7th/8th Grade Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings

Georgia O’Keeffe Watercolor Paintings

7th/8th Grade Painting

Erica Mathieson



Title: Georgia O’Keeffe Painting


Students will be working with watercolor for this unit. They will also have the option to use oil pastels to resist the paint in certain areas. We will discuss the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, her life and her artistic style. We will discuss how she painted and why she chose objects from nature. We will also discuss viewpoint and how perceptions change when an object is depicted extremely close up. Students will watch a short film on Georgia O’Keeffe and study her paintings. They will then select an image to work from. They may draw the composition in pencil first, add oil pastel if they choose to, and finally add the watercolor paint.


The student will:

Learn about the life, style and artistic expression of Georgia O’Keeffe

Discover how watercolor paints react when different techniques are used

Analyze composition to create an abstract image

Create a watercolor painting in the artistic style of O’Keeffe



Day 1:

  • Introduce watercolor unit
  • Demonstrate watercolor practice packet


Day 2:

  • Practice using watercolor with oil pastel and using various techniques like wet on wet, wet on dry, etc.
  • Continue working in watercolor packet


Day 3:

  • Discuss Georgia O’Keeffe-who was she, what did she do, how did she change artistic expression
  • Watch Georgia O’Keefe film
  • Select image to work from


Day 4:

  • Begin sketching composition
  • Teacher check-ins


Day 5:

  • Begin adding color and watercolor paint to composition


Day 6-8:

  • Continue adding paint


Day 9:

  • Assess and display artwork




  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Water cans
  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolor paper


  • Computer
  • Projector
  • DVD Player


  • Georgia O’Keeffe film
  • Georgia O’Keeffe reference photos

Evaluation and closure:

The students will be given a day to assess and analyze their paintings. They will be given a grading rubric for the assignment so they can ensure they have completed all the required elements. Students will give and receive feedback and can make changes on the last day of the unit. I will be grading the paintings based on the successful completion of the objectives as well as craftsmanship and use of class time.


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