Friday, January 28, 2022
I thought it might be fun to explore the same subject in different styles and media while studying a different artist. So we transitioned from Georgia O'Keefe abstracted and large scale flower images to Maria Sybilla Merian botanical water color paintings. O'Keefe was an American who lived 100 years ago, while Merian was a German who lived in the 1600s. She was an artist and naturalist who who understood the power of sitting still, observing, and documenting as accurately as possible the life cycle of a caterpillar and the blossom of a flower.
For this assignment, we made a trip to the greenhouse to pick out a plant, learn, it's name and characteristics. They felt the leaves, measured and worked to imitate the plant as well as possible. It was fun to see my students realize how much their style can change when they change their approach and medium.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
It's cold outside but we were dreaming of spring while drawing flowers. My students learned how to enlarge images using the grid system, and create large oil pastels. We didn't use O'Keeffe's medium, but we did use one of her favorite motif.
Some of my students claimed it their favorite project yet. "Doing this makes me so happy," one high schooler declared. It makes me happy too.