Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keefe portrait

No one sees a flower—really it is so small—we haven’t the time—and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.


Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was an American artist who made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.

Students will learn about the career history of O’Keeffe and will then dissect an owl pellet, select a bone from within it, draw the bone in detail than add pieces of the bone to the diorama made from their illustration.

Georgia O’Keeffe Lesson Plan

O’Keeffe Power Point

Owl pellet info

Owl pellet info – bone chart

Fall Lesson Review – O’Keeffe 2014 – notes and tips gathered at a lesson review meeting after fall quarter.

Winter Lesson Review – O’Keeffe 2015 – notes gathered after winter quarter.

Georgia O’Keeffe books that have been donated to your school’s library:

Georgia O’Keeffe (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia

A book filled with full-color reproductions of O’Keeffe’s work paired with story lines. Good for children ages 6 and up.

Georgia’s Bones by Jen Bryant

Georgia O’Keeffe from a young age was fascinated by the natural world that surrounded her farm home in Wisconsin. She collected natural objects from her surroundings and saw them in a way that would fuel her future artistic endeavors. Good for kids aged 5 and up.

Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez

A perfect blend of illustration and story telling that gives readers a chance to follow O’Keeffe’s early career in Wisconsin to her most productive, powerful years in New Mexico. The illustrations give way to the feelings, atmospheres, and scenery that strongly touched O’Keeffe. Age range: 5-8


Carnegie Picture Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on art eduction in Walla Walla valley schools. Read more about CPL here .