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ART 23 — Georgia O’Keeffe: Lessons in Art and Life

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 31—Feb 28
Time: 5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 2
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Anna Koster
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Jan 31—Feb 28
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 2
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Anna Koster
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Georgia O'Keeffe once elegantly stated that when she painted, she sought to "fill a space in a beautiful way." As one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, she played a pivotal role in shaping the development of modern American art. Her unique approach to painting, characterized by bold abstraction and intense focus on natural forms, challenged traditional artistic norms and contributed to the emergence of American modernism. This inspiring course will offer students an opportunity to learn the principles that inspired the famous artist and use them to create their own unique and beautiful works of art.

The format of the course will combine illustrated lectures exploring O'Keeffe’s art and personal story with guided studio exercises inspired by the precepts that grounded the artist in her work. Students will focus on learning compositional elements of shape, color, line, and color theory and will gain an understanding of the step-by-step approach the artist used before setting brush to canvas. Along the way, the instructor will share lessons absorbed through the personal experience of working with O'Keeffe long ago. All class sessions will feature hands-on exercises for creating original art. Students will leave the course with several of their own works as well as an understanding of O'Keeffe's artistic philosophy and techniques, empowering them to continue their creative exploration long after the course concludes.

This course is designed for beginners and focuses on composition, concepts, and principles, with less attention to technique. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students' individual needs.

Artist; Instructor, Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

Anna Koster served as artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s weekend companion in 1976, then went on to earn an MFA degree and enjoy a long museum career. Since retiring as head of communications at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, she has taught at O’Keeffe’s beloved Ghost Ranch in New Mexico (now an education center), the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and other venues.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.