Harlem Renaissance Traveling Exhibit

BY Peter Mann

Oak Ridge School

Project Description

Last April, I attended the Annual Conference for Teachers and Librarians at the JFK Library & Museum. Three authors/illustrators presented their life’s work, perhaps better said, their lives and their work. Bryan Collier, as one of the three, shared his life and Award-winning children’s books. His work has strong historical and cultural narratives; much of his art work reflective of Faith Ringold, Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden. As an Art teacher, I’ve been teaching about the Harlem Renaissance for years. This exhibit provides me the opportunity to share it with the entire school and community, as well as a great resource for African History Month Art & Music projects.

First objective: Students, grades 3-6, will be able to view the art and written work of the Harlem Renaissance. We will invite the community to view the traveling art exhibit and student work.

Second objective: Students will be able to: Identify individuals significant to the Harlem Renaissance and describe their contributions to it. Identify individuals significant to the Harlem Renaissance and describe their contributions to it. Experience a variety of artistic expressions of the period. . Students will create individual art and written work from their studies show their pieces alongside the traveling art exhibit. Apply knowledge of Harlem Renaissance to creating their own written and art work; a 5’x10′ mural to be created by students in Art Club, based on the exhibit, as well as individual art work from Art class, based on lessons linked to the subject.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

Students will be evaluated on the information they learn about the Harlem Renaissance, through various assessments. The art and written work created will be completed in time for the art show exhibit. Community participation is essential to the success of this exhibit, as they will be invited to exhibit opening.

Benefit to the students and the school

This project brings grades 3-6 together in learning about and creating art inspired by the many ‘artists’ of the Harlem Renaissance. The community benefits from an invitation to the school to see student work and this traveling exhibit.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

Ideally, African-American History Month, February, 2016. The Annual Art Exhibit will coincide with the Harlem Renaissance exhibit.