9 Facts We Learned About Georgia O’Keeffe

Figure 1- Portrait photograph of Georgia O'Keeffe — by Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.

1. Georgia was born in 1887 at a dairy farm in WI. She later moved to Chicago,

NYC, Lake George NY, Charlottesville, Amarillo TX, Virginia and finally settled

in New Mexico after her husband died.

2. Not only was she a painter, but she was a model for the famous photographer, Alfred Stieglitz.

Alfred, 30 years her senior, also became her husband.

3. He was responsible for her stardom as an artist. He created her first gallery

showing in NYC without her knowing! She was mad and told him to take her

paintings down! He loved her abstract charcoal drawings.

4. She lived to the ripe age of 98!

5. She loved to paint the shapes that she saw in her subject matter. Especially her up-close flower portraits. She

did that because she said that people would notice a flower painting more if it

was BIG…. She was right.

6. Georgia O’Keeffe liked to collect things like artificial flowers, and bones.

She loved the shapes that she saw when she looked at them. She would paint

them so beautifully.

7. Georgia loved to hike all over the hills of New Mexico and set up her easel and

paint until the daylight ran out. In the summer months she would use her

Model-A Ford as her studio. She would remove the driver’s seat; turn the

passenger seat around to face the rear seats. Then she would place her canvases

on the rear seat and use it as an easel. This would provide protection from the

sun and insects. She would also camp and set up tents and tarps to keep her close

to her landscape subjects.

O'Keeffe in her Model-A Ford

8. She is considered the mother of the American Modernism Movement with her large flower portraits and her up-close form collection.

9. ​She lived in New Mexico at this Ghost-Ranch for 40 years. This landscape looks a lot

like some of our final projects for our 4th-6th graders!


Our K-3rd grade students worked on creating up-close paintings of flowers. I gave them flower inspiration sketches on the white board and they got to creatin' their own big flowers on Watercolor paper. Then they outlined their sketches and made pattern lines using oil pastels and finished off the peices with a water color wash. This was the first time they used watercolors in my class so I showed them the different wash techniques and they painted. It was really fun and I saw some really nice work and concentration.

These peices are examples of the Southwestern landscapes that we created in our 4th-6th grade class.

These look similar to O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I love the rich color here! The kids worked hard and enjoyed the process!

The kids used chalk pastel and puff paint or glue to outline their subject matter:)

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