Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
  Women on the Rise!

Workshops and guides that introduce contemporary women artists as role models to promote self-esteem and critical thinking

FOR GRADE 5 and beyond



For Those Teaching the Following Topics:
Gender Roles
Ideals of Beauty
Beauty Image
Overcoming trauma
Analysis of mass media
Victimization and power



Materials Provided:
Educator guides with detailed, step-by-step instructions
including discussion suggestions
Handouts for students

Links to sites with images of the artist’s works
Listings of books and films on artists
Listing of applicable National Visual Arts Standards



Workshop Process: Each two-hour workshop focuses on the work of a different woman artist. The lesson begins with the class reading a handout with a brief summary about the artist’s life and practice. After the class has read the handout and the instructor poses follow-up questions to students (or responds to their inquiries) images of the artist’s work are displayed and the instructor poses questions to the class to generate discussion. In some lessons, the discussion of the artist’s work is followed by a creative writing exercise. The remainder of the workshop period is dedicated to executing a hands-on art project inspired by the artist’s practice. After projects have been completed the instructor leads students in a discussion of how they approached the creation of their works.

History: The Feminist Art Project is partnering with the Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA) to provide these online resources based on the nationally acclaimed Women on the Rise! program.  MOCA launched this unique outreach program in 2004 in response to the need for arts programs for teen girls in alternative schools, rehabilitation centers, and the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Detention Center. Women on the Rise! is a series of workshops in art and art history that present contemporary women artists as role models to promote self-esteem and critical thinking.

The program is conducted on-site at partnering institutions and the Museum provides transportation for students to view exhibitions of work by women artists at cultural venues throughout the community. The majority of students served by the program have never learned about women artists or contemporary art. Most have never visited a museum or participated in an art class since elementary school. Program activities and materials are designed for students with minimal to no previous art or art history instruction.

Read the NY Times article about Women on the Rise!

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Click on the GREY FILES BELOW to download Women on the Rise! workshop guides (pdf).

The Feminist Art Project gives special thanks to the education staff of The Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami and Bonnie Clearwater for making these educational materials available for publication.  Special thanks to Jillian Hernandez for her authorship, hard work and commitment to this project. To learn more about MOCA North Miami go to

Download is subject to Fair Use Laws. Copyright Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2004. All student work pictured above courtesy MOCA - North Miami.

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File Description
ANTONI Workshop guide JANINE ANTONI - Project themes: Using the body as a tool to make art (sculpture/painting/performance), Women’s work, Beauty ideals and rituals
BOURGEOIS Workshop guide LOUISE BOURGEOIS - Project themes: Art and childhood/gender, Abstraction, Struggles of women in the late 20th century art world, Overcoming traumatic life events.
BROWN Workshop guide IONA ROZEAL BROWN - Project themes: Hip Hop culture, Blackface minstrelsy, “Ganguaro” girls, Japanese art (Ukiyo-e prints), Appropriation
CAHUN Workshop guide CLAUDE CAHUN - Project themes: Performance of gender, Surrealist art making practices, New Woman movement, World War II
EISENMAN Workshop guide NICOLE EISENMAN - Project themes: Satire, Classical paintings
GALLAGHER Workshop guide ELLEN GALLEGHER - Project themes: Pre-Civil Rights era African American experience, Identity as unfixed/transformative, Beauty products, Collage
GASKELL Workshop guide ANA GASKELL - Project themes: Narrative strategies/ fairy tales, Representations of girlhood, Staged photography / use of filmmaking strategies in contemporary art
HOLZER Workshop guide JENNY HOLZER - Project themes: Using mass media communication techniques to create art, Text as art, Art in public spaces
LOPEZ Workshop guide YOLANDA LOPEZ - Project themes:Religious imagery in contemporary art, Significance of Virgen de Guadalupe icon in Mexican-American culture, Latina women’s issues / Marianismo, Motherhood / female genealogies, Creating tableau
MENDIETA Workshop guide ANA MENDIETA - Project themes: Representation of the female body, Earth art, Photography, Performance art
MUTU Workshop guide WANGECHI MUTU - Project themes: African Culture, Representation of women, Fashion/beauty ideals, Consumerism, Conflict in Rwanda
NESHAT Workshop guide SHIRIN NESHAT - Project themes: Representations of Islamic women, Poetry (text) and art, Photography and video work, Victimization and power
SMITH Workshop guide KIKI SMITH - Project themes: Anatomy and processes of the body, Representations of women and girls, Female heroines, Animals, Myths, Sculpture and Etching
WEEMS Workshop guide CARRIE MAE WEEMS - Project themes: Stereotypes of African Americans, Representations of African American life, Photography, Using archival materials, Slavery in the United States
WOODMAN Workshop guide FRANCESCA WOODMAN - Project themes: Representation of the female body, Photographic techniques (staging / long exposure)