"Going to Church" by William H. Johnson
William Henry Johnson was an African-American painter from Florence, South Carolina. Johnson created paintings that characterized African-American culture, traditions and folk art.
In the beginning of the school year, I like to have my 1st grade students dive into drawing. In their previous year as kindergarteners, I work on having students drawing bodies with shapes instead of sticks and backgrounds fully colored (instead of the blue line at the top of the page).
-depending on the time, 9" x 12" white paper or 10.5" x 16" white paper
-12" x 14" colored paper or 12" x 18" colored paper for frames
-thin black markers
-glue (for gluing project to frame paper)
The point of the project is to have students revisit their previous skills learned in kindergarten. Since they had a summer off, I like to jump into their drawing skills right away.
I also look at how shapes can be used to create a composition, and with using William H. Johnson's "Going to Church" as an example, I show students how shapes do not have to be perfect, but help us to create simple pictures.
Day 1 (40 minute class) is for the introduction into the painting and demonstration of the drawing and tracing with markers.
Day 2 is for coloring. I have students use markers, including multicultural colors, and crayons for the grass and sky. Once the pictures are finished, the students glue a frame paper to the back of their projects.
Sometimes, depending on the class, a third day is needed for finishing.
Here are some of the finished products!
Here's a youtube video found with images of William H. Johnson's work!