ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Successful Women Who Used Art As Empowerment

Successful Women Who Used Art As Empowerment

Throughout the centuries, successful women artists have been very active in contributing to the art scene. Whether as artists, models, historians, and critics, they engaged in the movements of art as empowerment. And have fought to see its transformative roles in society. Indeed, their work has significantly contributed to the advancement of our artistic society.


Yet, the art world is no exception when it comes to gender biases. Even with the presence of successful women artists, the men were still the ones most exposed to the limelight. Their works get noticed at a much higher rate compared to that of their successful women contemporaries. Women had difficulty being treated as equals in all aspects - from training in art schools, to selling their work, to gaining an audience. 

Successful women who used their art as empowerment have inspired us in various ways. There were activists like Rosa Parks, and singers like Nina Simone who contributed in the fight for equality. 

Trivia: Do you know why Rosa Parks was arrested on a Montgomery city bus in 1955? We explained it and talked about other successful women in my MLK article here!

From inspiring thousands of women to be entrepreneurs, to revolutionizing the traditional educational system, let us take a look back at some of the most notably successful women heroes who used both traditional and contemporary art as empowerment, changing our society in their own ways.

Female Empowerment Art and the Successful Women Who Made History

MARY CASSATT (1844-1926)

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was the first woman Impressionist. She was an American painter and printmaker, born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Mary Cassatt was not like any other American girl in her time. She was not in search of fashion, fame nor fortune - but rather she chased after a life of professional artistry. She went to Paris to study, observe, and paint; and later on to Italy to gain further studies in art.

Women's Day - Art as Empowerment - Successful Women - Mary Cassatt Portrait of Mary Cassatt, 1914, Unidentified Photographer.

Friendship with Edgar Degas

In Paris, France - Mary met the very notable Impressionist, Edgar Degas. Admiring each other's work from a distance for years, Degas paid Mary a visit in the year 1877. Before Degas left, he invited her to exhibit with the Independents, his parting words being "Most women paint as though they are trimming hats. Not you." This shows how Degas was clearly impressed by how Mary used her art as empowerment. Mary Cassatt accepted the offer, exhibited her work, and this brought her into the fold of the Parisian avant-garde movement.

Throughout the course of their careers, Cassatt and Degas had a lot of collaborative work. They regarded one another with high respect, and admired each other's ingenuity. Mary would often turn to him for critique, and in an interview, she described Degas as
"The only man I know whose judgment would be a help to me." Degas introduced Mary to pastel and engraving, both of which she quickly mastered. Mary, on the other hand, helped Degas sell his paintings by promoting his reputation in America. One of their most famous collaborations is the painting of a girl in a blue armchair.

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844 - 1926), Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Mary Cassatt, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878, National Gallery of Art.

Breaking Boundaries

Mary Cassatt lived in an age when women tended to marriage, motherhood, and other domestic matters. Successful women who worked were not common, and given her social class, the stigma would have been to study fashion in Paris and return to America. Mary, however, created her own path and eventually became one of the most famous and progressive Impressionists of her time.

She used her art as empowerment, and embodied the
"New Woman" that took the 20th century by wave. She worked with topics in the social construct, using women as her main models. Her artistic portrayal of women was consistently done with the suggestion of a deeper and more meaningful life they were living, full of intimacy. She did not want to fit in the stereotype of women artists, and supported the fight for women's suffrage.

Mother and Child Theme

Breakfast in bed, Mary CassattMary Cassatt, Breakfast in Bed, 1897.

Mary's works emphasized the strongest human bond that only exists between a mother and her child. She also emphasized a woman's right to vote. Cassatt was one of the first American women to exhibit at the acclaimed Paris Salon in 1872, and she remains one of the most well-known figures of successful women in Art History today.

FRIDA KAHLO (1907-1954)

"Feet, what do I want them for if I have wings to fly?" - Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo, born as Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon in Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico - is one of the most famous successful women artists in history. Known for her unique taste, she has become an image and an icon for art as empowerment in women. As a child, Frida was always into the arts. However, she developed polio in her younger years that deformed her right leg, and affected her life.

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Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait.

When she was eighteen, Frida met a tragic accident that caused her more serious medical problems, on top of her polio. This prevented her from doing almost anything, and confined her to her home for the majority of her adult life. They also suspected that she had spina bifida, a special condition of the spine. All these cases prevented her from carrying on a normal life.

Later on, she even had to have her leg amputated because gangrene had set in. 
These very defining moments in her life served as an inspiration for the artist that she was soon to become. In a way, her predicaments propelled her to use her art as empowerment. In her lifetime, she was also married to fellow artist Diego Rivera, whom she asked for advice about her art when she was younger. Although they divorced in 1939, the two stayed together in love until Kahlo's death in 1954.

Frida's Art: Colors and Fantasy (a short description)

Frida Kahlo's paintings caught worldwide attention and have proven themselves timeless. Her personal style and form of art as empowerment stand out because it is unique, mesmerizing, and mysterious to everyone who views it. Not only did she have an excellent and distinctive way of using colors, but her artworks also carry a sense of fantasy in them. Frida Kahlo has been described by many as a surrealist, or a magical realist.

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Frida Kahlo, Broken Colum, 1944.

Kahlo's use of "jolielaide" (French term, translates to "beautiful ugly") directly challenges the constant pairing of female power with physical beauty. She was unapologetically feminist. Even in her art, it showed. Her subjects' unsympathetic expressions challenge the commonality of the passive woman, and have no interest in appeasing the male gaze. Instead of a litany of muses, she described her use of herself as her subject, "I am my own muse, I am the subject I know the best."

Female Empowerment Art: An Icon of Strength

In the 1990s, Frida served as an icon of successful women for the Chicanos, the feminist movement, and the LGBTQ movement. Kahlo's work has is continually celebrated for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Her fashion statement was also very notable; she had a love for all things eccentric. Her signature is her long flowy skirts (which we later on discovered was a way of hiding her legs) and a flower crown in her head. This way one way of using art as empowerment for herself, too.

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Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas, 1939.

In most of her paintings, Kahlo appears with a shadow of a mustache on her upper lip. But she also appears with lipstick, jewelry, and headdresses. By mixing these traditional male and female characteristics, Kahlo merges the categories that separate the sexes" (Misemer). She allowed her eyebrows to grow together, thick and dark, and retained the hair on her upper lip that most women removed as a cultural norm. This was not because Kahlo was an unkempt woman, but because she purposefully diverged her femininity from traditional femininity. Frida - with her art as empowerment, unapologetic style, and the way she lived her life taught us primarily to not shy away from our bodies. Her fierceness of mind, body, and spirit is something that we can all aspire to embody. Especially today when body-shaming is still present, mainly because of the existence of social media.

BEATRIX POTTER (1866-1943)

Helen Beatrix Potter is the author of the classic children's storybook: The Tales of Peter Rabbit. She was a writer, illustrator, scientist, and conservationist who lived through a very challenging time for women. In her lifetime, she wrote and illustrated 28 books that translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100 million copies.

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Beatrix Potter in 1905 at her farm Hill Top in the Lake District.

Beatrix never went to school, but she was always encouraged to draw as a child. This revealed an early fascination for the natural world that would continue throughout her life. She had a younger brother - Bertram, who shared her love and fascination for nature. Together as children, they spent hours wandering in nature and making drawings of anything they laid eyes on like rabbits, frogs, and mice.

Life in Nature

Potter's artistic and literary interests were deeply influenced by fairies, fairy tales and fantasy. She read and studied illustrations in the books of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Most often, her illustrations were fantasies featuring her own pets: mice, rabbits, kittens, and guinea pigs.

Two of Beatrix's earliest artist models were her pet rabbits. Whenever Potter went on holiday, she sent letters to young friends, illustrating them with quick sketches. With Potter's fascination with nature, she recorded the world around her through her everyday drawings. This served as another outlet for her, in which she used a miniaturized secret code to record daily thoughts and observations (a habit that continued until she was 30). See here about the importance of having a visual diary, and how to start your own!

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An excerpt from the Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter.

Once in 1987, she wrote a paper proposing her own theory on how fungi spores reproduced. Despite being one of the successful women scientists, she was not allowed inside the meeting room. This was because she was a woman, so the paper was presented on her behalf by the Asst. Director of Kew Gardens.

Businesswoman and Pioneer

As a way to earn money in the 1890s, Beatrix and her brother began to print cards for Christmas and special occasions. They sold these and it allowed them to earn on the side. In 1901, her storybook ideas got rejected by six publishers. Due to this, Beatrix defiantly used her art as empowerment, and published her own edition of the rabbit story. A publisher saw it and decided to publish her. Within a year, they had to produce six editions to meet customer demand!

Fun fact: Did you know that Beatrix Potter was the first person who had her characters merchandised? She created toys, models, and gifts - all inspired by her tales. Today, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is now a well-known model used by Disney.

After she has successfully published her books, Beatrix focused on farming and agriculture. She had acquired lands and farms, and in 1943, Beatrix was laid to rest - leaving fifteen farms and over four thousand acres of land to the National Trust. To this day, more than two million Beatrix Potter books are sold all over the world every year. Her legacy - her art, storytelling, and love for nature have stayed with the world.

Learn how to watercolor like Beatrix Potter in this beginners guide and check out the various watercolor painting techniques you can explore.


"If we try to think back to the dim and distant past... what is it that helps us reconstruct those times, and to picture the lives of those who lived in them? It is their art... It is thanks to the hand, the companion of the mind, that civilization has arisen." - Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

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Dr. Maria Montessori in her office.

Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori bears a name recall due to her biggest legacy: the educational method that she pioneered. She was an Italian physician and educator, and one of the most successful women truly ahead of their time. At an early age, Montessori enrolled in Engineering classes at an all-boys technical school; breaking the gender norms. She later on pursued medical school, eventually gaining license as a practicing doctor. During her training years, Maria was sent to visit asylums in Rome and observe children with mental disabilities. This led her to see, research, and study systems for children with mental problems.

Casa dei Bambini

As the name suggests, Casa dei Bambini was a school for children. In 1906, Maria Montessori accepted an offer to oversee the care and education for children of low-income families. The school was situated in a new apartment building located in San Lorenzo, Rome. Beginning by enrolling 50 children, she was interested in applying her system of discoveries for children who were perfectly normal. Working with these children, Maria Montessori began to develop her own pedagogy. She allowed the children to act freely in the environment, but making sure the school was prepared to meet their needs.

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London, 2nd November 1946: Maria Montessori in a classroom in Acton with a group of children.

Dr. Maria Montessori first began by replacing the furniture with children-sized ones. She provided more natural light, and changed the schedule of the children. Dr. Montessori incorporated a style which allowed them to discover things on their own, while working on matters that they enjoyed. This developed the innate desire to learn. Maria realized that the teachers were merely guides to the wonderful discoveries the children made.

The Montessori Way

The Montessori style of education the legacy that Maria left to the world. Up to this day, schools from all over the world abide by this system. Maria saw that freedom of choice was a core value to teach children. She did not limit them to the boundaries of lesson plans and schedules, but rather gave them the freedom to choose the tasks on their own. Dr. Montessori concluded that children had a natural curiosity to learning, and the real role of the educator was to remove obstacles to the development of this learning.

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Maria Montessori visits the Gatehouse School in London, 1951.

She also stressed the importance of art as empowerment in the Montessori way. Art, like language or music, is a means of expression. Opportunities for art should always be a part of the classroom environment and not a special event. When children are able to choose art materials freely, they feel respected and satisfied with their abilities. 

The adult can help children prepare for art indirectly-through the varied activities of Practical Life and the exploration of the senses-and directly-by presenting materials and techniques carefully, and by encouraging without judgment. According to her, art is as important as the other areas of the traditional classroom. It gives children a solid foundation for personal growth. They are encouraged to explore, create, express, and develop themselves. 

Through time, the Montessori way proved itself effective and gained popularity in the international scheme of education. During her later years, Maria Montessori has given up her medical practice and focused on developing the Montessori system furthermore. She spent the rest of her remaining years developing her methods and training teachers.


One of the most famous contemporary artists of today, a woman who was also ahead of her time, is Marina Abramovic. Hailing from Serbia, she is a performance artist, writer, art film director and producer. Dubbed as the "grandmother of performance art", she began her career in the early 1970s and has been active as an artist for over four decades.

Marina Abramovic, self-portrait.

Marina's performance works are themed mostly around the body and the self. She is infamous for using her body both as a subject and vehicle, incorporating it with all her performances. Her works explore the relationship between the performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Collaborations with Ulay

Marina and Ulay met in the year 1975 at Amsterdam, and automatically gained a fondness for each other's unique artistry. After some time, they mutually decided to be together as a couple. From this union, a wide array of historical collaborative works was borne. 

Marina and Ulay's collaborations were one of a kind, but this also set them apart from other artist couples. As young performance artists, they understood each other and used their collaborative art as empowerment. Together, they lived and worked in for years, with the topic of the possible conflict of relation taken to an extreme, as their most common theme. Most of Marina and Ulay's works were very thought-provoking and quite unsettling. Together, they built an institution for their name. They were seemingly unbreakable.

However, after 12 years together, the two had to break apart from each other. 
With the last performance together, The Lovers, in 1988, they walked for three months straight to meet in the middle of the Great Wall of China. They both started from opposite ends, and their union in the middle served as their symbol of parting ways.

Marina Abramovic and Play, 2010, Successful women, art as empowerment

In 2010, Ulay unexpectedly showed up at Marina's The Artist Is Present performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This reunion left both the artists and the audience in tears.

Marina's Art as Empowerment

Marina Abramovic's works broke free from the old style of painting on canvas, and object-based materials. Her works carry courage and audacity, executed in a time performance art was not yet widely accepted. Her use of her body as a vehicle allowed the world to explore the possibilities of the human mind.

Up to this day, Marina remains as one of the few successful women performance artists to continue performing late in their career. She has inspired thousands of young women - artists and non-artists alike to explore their femininity, humanity, and the possibilities of their mind.

It wasn't
easy being a woman, especially in the trying times of the past. Yet, their innate strength and empowerment have helped shape the world we live in. Today, successful women artists are surging again, and they are using their art as empowerment - now, more than ever. They have gained a louder voice, and are continually fighting to protect their seat at the table. Let these successful women who have paved the way for art as empowerment inspire us and motivate us to be better every single day!

Check out these 7 famous female artists in contemporary art for more inspirational women to follow!

Happy International Women's Day! Which one of these successful women is your favorite icon? Let me know in the comments below!


Ardak Kassenova is a London based contemporary artist, co-founder and creative director of ZenART Supplies. Her visual style-contemporary impressionism-share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. After 20 years of a successful corporate career, becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, and with the continuous development of her practice by taking private lessons from the best artists she could find; Ardak decided it's time to align her life with her true passion, Art. Driven by this passion and her corporate leadership background, she co-founded ZenART.

"My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums."

Read more about Ardak Kassenova in this feature. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!



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