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. So, I’ve put together some art resources for International Women’s Day here…
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.
I’d recommend following #WOMENSART @womensart1 on Twitter. It highlights excellent women artists making exciting and interesting work in a variety of media. Many of the featured artists are new to me.
Printable artist study worksheets
These art resources for International Women’s Day are produced in Powerpoint. You can edit and adapt them if needed. Each is a self-contained lesson which can be used as a one-off, incorporated into a project or for a cover lesson, or continued into a full scheme of work. They are also handy for extension work or independent learning. Each combines information about the artists, comprehension and practical tasks. Click on the image below to be taken to the Paypal payment page. The resource download link will be emailed to you directly.
Plus you can find a free download resource on contemporary printmaker, Angie Lewin, here. This download gives you an idea of the resource format.
You can also find a link to the women artists word search I did for IDW2017 here.
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?