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Re: Black History Month

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Sun, 10 Jan 1999 10:52:03 -0500

Hi Nora.
I'm not sure what grade level(s) you teach but there is a nice
children's book about that type of quilt:
"Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt"
by Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome (Illustrator)
List Price: $6.99 Price: $5.59
Reading level: Ages 4-8
ISBN: 0679874720

Also possible - a lesson incorporating Jacob Lawrence's extensive series
on "The Great Migration" and "John Brown" - both used as illustrations
in children's books, as well as the book "Harriet and the Promised Land"
which Lawrence illustrated. I did a very successful unit where 5th grade
students created a (group) KidPix Studio slideshow on slavery and the
underground railroad using Lawrence as an art history exemplar. This was
in conjunction with the classroom teacher's social studies curriculum.
You can search Jacob Lawrence at and find all the great
children's books with his illustrations. I have this all written up
(long) if you are interested.

Other ideas getting away from slavery issues: Romare Bearden's wonderful
collages/prints which tell about his life in the rural south and New
York's Harlem, the influences of Jazz on African American artists like
Bearden and Stuart Davis; Faith Ringgold's story quilts ("Tar Beach")

Re: Christo. Some years ago, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of
the school where I was teaching, I did an "artists of the 60's" theme,
with each class doing art based on a particular artist. We only thought
about this but never got around to it - wrapping the principal's car ala
Christo! Sigh. It would have been fun!

Nora Redfern wrote:
> Any ideas for an approach to celebrating Black History Month through the
> arts?
> I missed PBS special on quilts that were made showing escape routes to
> the slaves - does anyone know of this? Thanks!
> Also am looking for the name of the artist who has been on Phil Donahue
> Show - he does huge portraits to music. One of Martin Luther King to the
> recording of America, the Beautiful. Anyone know?
> 2nd also - Has anyone ever incorporated the work of Christo (of Running
> Fence fame) into their art curriculum? I was able to visit "the fence"
> and it was awesome. Wondering how I can share with my students. Was
> thinking of a theme of BIG art.
> Thanks!