ART & FEMINISM:
Where are the women in art history? Under what circumstances did women make art? What did they make? How was it received? How do we study art in a discipline that has largely dismissed women?
This course will attempt to answer these questions as we consider the work of female artists from the Renaissance to artists practising today. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how art has been created, interpreted and re-interpreted through the shifting sands of gender identity, gender roles, restrictions and expectations.
Integral to our discussions will be the development and application of critical visual analysis skills. Students will be empowered to build confidence in observing, describing and interpreting a wide range of artworks. These skills will support individual reflection of your own personal practices and philosophies.
At the completion of the course it is expected that students will be able to:
Observe and describe the formal elements of any given artwork.
Articulate their personal interpretation of any given artwork with justification.
Understand key concepts in feminist art and art history, citing specific examples.