The video below features an inspiring look at the last 500 years of women portrayed in art. This is fascinating and may be inspiring to your little artists. It was to mine. Confession: I am mostly ignorant when it comes to the visual arts. So, I need fun hooks like this to engage me.
This might serve as a springboard to talk about how women are portrayed in art and also about artists who are women. Who are your favorite artistic women? It’s also fascinating to consider the contrast between eras in art. My own kids had blessedly pointed commentary on the difference between the modern art and the more representational pieces.
Again, I don’t know much, but I’m eager to learn.
When Zach Franzen was leading a Story Warren workshop on Illustration recently, he offered a fascinating observation. He showed two different pieces of art. One was a classic painting and the other was a urinal. Yes, a famous and celebrated piece of modern art that was…a…urinal. He asked us this: If people from 1,000 years in the future found both of these pieces in a ditch, which would they be more motivated to rescue? I suppose it might depend on how bad they had to go to the bathroom at the moment, but the answer is no mystery. Why is that?
Maybe it doesn’t answer every question about art, but it means a good deal.
I hope you enjoy this.
Featured Image cut from Mary Cassat’s Young Mother Sewing.