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5th Graders Celebrate African American Historical Figures With Art Project
Ruth Kornblatt-Stier

In honor of Black History Month, fifth graders have been working on a powerful project combining art and history. In class with art teacher Debra Duchin, each student chose an African American historical figure that piqued their curiosity. After selecting a figure they were interested in, such as influential poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou or trailblazing tennis star Arthur Ashe, they picked an inspiring phrase or message from their chosen figure and created a visual representation of their words using various artistic mediums, including watercolor and pastel. Ms. Duchin mentioned that “most of the students chose someone that they didn’t know about before they embarked on the project, and now they’re educating each other. The students are being stoked by it, galvanized by it and excited by it. It’s grown into a much bigger project.”

To check out the student artwork, please head to Photos of the Week.

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