Georgia O'Keeffe Art Lesson Plan: Cow Skulls Painting Project for Middle School

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Looking to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with engaging art projects like this Georgia O'Keeffe Cow Skull project that excite students. Teach your students about modern art as well as how to handle watercolors. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.


Are you going to be absent and need a last minute art lesson for the substitute? In search of an activity for a remote learning or distance learning situation? Relieve the stress of being absent! This Georgia O'Keeffe art project is structured in a way that students can do the reading and practice drawing in one lesson, and the actual project when you return the following week.

Planning on a maternity leave and looking for engaging, ready-to-go art projects that even an uncertified art sub could handle? No worries! This lesson includes everything from the activity to self-assessment resources that will keep students learning while you're out on leave.

Fill up your art sub plan folder with thorough art lessons that will motivate your students and not overwhelm your substitute. Leave copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. Once your students know how to play the game, they're easy to leave with a sub!

Set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they'd like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.


If you're an art teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.

In art, there are four main ways to differentiate: by the outcome of the project, the task at hand, the supplemental resources given to students, and the amount of support offered to each student. Despite students selecting designs from the same Georgia O'Keeffe game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.

I've included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a "you pick" board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I've added digital spinner wheels!


  • 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF
  • 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
  • Dice Game
  • Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Biography Handout
  • How to Draw a Cow Skull Handout
  • Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
  • Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
  • Artist "Big Ideas" Reflection Sheets
  • 8, "I CAN" Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
  • Practice Drawing Page
  • Coloring Page
  • Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a on the bottom of page 2)
  • Digital Spinner Wheels in Google Slides (link on the bottom of page 3)


You will create a Georgia O’Keeffe cow skull painting by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.

  1. Using permanent marker, divide your paper into 10 equal parts to make stripes.
  2. Then roll the die to pick a design from the first column. Draw it in two of the areas on your paper.
  3. Roll the die four more times, picking one pattern from each column and drawing it two times.
  4. Use permanent marker to trace over all your lines.
  5. Then, use watercolor paints and small brushes to fill in your design. Consider mixing a little bit of brown or black with your colors to tone them down.
  6. Next, use the “Drawing Cow Skulls” handout to create a skull on a separate sheet of paper.
  7. Then outline everything with permanent marker and paint it with watercolors. To create the color of bone, mix a little bit of brown with black and then water it down a lot.
  8. Lastly, cut out your cow skull and glue it towards the top of your background.



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