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Weekend Artful Retreat: Footsteps of O’Keeffe


The Experience

Embark on an artistic journey inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe in enchanting New Mexico. Explore Plaza Blanca and Abiquiú, capturing the essence of O’Keeffe's creativity. Visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe to admire her works and journals. Conclude with a watercolor workshop, channeling O’Keeffe’s spirit to create your own masterpiece.

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  • Available May - October | Weather dependent
  • All skill levels are encouraged to attend, and all materials provided
  • Takeaways included

Day 1: Plaza Blanca + Abiquiú

  • Georgia O’Keeffe, renowned as the Maiden of American Modernism, is best known for her captivating paintings crafted in the New Mexico landscape. Follow her footsteps to beloved painting spots such as The White Place ‘Plaza Blanca’, Pedernal ‘Tsi P’in’, and Ghost Ranch, the location of her secluded studio retreat.

  • O’Keeffe’s paintings were born from a deep connection with the land and sky, reflecting her profound appreciation for nature’s drama and wonder. As you explore her chosen paths, take notes, snap photos, or sketch what ignites your interest or imagination. Don’t stress about capturing every detail; instead, focus on observing, appreciating, and heightening your sensory awareness.

  • “I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at – not copy it,” remarked Georgia O’Keeffe.

  • Before departing, pick up a Georgia O’Keeffe biography at Bode’s, her favored general store in the heart of Abiquiú.

Day 2: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and watercolor workshop

  • In the late morning, immerse yourself in the captivating world of Georgia O’Keeffe at the renowned Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Here, you can marvel at her most famous works, peruse her intimate letters, and delve into her personal journals, gaining deeper insight into her artistic journey.

  • As the culmination of your art-filled adventure, participate in a mesmerizing painting workshop led by a cherished local artist. Over the course of two immersive hours, you will uncover the secrets of watercolor techniques while channeling the spirit of O’Keeffe’s beloved northern New Mexican landscapes. Let the inspiration from your journey through O’Keeffe’s footsteps fuel your creativity as you craft your own unique masterpiece.

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