Georgia O’Keeffe was born to dairy farmers in Wisconsin on November 15, 1887. At a young age, Georgia had decided that she wanted to become an artist and received art instruction from a local watercolorist. From 1905 to 1906 she studied at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and then in 1907 moved on to New York City where she attended the Art Students League. After working as a commercial artist for a brief period, she began teaching art at schools across the country, including Texas, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Georgia started getting more attention as an artist in 1916, when some of her charcoal drawings were sent to a New York studio owned by Alfred Stieglitz, who Georgia later married. After Georgia survived the 1918 Flu pandemic, she began working primarily with oil. She made large-scale paintings of enlarged blossoms and other natural objects, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens. Stieglitz began organizing annual exhibitions of Georgia’s work, bringing her to be known as one of the most important American artists. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. Georgia O’Keeffe died in Santé Fe, New Mexico on March 6, 1986, at the age of 98. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.
Georgia Rises, A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keeffe by Kathryn Lasky
Georgia O’Keeffe The Artist in the Desert byBritta Benke
Georgia O’Keeffe,Getting to Know…by Mike Venezia
My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter
Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez
Some of Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork
Your own Georgia O’Keeffe style painting.
Step 1: Find an interesting item from nature – flower, bone, driftwood, feather, etc.
Step 2: Gather your supplies – Cardstock, pencil, paints (either watercolors or acrylics will work), brushes, water to clean brushes, tray or paper plate to mix your colors, magnifying glass.
Step 3: Study your object with the magnifying glass, looking at the details such as textures, shapes, and colors
Step 4: On your cardstock, draw your object or part of your object large enough that it covers the whole page, even overlapping the edges.
Step 5: When you get it how you like it, paint it.
Step 6: Set is aside to dry and clean up your mess.
Here is an example from Tortillas for Breakfast when they studied Georgia O’Keeffe.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum where you can see many of her works and read more about this interesting artist.
Record what you learn about Georgia O’Keeffe on:
Learn more about O’Keeffe’s favored home state and complete:
New Mexico Tab Book
Where is New Mexico Shutterfold
New Mexico Coloring Page
New Mexico Symbols Mini Book
…all found on the USA Connections Page.
For a tea time treat make:
New Mexico’s State Cookie, the Biscochito and serve with your favorite spiced tea.