By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Children will get both an art and a botany lesson with this week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
Ages: ages 5 & up (preschoolers with assistance).
Materials: 6” x 9” piece of white construction paper, pencils, watercolor paints, brushes, water containers, newspapers, live flowers in pots, magnifying glasses, pictures of Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings and of the parts of a flower.
Discuss Georgia O’Keefe using the information provided while looking at examples of her flower paintings.
Discuss the parts of a flower using the accompanying information. Use the magnifying glasses to find the parts on the real flowers.
Choose a sheet of paper and using a pencil, draw a close-up view of the flower being observed.
Using watercolor paints, paint the flower.
This is a wonderful project that integrates art appreciation, literature, and science. Introduce your children to Georgia O’Keefe by reading My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter. Georgia lived a long life. She was born in 1887 in Wisconsin. She eventually moved to New York City, and later settled in New Mexico, which she called the “faraway.” She died there in 1986. A very independent woman, Georgia became known for her over-sized flower paintings. Studying flowers close up, she painted the entire flower or just a portion of it.
This is an excellent opportunity for your children to study the parts of a flower. Give them magnifying glasses to find the various parts of a real flower using the accompanying chart. In addition, review the following information. Pollination occurs when a plant reproduces to create more plants. An insect is attracted to a flower by the petal’s color and scent. As it feeds on the plant’s nectar, it will pick up pollen from the flower’s stamens, and carry it to another plant. The pollen is deposited on the plant’s pistil which fertilizes the ovary, creating a seed. The seed falls to the earth and grows into a new plant. And the cycle is repeated.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.