Art Lesson Plan: Photoshop Flowers - Color Manipulation

Photoshop Flowers

Submitted by: Marjory Hahn, New York City High School
UNIT: Photoshop - Color manipulation & filters -
Georgia O'Keeffe
Lesson: Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired Flowers
Grade Level: High School (adaptable to middle school)


Objectives: Students will

  • Gain appreciation for art of Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Create an abstracted flower - focus down and crop image

  • Explore color manipulation and filtering using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) You can buy Photoshop in the Adobe Education Store


Computers - Internet access
Collection of digital photographs of flowers
Photo editing software (You can buy Photoshop in the Adobe Education Store)
Printer and quality print paper



Books about the art and life of Georgia O'Keeffe (See below)


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Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe. - The program provides an in-depth look into her life, and includes numerous examples of her works while examining her style which made her unique in the world of art. This original program also features spectacular imagery and many rare historical photographs.



Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections. - Published to mark the tenth anniversary of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, it showcases 335 works

Georgia O'Keeffe World of Art. - This book gives the reader a great outline of O'Keeffe's life. The author matches the artist's personal development with her work so that one can travel in O'Keeffe's footsteps and appreciate both her outlook and inner eye.

Photoshop CS6 All-in-One For Dummies. - This latest version of Photoshop has a few new tricks up its sleeve and Adobe Photoshop CS5 For Dummies will teach you how to use them. From the basics like getting your images into and out of Photoshop to enhancing, cropping, and color correction, it’s all here!



Black Iris by Georgia O'Keeffe
White Flower on Red Earth No 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe



You and your students can take a number of digital photographs of close-ups of flowers for this lesson. Optional: Prepare a PowerPoint of selected Georgia O'Keeffe's flowers showing a photograph of the actual flower after each slide for comparison.



Did you ever look at something up close for the first time and notice details that you missed further away? Look closely at flowers - examine details.



  1. Students will find web sites from Google or any web search engine - search the artist (Georgia O'Keeffe)  by name and find her philosophy behind the flower paintings. Students answer questions on teacher made handout.

  2. Students will give the sites as they search to the class - create an annotated "webliography" Encourage students to use authoritative sites (not student sites)

  3. Look at O'Keeffe's  flowers in photographic reproductions - compare to photographs of actual flowers - note how flower is abstracted.

  4. Examine real flowers.

  5. Select an image of a flower from the Internet (be sure to choose flowers in public domain) OR select from a collection of student and teacher photographs. Image should be jpeg at least 600 pixels in size. GIF images will not work.

  6. Open image - change to grayscale and crop pictures. Pictures can be cropped both before and after re-coloring and altering.

  7. Change back to CYMK or RGB (color)

  8. Re-color and filter to get the essence of the flower.

  9. Critique finished work.

Assessment: (Rubric adapted from Marianne Galyk)

Assessment could include a grade for photograph if you have students take their own photographs of flowers.


Assessment Rubric

Student Name:

Class Period:

Assignment: Georgia O'Keeffe Flower - Color Manipulation

Date Completed:

Circle the number in pencil that best shows how well you feel that you completed that criterion for the assignment.




Needs Improvement

Rate Yourself

Teacher’s Rating

Criteria 1 – Webliography - student research on Georgia O'Keeffe - handout


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 2 – Abstraction of flower photograph - use of color - color tools


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 3 – Abstraction of flower - use of filters and cropping


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 4 – Effort: took time to develop idea & complete project? (Didn’t rush.) Good use of class time?


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 5 – Craftsmanship – Neat, clean & complete? Skillful use of the art tools & media?


9 – 8


6 or less



Total: 50
(possible points)







Your Total

Teacher Total


Student Comments:


Teacher Comments:


National Standards: Standards covered depends on how much discussion and research your students do.


1. Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

2. Using knowledge of structures and functions

3. Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

4. Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

5. Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art

Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture

Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art

Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use

Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions

Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

Students describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places

Students describe meanings of artworks by analyzing how specific works are created and how they relate to historical and cultural contexts


National Visual Arts Standards Courtesy of Kennedy ArtsEdge



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