Flowerpower

Presented by Robin Sarner 

The goal of the project is to learn about the artist, Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings and to create an abstract image using line, color theory, and texture while increasing awareness and perspective by drawing a larger than life flower using a viewfinder to abstract a flower image. The project will help children to see their world in a more creative way is a powerful skill that can be used in many aspects of life.

A study in Modernism, this project captures the emotion and power of objects through abstracting the natural world. Georgia saw art all around her on a daily basis in the smallest of subjects and created an entire abstract painting using only a section of a flower.

 

Inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, students will create an abstract artwork by focusing only on portion of the enlarged flower. In the making of their artwork, students will use Sharpies, colored tissue paper and glue.

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not!”  ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American Artist. O'Keeffe was born in 1887 in Wisconsin, the second of seven children. She grew up close to nature on a large farm. By age ten, she had already decided that she would grow up to be an artist. After studying art in both Chicago and New York, O'Keeffe spent several years teaching in an elementary school and later in a college.

In the early 1920's, she stopped teaching and moved to New York to marry Alfred Stieglitz, a well known photographer. After her husband died, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico and painted the nature she loved so much. Recognized as the “Mother of American Modernism,” she played a pivotal role in its development and its relationship to abstract expressionism of the early twentieth century.
O’Keeffe produced a substantial body of work over seven decades and is best known for painting enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. She sought to capture the emotion and power of objects through abstraction the natural world. O’Keeffe often used striking viewpoints to draw attention to her subject matter and painted her flowers so large that they had to be noticed and seen in a different, new way.

 

After her husband died, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico and painted the nature she loved so much. She was ninety-eight years old when she died in 1986. Considered the first female American Modernist, her paintings of flowers, barren landscapes, and close-up still life have become a part of the mythology and iconography of the American artistic landscape.

Places to Visit

See Georgia locally at LACMA

 

Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez and Julie Paschkis Children's Book

 

Georgia O’Keeffe on BrainPop 

 

Clip from an interview made in the 70’s when Georgia O’Keeffe was an elderly woman. This video is geared for adults and older kids grades 3rd and up. 

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Wonderful online collection of O’Keeffe’s various works. 

NGA Kids on Georgia O'Keefe

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