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Access to art education for Canadian women artists

Access to art education was as difficult for Canadian women artists as it was for their European and American counterparts. Discuss this statement, providing a brief overview of art education opportunities for women.

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As you explore why access to art education was as difficult for Canadian women artists as it was for their European and American counterparts, gender restrictions as well as financial ones were blamed. For example, research shows that "Art schools were almost nonexistent in Canada until the end of the nineteenth century and thus there was little opportunity for adequate technical training in the arts. When the schools were established early in the twentieth century, women were admitted as they were by that time in Europe. Many women artists from this early period traveled to Europe to complete their art education in the ateliers of Paris. Even with this training, few of these women artists have received significant recognition" (Unit 5 3).

In Canada, for example, few women became artistic based on sheer logistics. Experts report, "For one thing, there were statistically very few women artists during this early period of Canada's history because the population was small and transient. Finally, it is ironic that during the thirties, the one period when women artists were both numerous and at the ...

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Using an attached reference of 19 pages, this posting briefly summarizes why access to art education was as difficult for Canadian women artists as it was for their European and American counterparts. 600 words are briefly integrated.

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