March 8th is International Women’s Day. Each year #IWD serves as a reminder to think about how we are re-balancing the scales in the way we teach, present and create materials for young artists.
With so many pressures on teachers, and so much to fit into the limited time we have with our students, IWD is an important annual check on how actively we question the satus quo of the male dominated arts. There is plenty of evidence out there (for example: this great post by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, including a a downloadable fact sheet) that – despite the higher proportion of women studying and making art – the industry is serving male artists better.
It’s a big issue, and obviously not restricted to the Arts, with entrenched factors causing the inequality. However, as art educators we can do something. We must use our position to raise awareness and promote the work and words of fantastic wormen artists.
Below is the poster I’ve designed for IWD with a powerful quote by Mona Hatoum (click here for the free download: International-Women’s-Day-2018), and you can find a link to the women artists wordsearch I did for IDW2017 here.
I’d recommend following #WOMENSART @womensart1 on Twitter for a feed of excellent women artists making exciting and interesting work in a variety of media, many of whom are new to me.
To celebrate IWD this year I am making the artist research resources on these three seriously inspiring women artists just £1 to download for the whole of March.
Click on the image below to be taken to the Paypal payment page, and the resource download link will be emailed to you directly. The resources are produced in Powerpoint, so you can edit and adapt them if needed, but each is a self-contained lesson which can be used as a one-off, incorporated into a project or for a cover lesson. They are also handy for extension work or independent learning, and combine information about the artists, comprehension and practical tasks.
Plus you can find a free download resource on contemporary printmaker, Angie Lewin, here, which gives you an idea of the resource format.
Happy IWD to you on the 8th of March! And a question – which women artists would you like to see represented more in art classrooms?