and Georgia O'Keeffe: Focusing on the Details
and Jenni Johns of Albuquerque, NM extended
the Tulip study to include artistic expression. Read on to catch the
art-bug as they share their excitement!
were so enchanted with the Journey North activity, "Focusing
on the Details with O’Keeffe" that we planned a special
field trip and art project in conjunction with the blossoming of
Since we are fortunate enough to live in the region of the country
that inspired many of O’Keefe’s works of art, we went
to Santa Fe to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. You may
not know that Georgia O’Keeffe is the only woman artist in
the United States that has an entire museum dedicated to her work.
We were fortunate to be able
to see many of her larger-than-life flower paintings and learned
how she used color to draw the eye to the center of the blossom.
saw her trademark skull and flower pieces, early sketches, and
many other famous paintings of New Mexico landscapes. One student
took a close-up
photograph of his tulip when it bloomed and used it as a model
for his O’Keefe style tulip painting.
students used pansies, morning glories, and sunflowers, while some
of the boys
especially enjoyed creating
pictures with a skull.
The pictures were beautiful and when they were complete, were framed
and wrapped in flowered paper for students to present to their moms
on Mother’s Day. Thank you for a wonderful idea and a great
year with Journey North! - Helen Pappas’ Class in Albuquerque,