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Posted: Nov 06 2007 at 9:25am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Please indulge me - it seems that I have picked another western artist for the artist of the month. November is Georgia O'Keeffe's birth month so I had been thinking about her and then we had an opportunity to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico two weeks ago. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is located there and so I took the kids for a visit on their free night. Since we were going to be studying her anyway and just had that recent experience I decided to include her here. Her paintings are very distinctive and dynamic. I think children easily recognize her works. There are a lot of picture books on O'Keeffe as well. So to start, here is a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and a sampling of her art - some flowers for which is especially know, some bleached bone paintings which are very distinctive to her work, and a landscape typical of the area where she worked most in New Mexico.

And next month we will go back to some non-western artists - promise!

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Morning Glory with Black

"Nobody sees a flower, really – it is so small – we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. So I said to myself: I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me - but I'll paint it big...I'll make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers."


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Oriental Poppies

"Everyone has many associations with a flower. You put out your hand to touch it, or lean forward to smell it, or maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking, or give it to someone to please them. But one rarely takes the time to really see a flower. I have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see."

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Cow's Skull with Calico Roses

O’Keeffe found inspiration in the smaller details of the terrain as well. Bones, rocks, and pieces of wood became subjects for her artwork. Bones, especially, intrigued her: she saw them as beautiful flowers of the desert and symbols of life. This idea so captivated her that she shipped large barrels of bones to her home in New York so she could continue to paint them even when she wasn’t in New Mexico.


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Pelvis Series Red and Yellow

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Art Activities
Abstract flowers activity inspired by O’Keeffe
Flowers Galore
Flowers a’la O’Keeffe
Student lessons


Some On-line Galleries
Gallery sorted by topic/theme
Selected works with quotes from O’Keeffe.   Visually, very well done.



NGA O’Keeffe pages - excellent study of children

Puzzle, worksheet


Children's Books
Venezia biography of O'Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe: Portraits of Women Artists for Children
My Name is Georgia
Through Georgia’s Eyes
Georgia’s Bones




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Posted: Nov 07 2007 at 3:04pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Mary, I'm so glad you picked her! She's one of my favorite artists and one of the first coffee table books I bought. Thank you for this!!!

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I'm glad you like her Stef.

I also wanted to point out that I specifically chose one of her poppy paintings for the study because of the association of the poppy with Veteran's Day and remembrance of fallen soldiers. So it ties in with the US and English holiday this weekend.

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This is wonderful! Thankyou for sharing Georgia O'Keefe! I actually hadn't heard of her.   

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Posted: Dec 11 2007 at 11:30am | IP Logged Quote amyable

Something must be wrong with my "active topics" button because I never saw this whole thread!

I love O'Keefe, thank you Mary for sharing her work and activities with us!

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Posted: Dec 11 2007 at 12:21pm | IP Logged Quote Marjorie

Thanks for sharing Mary. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta will be hosting an exhibition on Georgia O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle in February so it will tie in perfectly :-)!

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