1st and 2nd grade students have been learning about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe as they listen to the story Georgia’s Bones by Jen Bryant.
Students learned about O’Keeffe, who grew up on a Wisconsin farm. Georgia began gathering all sorts of objects — sticks and stones, flowers and bones. Although she was teased for her interest in unique shapes and sizes, young Georgia declared: “Someday, I’m going to be an artist” — and that is exactly what she became. Jen Bryant’s story of Georgia O’Keeffe celebrates the famous artist’s fascination with natural shapes, “common objects,” and her unusual way of looking at the world. Bethanne Andersen’s fluid, graceful illustrations capture the beauty of O’Keeffe’s work and spirit.
Students also had the opportunity to view many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s images, such as Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935.
The kids were impressed and amazed at the desert landscapes and the church painting Ranchos Church No. 1, 1929.
It was a great opportunity for students to learn about a female artist who was determined to create her own artistic legacy in a world that did not allow her much room or freedom. I hope the students will be inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s independent spirit that did not give up, much like her painting Red Poppy, 1927.