Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence tells the story of Lawrence growing up during the Harlem Renaissance. Reproductions of his paintings pepper the entire book and the writing brings the stories of these paintings to life. The book has earned several awards and honors.

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Go along Art Project:

Jacob Lawrence used bold colors and simple shapes. His style is easy for children to reproduce. Our project involved cutting shapes out of construction paper and creating images with them. We followed the Meet the Masters lesson, but you can easily recreate the art project by looking at the sample on the website.

Go along Literature:

The Great Migration

The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence tells the story of the African Americans migrating from the south in search of work around the time of World War I.

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landingpage to see the beginning of the art history timeline.