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.
Relevant Black Artists
Who do you know?
Harriet Powers--fiber artist, quilter
Henry Owassa Tanner--painter
Faith Ringgold--fiber artist. quilter
William Edouard Scott--painter
Morrie Turner--cartoon artist
James Van Der Zee--photography
James W. Washington--sculpture
Romare Beardon--painter, mixed media
Jacob Lawrence--painter, mixed media
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