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Colour and Nature: An Artist's Perspective

 This week we looked at the work of Georgia O'Keefe. We learned that O'Keefe was inspired by nature and expressed herself through paintings of landscapes and flowers. We watched a short video of Georgia O'Keefe on Brain Pop Jr.

The video explained that O'Keefe loved to paint things from a different perspective. Many of her paintings of flowers are close up often resulting in the painting looking abstract. We looked at some of O'Keefe's paintings of flowers to understand her perspective and what she saw.

 The children then used magnifying glasses to examine real flowers at close range to see if they could discover new things that they couldn't see before.  Some of the children noted that some flowers had more than one colour and they could see where the colour changed when using the magnifying glass.

On Wednesday, the children used chalk and pastels to create their own nature images.  On Thursday, the children used clay to create flowers, leaves and trees.  They will paint the clay pieces next week.


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