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Imagine Brandywine

January 30, 2020 to October 11, 2020

Reese H.; The Shapes and Sizes of Women's Strength; 7th grade; mixed- media; 9 x 12 in., Kennett Middle School.

Zack B.; Different Gender, Same Rights; 7th grade; mixed- media; 9 x 12 in., Kennett Middle School.

Paulien D.; Christina Votes; 8th grade; mixed- media; 9 x 12 in., Kennett Middle School.

Anallely S.; Votes; 7th grade; mixed- media; 9 x 12 in., Kennett Middle School.

How Visual Images Can Help Make An Argument

Kennett Middle School’s Poster Art for Votes for Women: A Visual History

Kennett Middle School students were given the unique opportunity to display their artwork in conjunction with the exhibition of Votes for Women: A Visual History at The Brandywine River Museum of Art. To prepare and inspire the students to create their artwork, they were first introduced to the history and growth of the Women’s Rights Movement with a special emphasis on the Suffrage Movement.

For this project, students looked at the history of poster design, especially images from the Suffrage Movement, and discovered how images can be used as a tool in the arguments for or against women’s rights. Students were then challenged to create their own contemporary posters utilizing typography, drawing, painting, photo manipulation, and collage. Students included both contemporary and iconic imagery to support and enrich their poster art. The students also utilized a powerful tactic used during the Suffrage Movement of enhancing their work by incorporating strong, bold patriot colors of red, white and blue along with the colors of the American Suffrage Movement: purple, white and gold. The completed vintage style poster designs either show support or opposition for a woman’s right to vote.