3rd Graders had a wonderful art field trip to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park! We were able to spend a beautiful, almost-fall morning sketching and painting our views from the Lone Star Interpretive Theater at the floor of the canyon. Students made thumbnail sketches of several view-points around the outdoor theater, then selected their favorite view to draw and paint on watercolor paper. Everyone did such a great job!!
"Palo Duro kept O'Keeffe enthralled for months. Soon after her arrival in Canyon she wrote of how it affected her: 'Last night I couldn't sleep till after four in the morning--I had been out to the canyon all afternoon--til late at night--wonderful color--I wish I could tell you how big--and with the night the colors deeper and darker--cattle on the pastures in the bottom looked like little pin heads...'
As she lay awake during the night, the artist must have been reexperiencing the canyon in her mind. She and her sister Claudia, who was living with her that year, descended into its treacherous depths. 'The only paths,' recalled O'Keeffe, 'were narrow, winding cow paths. There were sharp, high edges between long, soft earth banks so steep that you couldn't see the bottom.' To keep from falling, the two sisters held opposite ends of a long stick, but the thrilling, dangerous descent stayed with her in her dreams. 'Those perilous climbs were frightening but it was wonderful to me and not like anything I had known before . . . Many drawings came from days like that, and later some oil paintings.' "
From "O'Keeffe and Texas" by Sharyn R. Udall