Studying Georgia O’Keeffe gives pupils another opportunity to explore how colours make one feel. Which is pretty much what she did with the larger than life, vibrantly coloured flower paintings that she is largely remembered for.
Ducksters has a really straightforward biography, sharing just a few of her paintings.
Happy Family Art has a really useful page on creating landscapes in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. There are two templates offered on this site, I would not actually use them but show them as a starting point from children to work from. These landscape ideas are ideal if one has access to oil pastels, rather than pre-mix paint.
The Georgia O’Keefe Museum offers a great online collection of her work which can be shared on a whiteboard for discussion.
Artsy Craftsy Mom has, once again, collected a set of ten Georgia O’Keefe art projects:
- O’Keeffe Flower Bowls
A lovely flower bowl inspired by O’Keeffe’s flower paintings – this idea is from The Crayon Lab and it demonstrates how to do it. This project would be better for KS2 children than little ones.
- Georgia O’Keeffe inspired art – sadly the page mentioned by Artsycrafstymom is no longer there – but there is still a great project called Falling into Nature with a wonderful lake and landscape project.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Coloring Pages – again great to inspire art work, to show how the landscape is built.
- Georgia’s Garden Craft – huge collage flowers in the style of O’Keeffe for the younger children. Artsycrafstymom adds: “Also makes for a great science lesson about the parts of a flower!“
- Georgia O’Keeffe Ladder to the Moon “A long, homemade ladder used to lean against Georgia’s house at Ghost Ranch so that she could climb up onto the roof and gaze out at the vast desert landscapes. Sometimes she would even climb up there several times a day. At night she would climb up on the roof if she wanted to gaze and fall asleep under the stars.” (Artsycraftsymom) This project asks children to paint the watercolour background and add a collage ladder.
- Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keeffe – a book about a day in the life of the artist when she lived in New Mexico.
- O’Keeffe’s Flowers Lesson Plan from The Art of Education a freely downloadable lesson plan with detailed instructions on drawing a huge flower. It looks at color and tone, creating and outline and finally painting the flower.
- Through Georgia’s Eyes – Another book with some beautiful illustrations of Georgia O’Keeffe poppies
- Georgia’s Flowers Tissue Paper Collage from Suffield Elementary Art Blog “Georgia O’Keeffe had a remarkable way of using color, and it was the different shades more than shapes that gave definition to many of her paintings. This effect can be beautifully replicated with a simple tissue paper collage using liquid starch. There’re several ways to combine color to create depth and is a great exercise for kids of all ages!” (Artsycraftsymom)
- Georgia O’Keeffe Skull Clay Models – Later in O’Keeffe’s life Georgia moved to Mexico where she loved the desert and often painted the skulls of animals. This project has been taken down from the web now but the idea to make clay models of skulls, from her pictures, is still very good.
Studying Georgia O’keeffe as one of the modern artists really gives children an opportunity to express themselves through colour, it makes a great, inspiring study!