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Collaborative Circle Collage

Howardena Pindell is an American painter, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. Her work explores texture, color, structures, and is often political. To honor her work for #BlackHistoryMonth inviting a child(ren) to create a mix media collage of her recurring motif of the circle, is a great way to learn about her art. The circle goes back to connecting her childhood memories. From hole punched paper, watercolor, gouache, crayon, ink, spray adhesive, and thread, the circles appea

Reginald Laurent Collage Art

Reginald Laurent has been described as a master colorist one of the premier abstract artists in the United States. Laurent is proficient in several mediums and techniques, but abstracts are his passion. He is a self-taught, award winning Chicago native that has been featured in many exhibits showcasing his vibrant detailed signature style art. He is an exemplary artist to explore and learn about during #blackhistorymonth since his art has so much purpose. “My art imitates lif

Alma Woodsey Thomas Textured Water Color Art

Alma Woodsey Thomas was an American artist and educator whose exuberant colorful paintings used the techniques of pointillism and abstract expressionism. She became the first African-American woman at the age of 80 to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. To honor her influential work for #blackhistorymonth an invitation to recreate her art work in order to inspire children to become creative just like Alma. You can read the book Dream Big, Little One by Vas

Two Ways to Create like Jean-Michel Basquiat

To celebrate another amazing artist for #blackhistorymonth, here are two ways to let a child create just like Basquiat! Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. His unmistakable brand of contemporary art astonished the New York scene by making the transition from graffiti artist to internationally acclaimed Neo-Expressionist. Basquiat drew inspiration from his upbringing and heritage. His art also honored the histories of African Americ

Simone Leigh Sculptures

Educating children from a young age about the many achievements of Black History and how it has shaped cultures worldwide, provides for concrete learning experiences that permit children to build an understanding that will impact their learning, attitudes, and beliefs about diversity and multicultural education. Simone Leigh the artist, makes mixed media-sculptures and installations, as well as videos, through which she positions the beauty and complexity of blackness. She wa

Invitation to Explore Black History Music with a Record Player

With so many musicians to honor for #blackhistorymonth a great way to celebrate decades of influential music is showcasing their art. Whether it is Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, The Jackson 5, Kendrick Lamar, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, A Tribe Called Quest or the Isley Brothers, there are decades of music to explore. Their voices and songs changed the world throughout so many genres. There is no denying the importance of music in education. Mu

Invitation to Create Marsha P. Johnson Flower Crowns

The late African-American Marsha P. Johnson was a celebrated transgender activist in the gay liberation movement. Marsha P. Johnson, the “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what she would say in response to questions about her gender. During her time the term "transgender" wasn't widely used so she referred to herself as gay, transvestite, and a drag queen. To honor her dedication to helping others and being an important figure for #blackhistorymonth inviting a child to

Invitation to Explore the Black History of Farming

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth setting a small world play to explore farming can be great way to celebrate the innovators who changed the way we farm and shaped our agricultural landscape. Before inviting a child to explore the small world play, you can teach them about those who played major roles in making what agriculture is today. Whether it is showing images of these individuals, reading books like The Abcs of Black History, or opening simply having a conversation, this

The Hill We Climb STEM Invitation

There is no denying that Amanda Gorman is the light of the 2021. She is the first ever US youth poet laureate and the youngest poet in U.S. history to recite on Inaguration Day. To honor her beautiful words not only for #BlackHistoryMonth, but for the hope she ignited into our country setting a STEM invitation to build 'The Hill We Climb' is a great way to celebrate the poet. While you may think exposing or reciting poem with so much depth will go past young children, think a

Color Match Amy Sherald's Art

This invitation to explore encourages and exposes children to several elements of learning. To set this up print out images of Amy Sherald's art, laminate them, and provide blocks or loose parts to match. We used our Rock Blocks. First things first the concept is to have the child match the colored blocks to the image.This helps build visual perception and thinking skills when they are sorting the objects to match the colors. Children can sort colors before naming them, so th

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