Black History Month Art: Celebrate "YOU" Collage

To celebrate Black History Month, let’s make a Celebrate “YOU” collage!

Black History Month is a meaningful way to teach our kids about diversity. This will help them understand and embrace the importance of our differences.

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Celebrate diversity and friendship this Black History Month at Creativity School!


Let’s celebrate and enjoy diversity and friendship with your kids and enhance their creative potential this 2021!

Our award-winning artists give away free LIVE art classes from the Creativity School. 

Create fun and crafts like collages, animations, pop up cards, and much more!

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month background

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an important yearly celebration in the US to commemorate the historical role of the African people in America.

It is also celebrated to pay great importance to the huge achievements of Black men and women that shaped the US today.

Other countries around the world including Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, also celebrate this important event.

How it Started

A side-view picture of Dr. Carter Woodson, founder of Negro History week
Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, a historian and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, initiated the Negro History Week to promote the achievements of Black people.

It was first celebrated from February 12 to February 20 to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

The Negro History Week eventually grew in popularity throughout the years, which later was endorsed to be an official holiday celebrated.

When is the Black History Month?


Black History Month is being observed for the whole month of February, and this 2021, the theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity”.

Some Influential People in Black History


From civil rights activists to writers to politicians to animators, the Creativity School honors the contributions of some influential African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month.

To know more about the people who made a great impact in shaping US History especially in the field of Mathematics, you can watch this beautiful song by Music Notes!

 

How to Make a Celebrate “YOU” Collage


Our special craft today is about celebrating
YOU.

It is about saying nice things to yourselves, and feeling good about YOU today.

“I want YOU to feel that YOU are beautiful just the way you are”.- Vanessa Newton, Creativity School Teacher

READY. SET. CRAFT!

Materials

  • Used paper collection (colored papers, newspapers, magazine cut-outs, and many more!)
  • Blank sheet of paper for your collage
  • Pencil
  • Posca pens or magic markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

Collection of colored and specialty papers (graphic representation)

Step 1. Get your paper collection ready!

brown (left) and dark brown (right) colored papers (graphical representation)

Step 2. Get any paper you’d like to draw your face on.

faces drawn on brown and dark brown colored papers

Step 3. Draw and cut the shape of your face.

Face cutouts on top of black colored papers

Step 4. Glue the face shape on top of any paper you’d like for your hair.

head cut-outs with hair

Step 5. Cut the black paper to the hairstyle that you want.

head cut-outs with hairs and shoulders

Step 6. Cut a small oval (or any shape that you like!) for the shoulders.

detailed head cut-out of a girl (left) and boy(right) collage

Step 7. Add details to the face.

colorful and beautiful shape cut-outs on top of the girl and boy collages

Step 8. Cut and paste any colorful and beautiful shapes that you like on the top of your head.

"I matter because..." slogan on top of the girl and boy collages

Step 9. Use your Posca pen or magic marker, and write the message, “I matter because…”

beautiful and final form of Celebrate "You" collages

Step 10. Add decorations and scribbles to your beautiful collage!


Voila!

What a special “YOU” collage!

Tips for art-mazing success

 

  • This fun-filled activity requires the use of scissors, so TAKE EXTRA CARE while handling them, or seek the supervision of an adult. ✂️❗
  • Think about what you’re going to say about yourself, and add it to your collage. Say something like, “I am LOVED” 🥰 or “I am UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL” 👧🏾🧒
  • If you don’t have the art supplies you have, you IMPROVISE! Collage is a great craft to learn about being RESOURCEFUL!
  • Don’t be afraid to get messy! It’s part of our learning!
  • Don't throw away your paper! You can use them in making different collages.

Check out some special and colorful creations by our young artists at the Creativity School.

Three celebrate "you" collages made by young students from Creativity School
Artworks from Creativity School by Ava P. (left), Malek H. (middle), and Myla C. (right)

Share your beautiful and happy YOU in a comment below!

Whatever it is you're celebrating today, Creativity School can make it more special!

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