Jazz Collographs

Black History Month is upon us! We learned about the history of Jazz music! Starting in New Orleans by African-American musicians, the kids listen to New Orleans style jazz and identified the instuments they heard. After compiling a list of instruments they were given a bunch of cardboard, and got busy cutting and  gluing! This … Continue reading

William H. Johnson’s Stylized Landscapes

1st grade learned about African-American artist William H. Johnson, and examples of his work, paying close attention to the use of foreground, middle ground and background. They noticed that his work wasn’t photographically realistic, thus introducing the word “stylized”. Their assignment was to draw a picture of how they got to school, making it inclusive … Continue reading

Monoprint Self-Portraits

5th grade was focusing on the proper placement of facial features and how to draw them. They were not allowed to make “L” or triangle noses. We also reviewed fractions by discussing that they eyes were 1/2 of the head, and the nose was 1/2 of that 1/2, and the mouth was 1/2 of a … Continue reading

Alma Woodsey Thomas Torn Paper Art

2nd grade learned about African-American artist Alma Woodsey Thomas and her abstract color field paintings. They learned that though the paintings weren’t identifiable as objects, they could still be flowers or astronauts as she named them, because, “Alma said so.” They loved that little bit of sass!   They got to work making their own … Continue reading

Kinder Kente Cloth

It’s February and so begins Black History Month! As a strong proponent for culture, I want to make sure my students learn as much as possible about other cultures while they are with me. The kindies first listened to a story called The Spider Weaver: The Legend of Kente Cloth and learned what it was. … Continue reading

Black History Month: The Harlem Renaissance & Jazz Music

The forth grade had a printmaking project all of their own. They also followed the same introduction as grades 2,3,5. Their printmaking project consisted of them drawing first on cardboard in pencil, instuments and music notes, with a heavy emphasis on overlapping. Then they varnished them, and traced their lines with glue. (I highly recommend … Continue reading

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. Then they watched a BrainPop video on the Harlem Renaissance.  Then finally they watched a Harlem Renaissance Powerpoint about … Continue reading

Jazz Music and the Harlem Renaissance

What do Jazz Music, the Harlem Renaissance, and Elizabeth Catlett have in common? They were our focus for Black History Month! The students watched a presentation that started with this timeline. The hardest challenge was for kids to understand moments in time, so this helped them immensely. Also helps avoid questions like, “Did you know … Continue reading