This post originally appeared on the blog Art with Jenny K.
You’ve probably seen those Vanity Fair photo spreads. The ones where famous females, draped in gowns and flowing hair, strike serious poses in a group shot meant to convey their collective strength. Each actress or athlete pictured could easily carry a magazine cover on her own. As a group, though, the image is all the more striking. Now picture the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Frida Kahlo, and Amelia Earhart standing shoulder to shoulder. Each of these icons – the activist, the artist, the pilot – is worthy of her own cover shoot.
But put them together, and you’re talking real impact: a portrait for the ages. Of course, this particular grouping of women won’t be found in the pages of a glossy magazine. But it can grace the halls of your classroom or school, using my Women’s History Month Activity: Famous Faces® of Women’s History Month poster.
Using this Women’s History Month activity, your students can create a colorful homage to the strength, creativity, and ability of one amazing group of women – and mark Women’s History Month throughout March, at the same time! Along with this poster, I have MANY Women’s History Month activities in my store including three free ones I’ve linked to at the end of this post – be sure you don’t miss them.
Women’s History Month can be traced to pretty humble beginnings. In 1911, the world celebrated its first International Women’s Day. Not until the 1980s did that celebration stretch into a whole week, when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring a National Women’s History Week in March. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated all of March as Women’s History Month.
Today, schools and communities across the country celebrate the month with lessons and activities focusing on the contributions of women. My Women’s History Month activity collaboration poster is designed to help you do the same, in a fun and highly visible way. Each student gets to participate and contribute to a meaningful piece of artwork.
This poster features eight inspirational women: Besides Yousafzai, Earhart, and Kahlo, there’s also Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Georgia O’Keeffe. And it works for any grade level, from PreK through high school, because the resource comes with options for differentiation. Click HERE to see this poster in my store.
Students work together to color in their own piece of the poster, giving them a sense of ownership and pride in what becomes a large and striking masterpiece. Teachers who have used my Famous Faces® Collaboration Poster for Black History Month – which follows a similar process – called their completed posters “absolutely beautiful.”
Everyone who sees it is amazed” -Carolyn P., a teacher at a small private school.
Another teacher shared that she had her colleagues at every grade level each color a page without telling them what the final product would be. “It turned out great!” Like most of my collaboration projects, the Famous Faces® of Women’s History Month activity/collaboration poster is the perfect accompaniment to your social studies lessons. (Teachers who used the Black History Month poster noted that they used it in combination with mini lessons and research projects on the individuals pictured.) As always, I’ve done everything I possibly could to make this easy for teachers and fun for kids. It’s so easy and I provide you with everything you need including step-by-step instructions.
Women’s History Month Activity – Collaboration Poster Details: There are two poster options to choose from – they both produce the same beautiful poster. Both options have 36 pieces and each piece fits on a regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The final poster size is approximately 21 inches by 84 inches. The difference in the two poster options is just in the color key in the top left corner. Poster option #1 provides the color key in black and white so you don’t have to print anything in color.
Poster option #2 provides the color key in color and is a great option for very young students who might not yet be able to read the key and when color printing is an option.
Women’s History Month Activity – Collaboration Poster Steps:
Kids color the pages…
All you need to do is print the poster and provide your students with crayons, colored pencils, or markers in red, blue, green and purple.
Students cut out each piece…
Then the poster gets put together.
Some teachers like giving kids the challenge of putting the poster together themselves – children LOVE this challenge! I have included name labels in this resource in case you’d like to use them with your final poster. I like to cut them out, mount them on construction paper, and then laminate them so I can use them with students to talk about and identify the women on this poster.
Of course there are many uses for the labels. Look how this teacher (Monique C. from Alabama), had her students research each person in my Famous Faces® of Black History Poster and combine it with the name tags below.
The final poster is approximately 21 inches by 84 inches. Once it’s hanging in the office, the auditorium, a hallway or your classroom, it’s sure to attract compliments and attention. The sight of these eight famous faces will remind all who look upon them that women – across the ages, in every field, of various ethnicities and from multiple countries – are still making history.
Check out these beautiful shots taken by Fourth and Fritcher and shared on her Instagram page! I love how when she took the Black History Month Famous Faces ® collaboration poster picture, there was snow on the ground and then when she took the Women’s History Month Famous Faces ® collaboration poster picture the snow had melted – shows such a nice passage of time.
I’m always working and making new projects, but so far I have this Famous Faces® style of poster for Growth Mindset, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, STEM/STEAM, Poetry, Art History, Famous Failures, and Women of History.
If eight amazing women isn’t enough, I also have my one-of-a-kind tessellation “quilt” posters that features 30 inspirational women. With this project, your students can research each of the individual ladies and create something they will not soon forget! You can read more about that on Teachers Pay Teachers HERE.
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Thanks for infusing your classrooms with art!
Jenny K. is an artist and award-winning educator who has taught art to middle school, elementary and gifted children in Virginia and in Arizona. She is dedicated to helping classroom teachers, art teachers and parents tackle creative teaching!
Teachers, think of Jenny K. as YOUR art teacher – to help you infuse art and creativity into your social studies, science, math, art history, and language arts lessons — not to mention your holiday celebrations.