For me, finding the items I need to make the work I do in the classroom relevant to my students can be a chore. One has to dig, poke, prod and get a bit frustrated, as there is not many bodies of work regarding black artist AND lesson plan ideas. As any urban teachers knows, there can be days that are so

stressful and full of frustration.

My goal is to share what I find to help lighten the load a bit for you, as a teacher. I have a poster that I made to share and I'm going to get it up on the website---the poster has  24 black American artists on it and could be a great starting point for any clever teacher.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to bounce off ideas--I love to chat when I can, about art and getting it to our kids!  I connect my lesson plans to the national core art standards

I want to share that as any teacher looks at the standards, remember that as we teach, sometimes, more often than not, in some urban settings, come into

high school with no arts experience at all. Most of my lessons are below grade level (9-12), with the goal to bring them up to grade level. Remember, my kids are fairly low functioning--academically & often socially.

Teacher Helps:

 through Creative Making and Expression of Personal Voice-- click on the button to see the conversation.  A conversation about the book hunger and creative healing.

The Elephantworks Studio

Fine art, celebrating life, fun, family and color.

Relevant Black Artists

Who do you know?

Harriet Powers--fiber artist, quilter

Henry Owassa Tanner--painter

Alma Thomas--painter

Elizabeth Catlett--printmaker

Edmonia Lewis--sculpture

Faith Ringgold--fiber artist. quilter

Augusta Savage--sculpture

William Edouard Scott--painter

Bob Thompson--painter

Dox Thrash--drawing

Morrie Turner--cartoon artist

James Van Der Zee--photography

James W. Washington--sculpture

Kehinde Wiley--painter

Deborah Willis--photography

Romare Beardon--painter, mixed media

Jacob Lawrence--painter, mixed media

Horace Pippin--painter

Jean-Michel Bisquiat--mixed media, 2D

Lorna Simpson--mixed media, 2D

Dave, The Potter--ceramics

Elizabeth Keckley--modist, Dress maker

Thomas Day--master cratsman, furniture

Lous Mailou Jones--painter

Selma Burke--sculpture