Our 4th graders always do a Wisconsin unit in their content areas in the classroom and learn about famous people from Wisconsin. Georgia O'Keeffe is one of our prize residents. Students watched a short video about the life and works of O'Keeffe. We discussed abstract art versus realism art. We also discussed how O'Keeffe used cropping in her artwork to abstract it. Students did a quick pencil drawing of a flower. The petals had to touch the edges of the paper. Students then used tissue and liquid starch to fill in the flowers. I gave them several suggestions on how to apply the tissue, and it was great to see them come up with their own ideas as well!
BEST NEW ART TRICK I LEARNED THIS YEAR IS USING LIQUID STARCH AS A GLUE RATHER THAN PAPER MACHE GLUE! IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO CLEAN UP, SO MUCH BETTER FOR BRUSHES, AND IS VERY CHEAP TO BUY!