Black History Month: Harlem Renaissance & Jazz Music

Grades 2,3,& 5 also made Printmaking Projects for Black History Month. They were first introduced to the topic by a time line so that they could understand when in time it was that we were talking about.

Time LineThen they watched a BrainPop video on the Harlem Renaissance.  Then finally they watched a Harlem Renaissance Powerpoint about major artists of the era, and our focus artist, Elizabeth Catlett.

After this they were given a 8″ x 11″ piece of cardboard (called plates) and got to work on their Jazz collagraphs.

Collagraph assemblage The students were told to make sure they cut their Jazz Instruments into pieces and cut the lines they drew because just cutting around the object wouldn’t print into an identifiable instrument. This took about three weeks for them to get everything onto their plates. (Students are seen once a week)

But then it was time to print!

Collagraph printing

And here are the results!

2nd grade collagraph

2nd grade collagraph

3rd grade collagraph

3rd grade collagraph

3rd grade collagraph

3rd grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

5th grade collagraph

So awesome! And the best thing is that color can be added, by reprinting with color on their plates, or with chalk pastels like the Kinder and 1st grade projects, and the plates by themselves are sculptures that can be displayed as well!

Black History Bulletin Board Black History Bulletin Board

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About Ms. Luna

Here we go! Year number four! Teaching artist at Mark Twain Elementary! I started my career in 2002, in the New York City Schools as a Special Education Middle School teacher. Moving back to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, I continued teaching Special Education and also began teaching after school and summer art programs. Moving again to Houston, Texas. I have taught all levels and abilities from kindergarten to college and am very excited to be teaching here at Mark Twain! I am also a professional artist and designer that shows work worldwide. I have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Austin Fashion Week, Houston Press, and at the Grassi Museum of the Applied Arts in Germany. I hold a Masters of Science in Special Education from Manhattan College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. I currently am teaching grades kindergarten through fifth and am an adjuct art professor at Alvin Community College.

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