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Books:

My Name is Georgia is our favorite of the following three. The author poetically tells the story of Georgia O’Keeffe and brings home the message that we should follow our dreams.

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Through Georgia’s Eyes has a simplistic style, but the author paints pictures through her word choice.

Georgia’s Bones is another lyrical account of O’Keeffe’s independent spirit.

Go along Art Project:

Georgia O’Keeffe’s art lends itself well to a lesson in magnification.

After looking at several of Georgia’s flower paintings, choose a flower (either real, artificial, or a flower photograph) and have your child think about a magnifying glass and having the flower touch all the edges of the paper when they draw it. We usually draw just the blossom part of the flower and leave out the stems. This project is quite simple and can be done using oil pastels, chalk pastels, or paint. More details and photos of the project can be found here. You can magnify any object to draw and a good extension to the lesson is to choose other objects in nature and magnify them in a drawing.

Go Along Literature:

Georgia O’Keeffe spent the later parts of her life in New Mexico. Roxaboxen is a wonderful book set in the desert. I love the focus on pretend play in it as the children set up a town using rocks and other elements from nature.

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see the beginning of the art history timeline.

Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.