Free Lesson Plan: Still Life with 3-D Paper Flowers

Title/Description: Paper Flowers

Level: Elementary School

Duration: Two 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview: Georgia O’Keefe

Goals and Objectives: To introduce imagery of the southwest and manipulate mixed media

Vocabulary: Etching, printmaking

Materials: Tissue paper, starch, water, wire, scissors, black felt-tip marker, paper


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show examples of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings and bones collected from the southwest. Have students identify from what animal the bone belonged.
  2. Demonstrate drawing from still life.
  3. Have students sketch images.
  4. Review vocabulary.
  5. Have students use starch to adhere tissue paper to still life paper in key areas to enhance composition.

Day 2

  1. Have students add details, especially textures of still life with felt-tip marker.
  2. Have students make tissue paper flowers.
  3. Folding three sheets of tissue paper like an accordion, twisting wire around the center, trimming edges to look like petals, and carefully separating sheets.

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