My kinder students know who Ms. Y.'s favorite artist is. "Mary Blair!" they all shout when I say that I'd like to tell them about an artist that I like. She was an artist who's most famously known for designing the Disneyland ride It's a Small World. Mary also worked on the color styling and background art for my favorite Disney film, Alice in Wonderland as well as Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Three Caballeros. Her husband also worked for Disney, and as the story goes, she felt extremely frustrated as the only woman working in a high capacity role, getting turned down for her amazing ideas. She was unhappy with the work environment, so she quit her job to work on her own in advertising.Read More
An absolute favorite book that I refer to a whole bunch is Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts by Ellen Surrey. Not only does it include women who found success in the 1950s and 1960s, but it's diverse and isn't limited to just 2D art. The illustrations are incredible!
I turned to this book to introduce my students to Alma Thomas, a painter whose work is very mosaic-like. We love her bright colors and her patterns.Read More