• Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam

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 Americans.

Before inviting the child to create just like the artist, reading the story Jean-Michel Basquiat by the Little People, Big Dreams series is a great way to explore the life of the artist and the story of how he of achieved incredible things that began as a child with a dream. To set up the invitation first take laminating sheets and with a permanent marker draw outlines similar to his drawings. Grab a light table, acrylic mirror, or white butcher paper as the base.



For the 1st invitation you will let the child create and explore with loose parts: buttons & pipe cleaners.


For the 2nd invitation you will let the child color the laminating sheets with dry erase markers.

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