[2015] Kathryn McMahon (6th Grade 15-16): Jacob Lawrence

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[2015] Kathryn McMahon (6th Grade 15-16): Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence was a Harlem Renaissance artist. The Harlem Renaissance was a big part of African American culture. He was one of the first artists to document the history of African Americans through artwork.

Jacob Lawrence was born in New Jersey and moved to Harlem with his family when he was 13. He first became interested in art when his mom enrolled him in an after school art program. He dropped out of school at 16 but then received a scholarship to the American Artists School in New York. After graduating he began creating his narrative series. He was drafted into the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a combat artist during World War II. When he got out of the Coast Guard he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and began painting his War Series. He spent 15 years as a professor at the University of Washington. He painted to help many non-profits, such as the NAACP.

Jacob Lawrence was influenced by artist Augusta Savage and Charles Alto, who was a professor of Art at Howard University. He was also influenced by his wife Gwendolyn Knight who was an artist.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aaworld/arts/lawrence.html http://www.myblackhistory.net/Jacob_Lawrence.htm http://www.biography.com/people/jacob-lawrence-9375562

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Migration of the Negro

Jacob Lawrence

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Jacob Lawrence used his art to tell stories about black history.He created many narrative series on one subject. His most famous work is called The Migration Series. He also painted what he witnessed while in World War II. He considered himself both an artist and educator. His paintings tell the story of outstanding blacks and contemporary black history.


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