Teach With O’Keeffe: Westside Collaborative

Three students look at a painting by Georgia O'Keefe

Westside Collaborative School students in the exhibition, Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction, September 2009. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

School & Educator Programs just wrapped up the first part of Teach with O’Keeffe–an exciting project that started in September! Teach with O’Keeffe is a collaborative partnership between three schools and three museums: the Whitney in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in conjunction with the exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction. The exhibition is on view at the Whitney from September 17, 2009 to January 17, 2010 and will travel to The Phillips Collection and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in 2010.

During the 2009-2010 school year, the program will explore how teachers and Museum educators in different areas of the country work with O’Keeffe’s art, both at the museum and in the classroom.  Each museum has partnered with a school in their city, and each museum-school team will travel to the three different exhibition sites to see the O’Keeffe exhibition and present what they have been up to in their classes.

For Teach with O’Keeffe, the Whitney has partnered with the Westside Collaborative School in Manhattan, working the teachers and sixth and seventh grade students in the Art, English, and Science Departments. Before the conference began, we held multi-part programs with Westside Collaborative, both in the classroom at the Museum. We focused on exploring O’Keeffe’s artistic process and on how to decipher abstract art. Stay tuned for more about what went on during our conference!

By Liz Gillroy