Georgia O’Keeffe’s Sky Above Clouds….

OKeeffe Clouds
Now that we are in full production mode and the creativity and paint are dripping in the classroom,
I wanted to let you all know our thematic unit for the fall is 

Georgia O’Keeffe and the 
Great American Southwest. 

Yep, after spending 2 weeks out west this summer, researching and visiting her museum and the landscapes she frequented, I have to say we have some spectacular projects instore for you which are being created by some fabulous artists. My first graders are rockstars, everyday, and their projects show their excitement and creativity!
My first project, created by my fab first graders is inspired by Georgia’s painting 
Sky Above  Clouds III 




When Georgia would fly in an airplane back and forth from New Mexico to New York she would be amazed at the beauty of being above the clouds. 

We used various tints and shades of tempera paint in blues, pink, and purples to create our beautiful paintings.



Students folded construction paper in half and painted with pinks, purples and light blues to represent the atmosphere.


Step 2:
Students painted tints and shades of blue on the bottom portion of their papers.
Let Dry
Step 3: 
Students painted their impressions of clouds. 
We also created larger clouds to be displayed
 around their paintings. 
I just love the brushstrokes in their larger clouds!




Here is one of our finished displays in the hallway.


Tempera Paints
Large Brushes
Construction Paper
I am on Cloud Nine (pun intended) teaching these kiddos! 
We are having a blast. 
Hope your school year is off to a great start.





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  • Reply
    Cassie Stephens
    September 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

    BEAUTIFUL!! You and your students continue to inspire me and my students…thanks!!

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    September 19, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Ooh, wouldn't this be a fun perspective lesson? Using size relationships to show depth? Pinning!

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    Mrs. Polizotto
    September 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous!! What a wonderful way to use a variety of brushstrokes in a painting. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your Georgia O'Keefe Southwest adventure! I used many of you ideas when I did a school unit on Picasso and it was very successful. Thank you!

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    Patty Palmer
    September 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    So glad you are back. Love what you do and thrilled to see more art from the Southwest.

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    Mrs. C
    September 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Oh Georgia is one of my favorites! I went to see the retrospective of her life's work at the Met after she passed away. it was amazing! Your students did a beautiful job on these! Great project for tints and shades! Looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve for the Southwest! 🙂

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    Teach Kids Art
    September 20, 2013 at 3:54 am

    These are lovely!! I've never done a lesson inspired by this painting…. what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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