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Analysis of a Work of Art: Georgia O'Keefe Painting

Project Description
This is a good project for mixing the secondary colors and studying a great artist! At the beginning of each year I review primary and secondary colors with the third graders. The third graders learned a little about Georgia O'Keefe from Art Man Magazine. A lot of Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings were posted on the bulletin board. I also had Kroger donate all of their old flowers that they would be throwing away and placed them on the tables in coffee cans for inspiration. Georgia O'Keefe painted her flowers huge - filling the paper. Part of the assignment was the study of secondary colors. Each student had a paint tin with each of the primary colors and white and black. The student was asked to paint a flower like Georgia O'Keefe while including their own mix of orange, green and purple as part of the flower. The students were required to put in details after the large shapes were done. The students finished the paintings in one art period. During the next art period the rubric was filled out. This was used as an assessment tool to review the assignment, look closely at their painting and practice reading art vocabulary. I thought the project was a huge success.

Rubric Information
Rubric TitleGeorgia O'Keefe Painting
Rubric ID350382
Teacher NameHeidi Welch
SchoolThe Ensworth School 
SubjectFine Arts
Grade3

Project Includes
LinksStudents┬┤ Paintings 
StandardsNA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas 
Teacher TipsI feel this project was very successful. The paintings were gorgeous and displayed for first-of-the-year parent meetings. The students get first hand experience mixing secondary colors themselves - directly from the primary colors. The rubric was a wonderful follow through for review, assessment and reading art vocabulary. As you know it is very difficult to assess artwork and I have been experimenting with rubrics to try to combine writing, reading and art thoroughly.

The rubric gave a base for the students to understand that it is important to look at what they have accomplished and learn from this. 



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