We have gathered top Black history month art for you which will be fascinating for you.
Met McREL Visual Arts Standard 4 (Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures)
Best Black History Month Art
You will need: Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold; blue construction paper; glue sticks; wallpaper or collage paper cut into 2-by-2-inch squares; markers; oil pastels
As an active member of the civil rights movement, Faith Ringgold captured the conflict and camaraderie of the 1960s through her art. She is best known for her narrative quilts, but she is also a children’s author and an arts educator.
Rebecca Keller, an art teacher at Halls Ferry Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, honors Black History Month by creating story quilts inspired by Ringgold’s work. Keller, who blogs at Splish Splash Splatter Art, begins the lesson by reading aloud Ringgold’s Tar Beach, the story of a young girl who flies over Harlem in 1939 claiming chunks of New York City as her own—even places her father is not allowed to go. The class discusses African-American family life in that time and place by pulling key details from the story. “I have students share ideas about other things that Cassie Louise Lightfoot could fly over to claim as her own,” says Keller. “We also imagine our own city, St. Louis.”
Next, students create story-book pages inspired by Tar Beach. Kids design a quilt-like frame around a piece of blue construction paper by collaging squares of decorative paper. Then, they use markers and oil pastels to draw a city in the center of the page, focusing on shape and color. As a final step, students draw themselves flying over their city, just like Cassie did.
Ribbons in the Sky
Standard Met: McREL Visual Arts Standard 1 (Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts)
What You Need: Little Stevie, by Quincy Troupe; drawing paper; 2-inch strips of construction paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple; glue sticks
What To Do: Stevie Wonder has made an indelible contribution to the cultural and musical landscape of America. Blind from a very young age, Wonder epitomizes what it means to overcome adversity. Share his story with your students by reading Little Stevie, explaining that Wonder uses his music to paint pictures with words and sound.
Demonstrate that talent by playing an excerpt of Wonder’s song “Ribbon in the Sky.” Have your students close their eyes while they listen and ask them what they notice: Do any images come to their minds? Explain that the song tells the story of two people whose love makes a rainbow appear in the sky.
Share a picture of a rainbow with your students and have them name the colors they see in the order that they see them (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). Next, hand each student drawing paper, a glue stick, and one strip of construction paper in each color. Have them glue the strips of paper in the correct order, name someone they love, and write his or her name across their rainbow. Display your “ribbons” around the room, lining them up to create one long rainbow.
Standard Met: McREL Visual Arts Standard 4
What You Need: Watercolor paints and paper, palettes, brushes, small cups
What To Do: In the 1960s, the artist Alma Thomas broke color and gender barriers. To commemorate Thomas’s contributions, Hope Hunter Knight, a K–5 art teacher at Dolvin Elementary School in Johns Creek, Georgia, has students create paintings in Thomas’s signature style.
To get started, Knight shares background information about Thomas, including that she was born in Georgia and that she liked to paint colors and shapes in nature. “We look at examples of her simple and beautiful paintings of falling leaves, radiating suns, and curvy rainbows,” says Knight, who blogs at Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists. (Visit nmwa.org or americanart.si.edu to view Thomas’s work, such as Autumn Leaves Fluttering in the Breeze and Aquatic Gardens.)
Once students have a sense of Thomas’s style, Knight gives each one a sheet of watercolor paper. After they complete their drawings, Knight hands out watercolor palettes, small brushes, and cups of water. They paint over their drawings with watercolors, using colors they see in Thomas’s work.
Let Freedom Ring
Standard Met: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
What You Need: Various picture books on Martin Luther King Jr., plastic cups, pipe cleaners, jingle bells
What To Do: In introducing Martin Luther King Jr. to her kindergarten students, LaNesha Tabb, a teacher at Snacks Crossing Elementary in Indianapolis, gets creative. She begins the lesson by sharing a selection of books on Dr. King and inviting kids to read in pairs. “I decided I wasn’t going to lecture or read a book up front,” says Tabb, a blogger at Another Glorious Day. “I wanted to see if they could get the gist through their own research.” After 10 to 15 minutes, Tabb -asks students to select a page that caught their attention and share what they’ve learned. As they report back, she charts their findings. She then shares the first verse of the song “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” which Dr. King quoted in his “I Have a Dream” speech.
To complete the activity and connect with the lyrics “let freedom ring,” Tabb suggests creating “freedom bells.” Cut or poke two small holes in the bottom of the plastic cups, and thread a pipe cleaner through each hole to create a handle, leaving the ends of the pipe cleaner untied within the cup. Thread a jingle bell through the pipe cleaner and tie the ends of the pipe cleaner together to keep the bell in place. Recite the first verse of the song while letting your freedom bells ring!
We’ve rounded up some of the best exhibitions to see with a Student or National Art Pass for Black History Month this October.
A nationwide celebration and appreciation of black culture, Black History Month recognises the contributions of Black British people to arts, culture and society, and celebrates black history.
Many museums and galleries put on special events during this time, and in addition to our selection of exhibitions to see below, we’d also recommend exploring what your favourite places have on offer. National Museums Liverpool have a dedicated online portal for Black History Month where you can browse events including talks, displays, film screenings and children’s activities, and at the Museum of London you can access articles, videos and photography telling the stories of Black Londoners from the collection online.
The exhibitions featured below explore varied areas of black experience and culture, from women’s identity and representation to West African mythology, spanning music, costume, sculpture, painting and mixed-media art.
This is just a snippet of what’s on offer this October – visit Black History Month online for more to see, do and explore.
Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black Music Spaces
Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
Until 24 October 2021
Free to all
In the early 2000s, a controversial risk assessment form requested from nightclub and music venue promoters made it increasingly difficult to stage Black music events in the public realm, resulting in many genres of music moving into private spaces. Here they continued to thrive and this exhibition explores the bedrooms, living rooms and community spaces that helped them grow. A wide range of music from jazz, soul and gospel to garage, grime and bashment is showcased here, along with new works by contemporary artists and interactive video exhibits.
Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Courtesy the Horniman Museum and Gardens
Power of Stories
Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
Until 24 October 2021
Free to all
The film Black Panther reached viral levels of fame around the world when it was released by Marvel Studios in 2018 and marked a major step forward for superhero film franchises in its celebration of black culture. Three of the iconic costumes featured in the film are on display here, plus comic books, cartoons and historic objects that explore the power of stories. See the outfits worn by the characters T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye, and explore how their thought-provoking narratives caused a cultural phenomenon.
Power of Stories at Christchurch Mansion. Photo: Megan Wilson
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Until 31 October 2021
Free entry with a National Art Pass
Rising sculpture star Kedisha Coakley is particularly interested in challenging western depictions of black culture, identity and representation. She creates a space where objects and reimagined symbols can be investigated in relation to race, history and culture. Braided hair features prominently in her large bronze sculptures as she investigates perceptions of African Caribbean hair. A large public sculpture by Coakley will also be on display in the West Midlands later this year – where the artist takes inspiration from African art and the Kota tribe of Gabon.
Kedisha Coakley, Ritual Series, 2019-20, © The artist. Courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Rita Keegan: Somewhere Between There and Here
South London Gallery
Until 28 November 2021
Free to all
Rita Keegan was hugely influential in the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, creating and maintaining an extensive archive of newsletters, leaflets and exhibition literature from the Black British arts scene that she continues to use as inspiration for new works. Her radical approach to using materials and her exploration of Black identity merge in digital animation, textiles, painting and copy art combined with experimental media such as scents and smells. Her work is very personal to her own experience and she uses countless images from her childhood, plus powerful self-portraits.
Rita Keegan, Untitled, 1986, © Rita Keegan
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones: Astral Reflections
Until 13 March 2022
50% off with a National Art Pass
There are three works by painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu (1917-94) that feature prominently in this exhibition – the artist was a major influence on vibrant painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, who celebrates his first UK solo exhibition at the creative hub of Charleston. In his colourful semi-abstract paintings, Adeniyi-Jones explores African mythology and explores the Black experience through painting. He draws parallels between his work, Enwonwu’s, and avant-garde painter Duncan Grant based on his own Yoruban heritage.
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Three Figures Beaming in Blue, 2021. Copyright Tunji Adeniyi-Jones; courtesy White Cube