This week I had some fun with the 8th graders doing this O’Keeffe shell project. I was inspired about 5 years ago on a trip to Hawaii by and artist (who is also a lifeguard) that used sand and sometimes black lava on his pieces. They are beautiful and someday I might be able to afford to buy one 🙂
Let me know if you use this in your classroom 🙂
Sketching with charcoal, working with mixed media material.
- Large beach shells, sea stars and anemones
- Canvas boards 12 x 12
- Charcoal pencils and erasers
- Small brushes
- Oil pastels
- Water cups and paper towels
- Sand and glue
- Seal them with glossy spray paint
Start by discussing Georgia O’Keeffe and her larger than life pictures. Show them her shell pictures and discuss that the students drawings can go off the canvas. Have students pick the shell or item they want to sketch and then begin drawing. After they finish drawing have them use a matching oil pastel to trace the drawing (outline) and the water line (between sand and water). This will create a barrier for watercolor so it will not mix when wet. Then have them paint with watercolor and finish with sand and glue to make it seem like it is on the beach.