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About This Suitcase


This suitcase is a resource for students to recognize and understand the culture and history behind the art. The term “African American art” describes a broad field in the visual arts and the Black community. It is important to look at the history of these movements and artists so that we can understand the art being made by contemporary Black artists. The goal of this suitcase is for students to explore African American art by understanding the history that influenced it.

Sample Activities (all included)

  • Quilting a Story

  • Make Your Own Stamp!

  • Bookmaking

  • Photography


What You’ll Learn

  • Elements of Art

  • Principles of Design

  • Types of Art

  • Purposes of Art

  • African American Art Vocabulary


What’s Inside

  • Lesson plans for activities

  • Materials for each activity

  • Information on significant artists

  • Books/Publications

  • Artist’s Works

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