American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop and Lawn, Karen Kitchel, 1997, oil paint

American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop, and Lawn

Karen Kitchel, United States

1997

12 in. X 12 in. (dimensions for 1 square)

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Contemporary Realism Group, 1998.60

A Walk in Nature

Karen Kitchel's creative process required close looking and attention to detail. Recreate this experience with your students to give them tools for close looking

Karen Kitchel used a close up lens to capture over 112 images of nature (the DAM has 20). She then meticulously painted each of those images.

“I can walk through a field or along a path with my camera and just compose and select as I go. It helps me frame and select things and see things that you will absolutely walk past five feet above the ground.”- Karen Kitchel

Full image of American Grasslands: Prairie, Pasture, Crop and Lawn, Karen Kitchel, 1997, oil paint

Guiding questions:

  • How can you guide your students on a community walk to explore and notice the things around them that they might otherwise miss?
  • How can you use various materials at an art table to encourage drawing, tracing, or making rubbings of the natural objects?
  • How might students use journals to record what they see and experience on the walk?
  • How would you use textures, colors and sizes to sort and organize the natural objects?