March 14-18, 2019: "Beginners: Find Your Inner O’Keeffe and Find Yourself"
Ghost Ranch Education Center offers my new "O'Keeffe Immersive" spring 2019: O’Keeffe was once a beginner herself. Join us for this workshop — for beginners, amateurs, and those looking for a new start for their work — based on O’Keeffe’s dictum to 'fill a space in a beautiful way.' Experience lessons that O’Keeffe got from her most influential teacher (Arthur Wesley Dow) and the lessons she, herself, gave novices. This class opens up the making of art with a view toward O’Keeffe’s own perspective and practices. There is so much to consider when approaching a blank page or canvas: What to paint or draw, the composition or placement of subject matter, how to get the forms right, combining color for effect, or going monochromatic, plus technique for applying the chosen media. Get started — or get further guidance — from an instructor who worked for O’Keeffe in 1976 and went on to study art and a museum career. Media options for the extended weekend include pastels, painting, collage.
"My week with Anna was transformative. I took the class because of her background and credentials, however what I received was so much more. Her sincere interest in us as artists, coupled with the majesty of landscape transported me to a place of grounding, confidence and passion for the power of creativity." — Susan Thompson, High School Principal
O'Keeffe's Contemporaries: Women Painters Born in the Same Decade
Henrietta Shore, who attended the Art Students League in New York with Georgia O'Keeffe, lived most of her life in the United States. Shore and was drawn to Carmel, California, where she lived for decades.
Born: 1880, Toronto, Canada
Died: 1963, San Jose, California
Above: "Life," circa 1921, by Shore SEE MORE ART BY SHORE
Agnes Pelton studied with Athur Wesley Dow, as did O'Keeffe, as well as in Europe and at the Pratt Institute in New York. She visited Mable Dodge Luhan in Taos, N.M., in 1919, a decade before O'Keeffe got there.
Born: 1881, Stuttgart, Germany
Died: 1961, Cathedral City, California
Above: "Winter," 1933, by Pelton SEE MORE ART BY PELTON
Helen Torr, known as "Reds," worked alongside other artists, most notably her husband Arthur Dove and their friend Georgia O'Keeffe, to develop an American style of Modernism in the 1920s.
Born: 1886, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 1967, Long Island, New York
Above: Shell, 1928, by Torr SEE MORE ART BY TORR_
Georgia O’Keeffe is the most famous women artist of her generation. Through her association with Alfred Stieglitz and his promotion of her work, she gained early acclaim and notoriety.
Born: 1887, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Died: 1986, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Series I, No. 4," 1918, by O'Keeffe
"Music, Pink and Blue No. 2," 1918, by O'Keeffe
"Tan Clam Shell with Seaweed," 1926, by O'Keeffe
Photo at top: Anna Koster in Minneapolis for the annual Association of American Museums conference