International Women’s Day

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Women’s History, Jobs/Careers

Science – (Insect Life Cycle, Spiders)

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – Frida Kahlo, Lina Bo Bardi, Adelaide Labille Guiard, Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonhheur, Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun, Sibylla Merian, Louise Bourgeois

Painters, Art Careers (Architect, Commercial Artist, Portrait Painter, Teacher, Scientific Illustrator, Animator)

Sibylla Merian          Louise Bourgeois          Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun

Yesterday for International Women’s Day Google Doodle  artist, Olivia Huynh, highlighted thirteen international women who’ve made a difference in the world. I was delighted to see two artists featured among the thirteen. The doodle highlighted Mexican painter,  Frida Kahlo and Italian/ Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bard. It was also Huynh’s wish that people might become curious about these women and possibly share women who have influenced them.

I’d like to talk about some international women artists who have influenced and inspired me. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s family guide entitled, “Six Women, Six Stories”, three international artists are highlighted. Adelaide Labille Guiard was a French portrait painter. Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian painter who even created paintings for the king of Spain. French artist, Rosa Bonhheur, is one of the best animal painters of all time.  This National Gallery of Art Inside Scoop article talks about Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun. She was France’s most famous portrait painter of her time who also painted Marie Antionette. Maria Sibylla Merian was a German naturalist and scientific illustrator who discovered the life cycle of butterflies and other insects. Another famous German artist is Lotte Reiniger, an early animator who used silhouettes. She created the very first feature length animated film. Yes, it was not Walt Disney. I talk about her in more depth in this post. Last but not least, French/ American sculptor, Louise Bourgeois who is famous for her spider sculptures of all sizes. I talk about her in this post.

In the spirit of sharing, I hope during March, Women’s History Month, you’ll share one or more of these amazing women with your class.

Who are your women inspirations and how have you shared them with your classes? I would love to hear. Simply click on the title of this post and scroll down to the comment section. Also, if you like what you’ve seen here, please consider following me.

Hope to see you again soon!



  1. Lynn Goff · March 11, 2017

    Great post Kris! I need to investigate these artist more thoroughly!


    • criscophebes · March 11, 2017

      Thanks! Just clicking on the artist’s names in the post will get you started. Also, for this month you could put reproductions of their work up on that world map bulletin board you have.


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