Skulls, Two Ways


Fifth graders continued their study of Georgia O’keeffe with an eye towards the artist’s skull paintings. Students learned to compose an interesting photograph and then used their photographs as source images, as they created drawings with pencil. Special attention was given to shading and holding the pencil in unique ways.

For the second phase of the project, students created a ten part grayscale, using acrylic paint. This exercise prepared them to paint directly on top of their black and white photographs, matching the values from their grayscale to those observed in their photographs. They then chose a bright color for the table and the background. Lastly, students added New Mexican inspired designs to the table, calling back to O’keefe’s great love of the desert.

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