Historical, Culturally Diverse, Standards-Based Art Lessons to Inspire Young Artists

About the Artist

Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)
The abstract art of contemporary African American artist, Jacob Lawrence, enhances Black History Month. His art of bright patterns and shapes portrayed life in America through the eyes of this artist. The beginning and intermediate student artists explore tool shapes and the advanced artists create a cityscape.






African American



Student Gallery

Jacob Lawrence Curriculum & Art Projects for Kids

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Abstract Shapes, Depth and Overlapping

Student Art Supplies

Tissue Squares, Flat Brushes, Markers

Vocabulary Learned

abstract, depth, flat, geometric, mood, overlapping, pattern, shape, theme

This artist unit is part of Track C along with six other artists.  All tracks include:

  • Implementation guide to manage scheduling, volunteers & communication
  • Multi-level, age-appropriate curriculum for all seven artists in this track
  • Engaging PowerPoint visuals that include vocabulary, art concepts & music
  • Timed, illustrated & scripted lessons perfect for teachers or volunteers
  • Hands-on technique worksheets, art project details, art prints, games & props
    *Art supplies and teacher/volunteer training DVDs can be added to your order.

The below artists are part of Track C. Save more with a track purchase & teach all year long.

Student Artwork

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