Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt

Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
Zooming Into Nature: Exploring Abstract Art with O’Keeffe and Kandt
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This lesson explores the use of Pan Pastels. A dust free alternative to chalk pastels.

Throughout time artists have used nature to inspire and create works of art. Around the world for centuries people have felt the need to capture a moment in time that may last for a brief second. The natural beauty around us such as animals, flowers, trees, and landscapes have inspired and influenced the work of many artists. Students will explore the life and work of two artists O’Keeffe and Kandt from both past and present who have captured the abstract qualities in the natural world around us.

Kandt, a contemporary artist created a series of tree images titled Landshapes which explores the abstract qualities of color and composition through the use of oil paints, digital alteration, and photography. His style is described as abstract realism. He captures the realistic qualities of the trees and creates an abstract art piece by altering the composition of zooming in on parts of the subject matter.

As an American female artist in the New York Community in 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe distinguished herself as a modern artist using abstract imagery of her magnified close ups of floral images. She is known for her one of a kind abstract works of art that have impacted the art world and changed the way individuals looked at art and at female artists.

In this lesson elementary students will explore the life and work of O’Keeffe and Kandt. Students will create their own abstract realism flower image focusing on composition, shape, and color. Students will discuss and critique their works of art in the Amazing Art Adjective Activity.
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