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Georgia O’Keeffe Art Projects for Kids

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


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This is the sixth and final week of Mixing with the Masters, and we are creating some fabulous Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. We created the famous “Red Poppy” with gradient painting techniques in acrylic. Our second art project was a watercolor of a delicate tulip, using advanced blending techniques from the demonstration video. Third, we painted a cow skull with mixed media. The background of the cow skull also contained blending and using various tones of one color.

Red Poppy Gradient Painting


Alisha (the video instructor for the course) shows us how to paint this beautiful “Red Poppy” painting, using gradients, or blending the reds into the oranges. She helps us to see the endless variety of color in an enlarged flower. Georgia O’Keeffe painted many enormous flowers and was famous for causing people to enjoy details that were normally hard to see or notice.


You could use a canvas for this project, or you can save money by painting it on watercolor paper. You will want to trim the paper to the size of the flower, if you use the printable template that is provided in the course.

Pink Tulip Watercolor


Alisha taught us how to blend different colors in watercolor, which is hard to do unless you understand that you need to control both the pigment and the amount of water that you are using. Also, if you make mistakes, nothing is permanent, because even dry watercolor can have water added, and then the paper towel can blot it enough that you can mostly remove the color and paint on top of it.


When my daughter shouted that she dripped the wrong color accidentally on her paper, we were able to remove it easily because of Alisha’s instructions.

Cow Skull Mixed Media


Georgia O’Keeffe moved to a desert, so she no longer had flowers to paint. Instead, she saw bones buried in the sand, so she began painting those bones with all their details. One famous painting was of a cow skull, and this is the painting we made with mixed media. We painted gradients of blue in the background the first day. The second day we painted the red and black stripes. The third day we decoupaged the skull shape to the painting with mod podge. I cut the skull out from the worn yellow pages from a book, using the template Alisha provided in the course. We painted on top of the skull, and then we added the details of the skull.


I was astounded by how much detail my oldest son was able to add to the skull! (It’s the first painting in the cow skull picture above.) I’ve been floored by the amount of art skills my kids have acquired through this Mixing with the Masters art class, and I highly recommend it! We focused on six of the most famous painters from history, and we learned their techniques and became even more familiar with their most famous works. My kids have also learned the background of the different art movements throughout history as well as a little about each artist’s life, enough to inculcate a greater love for art!


Psalm 1 Watercolor

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Psalm 1 Watercolor

My kids illustrated Psalm 1 by drawing a picture around the Psalm and painting the beautiful illustration with watercolor. Make sure you use special watercolor paper, because the colors don’t roll off the page but sink into the higher-quality watercolor paper. (I’ve bought watercolor paper at art supply stores, but you can also buy it at Walmart.)

We’ve begun a study of the book of Psalms, which is a worship hymnal for God’s people. Lots of the Psalms were written by David, and there is usually a description of when the Psalm was written at the beginning of the Psalm, before the Psalm starts. This way you can figure out if David (or other writers) wrote the Psalm when he was fleeing from Saul, or after his sin with Bathsheba. You can understand the heart behind the Psalm if you do some research into it before you start.


You can discuss the meaning of the Psalm itself. Do we delight in the law of the Lord? Do we spend time listening to the counsel of the wicked? How do we meditate on God’s law day and night?


The most beautiful image in this psalm is the one of the tree planted by streams of water, which is what my kids chose to illustrate. The tree yields fruit in season, and whatever we do, we prosper when we delight in God’s law.


We memorized the Psalm when the kids were little, back when I used to play an audio with me reading God’s Word. When you hear the same Psalm each day, pretty soon you have it memorized, and you have access to it day and night, for the rest of your life!

Since the Psalms are meant to be sung, here is a musical rendition of Psalm 1:

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