Art & Design
Great art and design can decorate, educate, advocate, inspire, and challenge. At its core, art is about expression. Women’s creativity has impacted the art world, and the world at large, by challenging viewers to see the beauty and injustice of the world from their perspective.
Learn the stories behind these objects or explore more American women artists and their art in the collections
Grades 8–12. Time: Variable (1–4 class periods). Aligned to CCSS and C3 standards.
In this lesson plan, students will learn how different women artists, including Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Shan Goshorn, and Matika Wilbur, have used their art to bring attention to important issues that have affected marginalized people. Students will also look at, and use, art as a tool to explore new perspectives and think about it as a way to create change or take informed action.
Smithsonian American Women
Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection.Buy the Book