Quick Write: Watch the following video and write down 2 questions you have about the artist and her work: Georgia O'Keeffe video
O’Keeffe’s Life Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1887. During her childhood, her parents encouraged her to pursue painting.
In 1907, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as an art teacher at a college in Texas for a while, but she preferred just to paint. No. 13 Special, 1916
New York In 1916, O’Keeffe met Alfred Stieglitz, a man who owned a gallery called 291. He helped her become well- known in the art world, and later she married him. Blue and Green Music 1921
Her art became famous, so she was able to support herself through painting. In 1928 she sold 6 paintings for $25,000 which was the most money that had ever been paid to one artist at that time.
Painting Nature In 1929, O’Keeffe visited New Mexico where she fell in love with nature. O’Keeffe painted large, close- up versions of flowers, and this is what she is most famous for. Sometimes she painted skulls and bones from animals in the desert. Poppies
Quick Write: Watch the following video of where O’Keeffe was when she was in New Mexico. Would you be inspired to paint if you were there? O'Keeffe New Mexico Video
Style O’Keeffe paints by outlining the object and then filling it in with a soft gradient. A soft gradient is when the tone of a part of the painting goes from dark to light slowly.
Quick Write 3: Watch the following video and look for the gradients. Why is a soft gradient a good thing for what O’Keeffe painted? O'Keeffe paintings
Your turn Do a sketch of each of the following pictures – do the outline AND shading. When you shade, show the gradient.