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A Differentiated Art Lesson Plan for Valentines Day


A Differentiated Art Lesson Plan for Valentines Day

Valentines and Georgia O'Keefe

Stephanie Geider

This lesson, designed by a colleague and friend Stephanie Geider, uses torn paper, a mini-lesson on the artist Georgia O'Keefe and tools to differentiate instruction for a range of abilities.

Grade Level: Elementary (Can also be adapted for older cognitively disabled students.)

Time: 3, 45 minute class periods

National Art Education Standards: K-4: content standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Summary: After learning about the artwork and life of artist Georgia O’Keefe, students will create.

The Big Idea: Throughout history, artists have used a variety of media in order to represent items from nature.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 3 45 Minute Periods

Here's How:

  1. Implementation

    1. Introduce students to the work of Georgia O’Keefe by showing a variety of O’Keefe’s paintings and reading the book My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter.
    2. Talk about the medium of collage and show a sample of the project to be completed based on the artwork of Georgia O’Keefe.
    3. Demonstrate the lesson to the students. Explain the phrase “field of color” and show the students how to find fields of color in magazines.
  2. Demonstration/Process

    1. Hand out 8x10 copy paper with hearts and leaves (2 heart pages, 1 leaf page)
    2. Choose a color for the first three hearts.
    3. Find that color page in magazines ("field of color") and tear it out.
    4. Tear the magazine page into pieces about 1 inch x 1 inch.
    5. Glue the pieces into the three hearts.
    6. Choose a color for the second three hearts.
    7. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5.
    8. Choose a color for the two leaves.
    9. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5.
    10. Allow all hearts and leaves to dry
    11. Cut out all pieces.
    12. Assemble the pieces on a piece of black, white, or gray construction paper 12 x 18 paper to form a flower.
  3. Procede and Process

    • Have students work independently on their project.
    • Upon all students completing the project, display the projects for the entire class to see and talk about them. (what makes them the same/different, what they like/don’t like, etc.)


  1. Differentiate Instruction by pre-cutting your leaf forms and have the children glue directly onto the shapes. Use a cotton swab for spreading glue.
  2. Differentiate by pulling the color pages out of magazines before hand. This can especially true for children with autism, who may have trouble understanding the concept of the magazine as anything other than a repository of stuff they want.
  3. Differentiate for more advanced students by having them make their own valentine shapes.

What You Need

  • 8x10 copy paper with pre-drawn hearts and leaves, 2 per page- enough for each st
  • Many magazines
  • Glue--white glue such as Elmer's Glue
  • 12 x 18 white, black, or gray paper
  • Scissors
  • The book My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter
  • Many images of the work of Georgia O’Keefe - books for students to peruse.
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