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Art is ... Kara Walker - African-American Silhouette Artist (3 Page3)
Kara Walker is a Black African-American artist who is best known for her huge silhouettes, making social statements about culture, gender and race. Her images are provocative so use caution before turning on a internet search in your classroom.
Silhouettes are usually made with light and shadow, and in black and white. This page shows your students how they can create silhouettes another way: Drawing. You will need black markers for your students.
Pages are in PDF format.
The first page is full of photos of children and pets, and the children are to carefully outline then fill in each shape with Black Fine Tip Markers.
An extension to this activity, is to next cut out the 5 shapes. Then, using a pencil, trace the shapes onto black construction paper. Cut out following the silver pencil line used to trace the silhouettes.
These two pages would be sturdier copied onto white cardstock.
Older Grades: Another extension would be to make the 3D diorama of silhouette shapes You can see Kara Walker's art example on the top of page 2. First, make all the shapes into silhouettes. Make the playground shapes into stand-ups by cutting out around the base and the figure.Then the base gets folded under the stand-up figure. Finally a playground 3-d diorama could be created with a background! Encourage students to create their own silhouettes.
Using photos, magazine pictures or students' imaginative drawings, and a black marker, students can now make silhouettes without needing light projection.
The photo pictures used in this activity are used in accordance with FAIR USE in education. They are needed to teach the students an art skill as well as visual literacy.
If you have any questions, please contact me.