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Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint
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Ellis Wilson: Elementary Students’ Gallery

The artworks featured on the next few pages were created by 5th graders as part of a study unit inspired by an Ellis Wilson painting. The assignment, which focused on using basic “balloon” shapes to create figures, was to paint a self-portrait in which the student is accompanied by a friend or family member. The results are both colorful and creative!

Click on the thumbnail image or the title to see the complete painting.

See our high school gallery for examples of what happened when a Louisville teacher asked his art students to create an Ellis Wilson-style painting.

School: Foster Academy, Louisville, KY
Teacher: Nancy Currier
See lesson plan

by James S.

by Billy G.

Kayla F.

by Nachia W.

KET would like to hear from other teachers who use Ellis Wilson—So Much To Paint in their classroom or have created instructional units around the Harlem Renaissance, African-American art or artists, or other themes suggested by these materials ... and to share the products your students create in response. Please with your ideas so we can share them with your colleagues!

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