Springwoods Virtual Art Room

Have a Great Summer Artists!

Wow!  I hope everyone is safe and sound and soaking up the good sunlight we have been getting.  Maybe it's just that it is Spring, but I have yet another artist whose work is inspired by nature:  Georgia O'Keeffe, a famous American painter.  O'Keeffe is best known for painting flowers larger than life, though she had a long career that involved work in New York City and New Mexico  where she always painted her environment.

 This week for art office hours (Wednesday 11:00 Zoom Calls) we will be drawing dancing figures.  If you would like to join us, expect that the session lasts 30 minutes to an hour.  You bring something to draw and color with and you can also bring one artwork of your own to share with the group.  Email me if you would like the Zoom information for those calls! (WilliaRE2@PWCS.edu)

About 3rd, 4th and 5th grade clay projects:


I have been distributing artwork to the curbside pick-up bags as best as possible based upon the labels on the artwork.  If you are missing something, I will keep things that I cannot identify through the beginning of next year in hopes you email me to ask for it (williaRE2@pwcs.edu)  Even the fifth graders!
If you glazed a clay project, it has been fired.   If you did not get to glaze your clay project, I am sorry but you will not be able to do that this year.  You should still get your clay back as bisqueware.  Bisqueware is clay that has been fired once.  You can mold it any more because  it has solidified,  but now you can color it with watercolor, crayons, food dye,  markers even pen or pencil... you can not eat out of it, and however you color it might rub off depending on what you used and how you are handling it.

Mrs. Bagshaw's class:  About 6 projects exploded in the kiln.   I also have a few unidentifiable pots from your class...so check your curbside package, then check in with me if you do not have your coil pot, but a few of you won't have happy endings.  I am very sorry about that.  ...How did it happen?  Its hard to tell, it could have been I rushed putting things in the kiln and something went in before it was completely dry, or something had walls that were too thick , or their were air bubbles somehow.

Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Benjamin's classes:  If you worked in  clay on our last day of school in April (there were not that many of you who did), your projects will be fired Monday .  That means they should get to  your curbside pickup bags by Tuesday after noon (Tuesday morning the kiln will still be cooling off, so I have to wait to open it).   If you come earlier than when I can get those pots into your bag, you can either come back or wait until next year.

Dr. Tucker's class:  Some of you had pots with wax on the bottom but that were not glazed yet.  I had planned on you getting to glaze those pots but that just didnt work out.  I still want you to at least have them glazed...so:  I am going to glaze those for you Monday and then have them fired on Tuesday.  You won't get to choose the color, but they will be glazed. Those will available by noon on Wednesday.  

Week of June 8

Nature Close-Ups

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.

-Georgia O'Keeffe

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Georgia O'Keeffe grew up on a farm in the mid west and she always knew she wanted to be an artist.  She went to school and studied the art of the masters, but when she got to do what she wanted, she kept returning to nature and looking at it so closely and with such brilliant colors as she painted that she felt she wasn't painting it so much as it looked, but as she it made her feel.  In her life she moved to New York City and then to the dessert of New Mexico and each place she painted her surroundings in the same style.  Here is a video to learn more about her life as an artist:

If you are interested in learning a little more about Georgia O'Keeffe, head over to this week's   Artist Spotlight Page .   There you will find all of the information above (for me to save it for later) but also a longer video about O'Keeffe's rugged life in Taos, New Mexico.

Your Turn!

Your assignment is to create your own abstract nature picture, zooming in on some small detail of nature, drawing and coloring what that flower, or leaf makes you feel.  Your artwork will be an abstract design but this time we will be looking at a very small piece of nature.  

Upper grades:  Taking your own photographs and drawing what you see from looking at those photos will always make your art more...well, your own! But if you do not have a camera you are able or allowed to take outside, you can use this sight to find pictures of flowers:  All My Favorite Flower Names Website if you want to draw from a reference photo that someone else captured..  Once you have an image, continue with the instructions below.  

Lower grades:  We will just draw a flower really big on our page without looking at a photo...There will be some steps in the video for you.

  • upper grades: an image of a flower to reference (either a photo your took or an image from the All My Favorite Flower Names website)
  • space to work in where you could get messy...maybe put newspaper on the table? 
  • a few sheets of paper
  • a pencil, eraser and maybe a pen for drawing
  • watercolor, crayons or other media to color (optional)
*Important: Make sure you have adult supervision no matter what tools and supplies you use, and remember to clean your entire workspace up after you are done!


This week I have the same instructions for all ages.  They are exactly 4 minutes.  In a nutshell:

  • Focus on something very small.  You are going to draw this very big on your page.  
  • Upper grades: Try to draw from looking at a reference photo.  This can be frustrating.  Don't worry if your flower doesn't look like the one you are looking at.
  • Lower grades:  See the video for one way to draw a really big flower.  You can also draw it any way you choose...just make sure it really big!
  • Color with crayons or optionally with any other media.  Have fun mixing colors.
  • Sign your name at the bottom.
Click Here for Video Instructions  

Digital challenges for the brave:
  • You can do all of the artwork within Sketchbook: Import a picture take a picture from Sketchbook.
  • Use Transform to zoom in on an interesting section.
  • Add a new layer and trace important lines making sure you close off shapes (we are going to use the fill tool next)
  • Use the Gradient or Solid Fill options to add color.
  • Delete the initial image.  

Reflection and Sharing

Submitting your artwork to share is optional, but I would love to see what you come up with!    

Don't forget to check out my page for  Artsy Links and Apps for Exploration   and send me recommendations you might have.  You can use the form below, or if you have any trouble with that, you can just email me directly:  williaRE2@pwcs.edu