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Georgia O'Keeffe
White Flower on Red Earth

Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK-12 | Age: 2 and up | Written by: Beth Elzinga
[Beth is an art educator from CVCS/NCCA in Ferrisburgh, VT]

Students will make large scale paintings and drawings of flowers in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe


Identification: Historical: Creation: Appreciation: What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. After a discussion about Georgia O'Keeffe and showing reproductions of her MAGNIFIED flower paintings, students are to choose one of the photos of flowers to reproduce.

  2. They were to concentrate only on the flower itself, not the leaves or background.

  3. They are to fill the whole paper with their flower.

  4. They are to look closely at the center of it.

About Georgia O'Keeffe:

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
American abstract painter born in Wisconsin. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Student's League in New York, and Colombia Teacher's College in New York. She was an art teacher before she became a full time artist. She was a leader in the development of the American Modernism Movement. O'Keeffe painted still lifes, massive flowers, the New York at Night series, southwestern landscapes and stark bones found in the desert. In 1939, she was selected as one of the twelve most outstanding women of the past fifty years by the New York World's Fair Committee. Her painting, Sunset-Long Island, was chosen to represent New York in an exhibition of the art of the United States at the World's Fair. In 1985, O'Keeffe was granted the Medal of Arts by President Ronald Reagan.

Recommended Resources:

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Flower Image Library

Recommended Books/Products:
Georgia O'Keeffe : One Hundred Flowers
by Georgia O'Keeffe, Nicolas Callaway, Nicholas Callaway
A collection of 100 famous and extravagantly beautiful flowers is available in an unprecedented miniature trade paperback edition.

Georgia O'Keeffe (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artist)
by Mike Venezia
Briefly examines the life and work of the twentieth-century American artist known for her paintings of flowers and presents examples of her art.

Georgia O'Keeffe (Portraits of Women Artists for Children)
by Robyn Montana Turner
A biography of the prominent American artist renowned for her images of gigantic flowers, cityscapes, and distinctive desert scenes.

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