of the poppy
 with painted paper. 
We used a lid from a container for the larger circle and drew a smaller circle inside. Then we cut out the larger circle and cut a fringe to the inner circle to create a ruffled texture. 
Lastly, students added tissue to the center of their poppy.
They were so excited making their poppy become 




My first graders loved making them! 
Displayed in the hallway with the petals curved out makes these poppies really pop off the wall.
12 x 12 construction paper

Tempera paints-

Orange, Yellow and Reds

large brushes
painted paper and tissue paper.

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    October 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Stunning…and to think that first graders did them! Love the project!

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    Jayne Gammons
    October 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    GORGEOUS! Love them. Jayne
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    Elisa Santambrogio
    October 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    wow! beautiful flowers;)

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    Elisabeth Wilder
    October 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I am doing this with my 1st grades and they love it! I am excited to see how they all turn out!

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    Paint with Karen
    September 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! This is a must try lesson!

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    April 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    shape of the flower leaving a little border along the edge of the construction paper, so beautiful.
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    Alison Lewis
    February 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I can't wait to do these for Veteran's Day next year!

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    May 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I cannot see the pictures any more… I was going to have my Firsties do this art project but I can’t see any images any longer!! HELp!!!

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      May 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      I fixed the link 🙂

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    October 26, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Those are lovely!

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    Nicole Adams
    February 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    It seems like the images are broken again!

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      February 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Hmmm, They are displaying fine on our end. Maybe try a different browser 🙂

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