K2 Reading: African American Artists

K2 Reading: African American Artists


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In the Grades K-2 Reading & Art series, the Teacher reads a book aloud and then the students create a project inspired by the book. In the K-2 Reading: African American Artists course, students will read four biographical children's picture books about African American artists, including Basquiat (graffiti-like paintings), Faith Ringgold (narrative quilts), Horace Pippin (paintings) and David Drake (ceramicist).

What's Included: 4 projects

Course Designed For: PK-1st Grade (younger students may need assistance)

  • Radiant Child, by Javaka Steptoe, published in 2016. Learn about Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, who became famous for his grafiti-style painting with text.
  • A Splash of Red, by Jen Bryant, published in 2013. Learn about the life and art of artist, Horace Pippin. Pippin (1888-1946) was a self-taught artist who is known for landscape paintings mostly about slavery and WWI.
  • Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold, published in 1991. This is the first in a series of books about an 8-year old girl, Cassie, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Faith Ringgold is a famous American painter (1930...), most famous for her narrative quilts.
  • Dave the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill, published in 2010. Learn about the life and art of artist, David Drake (x. 1800 - c. 1870s). Drake was an American potter from South Carolina. This book explores his beautiful pottery. 

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