Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

I love printmaking. And sponges are such an easy printmaking tool for anyone to master. Here's the 5 year old showing you how it's done:
Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

Lesson from Deep Space Sparkle right here.

MATERIALS:
12x18 white construction paper
Tempera paint in festive shades (we mixed most of them ourselves)
Paint trays
Sponges cut into leaf shapes
Q-tips
Paintbrushes
Glitter
  Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

First we had a powerpoint lesson on Georgia O'Keeffe, talked about the history of poinsettias and how to create them and then we went to work. We prepped the tables with paper as we knew this could be messy as we were emulating Georgia's BIG flowers, flowing off the pages. We also mixed most of the colors for some pretty combinations.

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

I think the rule was at least 3 poinsettias. They could move around the tables a bit for different colors. But when they went to work on painting the background in (after printing was done) they had to think about contrast and use one background color.

Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

 Oh yeah and they had to use yellow paint on Q-tips to print the centers of the poinsettias. Then the glittering chaos began.

 Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

This had a lot of prep and clean-up (as tempera painting projects always seem to have) but it was such an easy and beautiful project and EVERYBODY had success with it and was amazed at how wonderful their poinsettias turned out.

 Georgia O'Keeffe Printed Poinsettias

 MANY oohs and ahhs as people walked down the hallway.

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