Women in the Arts

As a first year art teacher I enthusiastically tacked up posters of Picasso's works, read books about Matisse and demonstrated Monet inspired brush strokes. One day, I heard a tiny voice ask, " All of the these artists are men, aren't there any girls?" 

All girl art camp preparing for their art show.

All girl art camp preparing for their art show.

I immediately went to the library to research female artists. I had numerous art history classes in college. It never occurred to me that we viewed slide after slide of male artists, almost exclusively.  I'm grateful to that seven year old girl who wanted to be an artist and see a reflection of herself in the art she was seeing.

georgia o'keefe

georgia o'keefe daffodil on yupo paper

georgia o'keefe daffodil on yupo paper

 Historically, women were discouraged from pursuing art as a career. These women ignored naysayers and continue to inspire young artists today......

Frida Kahlo

an ode to frida, papel picado

an ode to frida, papel picado

Sonia Delaunay 

colorful dancing shape ballets

colorful dancing shape ballets

Louise Nevelson

wood assemblage a la nevelson 

wood assemblage a la nevelson 

Mary Nohl

outdoor sculpture with natural materials inspired by mary's garden in fox point, wisconsin

outdoor sculpture with natural materials inspired by mary's garden in fox point, wisconsin

just a few artists we explored during our Women in the Arts camp week. Who are your favorite female artists?