I have always wanted to do an O'keefe unit because ultimately her life in the desert is my retirement plan. I love how she could just waltz into the desert and paint. I always tell my husband our next house will be a ranch with horse property so my horse, dog and I can go create art.
Let be known I was scared of watercolor... until now. My friend inspired this lesson, and to be honest I just added onto a great idea. I had the students experiment with watercolor, oil pastel and chalk and let them pick at least two for their final three pieces..
I think what made this project work was bringing in ACTUAL animal skulls and flowers! I called into the department of Game and Fish and they had boxes of skulls to check out with the furs and pictures of the animal. I set them up like a still life and the kids drew and drew and drew. I also called a local florist to see if they had any unloved, on their way out flowers to use, which helped tremendously.
I let my students then take pictures and place the skulls and flowers however they wanted that they felt encompassed O'Keefe's style. I am so impressed with the results!